The absence of objective, non-partisan truth-seekers in the media leaves a vacuum filled by the likes of O’Keefe, polarizing journalism further and transforming it into a weapon of propaganda rather than a tonic for it, as journalism is supposed to be.
By having to settle a large lawsuit, James O’Keefe received the consequences his unethical conduct earned, but so did ACORN. Anyone who reports the story with out making this clear is engaged in deception and spin.
Creating fake situations to entice people into acting badly, filming the most embarrassing encounters and posting them on the web is such a despicable, unfair, mean-spirited act that we must reject it, unless the good it achieves is clear and overwhelming, the architects of the sting are responsible, unbiased and credible, and their motives are selfless and public-spirited.
The fact that the results of O’Keefe’s deception may well have put a decisive nail in NPR’s coffin (at least as far as taxpayer support is concerned) can not justify it.
Unethical people tend to do unethical things until they don’t get away with them.
It is James Q. Wilson, not Andrew Breitbart, that the conservatives should be mourning this week.
In today’s Comment of the Day, Rick comments on my ethics verdict regarding the most recent James O’Keefe “sting,” this one exposing a biased NPR exec and an ethically-weak NPR fundraiser.
I propose this hypothetical as a thought experiment: James O’Keefe’s Mission Impossible Accomplished
I am deeply conflicted about how to handle the results of James O’Keefe’s “undercover video” operations when they hit gold like this. This is gold, however.
Taking its inspiration from James O’Keefe’s infamous ACORN stunt, and anti-abortion group called Live Action videotaped actors as they asked Planned Parenthood staff at a New Jersey clinic for advice while disguised as a pimp and one of his prostitutes. The episode raises several ethical issues.