Reporting a Death

Good Morning, Ethics!

We’ll soon be talking about privacy, and this Steve Buttry blog post  on reporting the death of the father of a Kansas City Royals pitcher during last night’s game raises some of those questions, along with minimizing harm.

It was not clear that Edinson Volquez knew before he started Game One in the World Series that his father had died in the Dominican Republic, but some news organizations published/broadcast it anyway.

Buttry argues that except in rare instances, the media should make certain that family members have been informed of a death before publication.

What do you think?  We’ll discuss this tomorrow in class.