Posted by: kklist | December 4, 2015

Media in the San Bernardino Shooters’ Apartment

Hiya Ethics,

The building owner opened the apartment of the San Bernardino shooters this afternoon, and 100 journalists with cameras went inside:

Because they had permission, they didn’t trespass.  But what about interfering with a crime scene?  The police had not secured the scene, and a CNN analyst called that “the biggest law enforcement screw-up in history.”  What about providing necessary context? What about basic human decency?

Here’s what Poynter had to say:

Whatever these journalists thought they were accomplishing has been destroyed by viewers’ revulsion, as evidenced by the massive blowback on social media.

See you in class on Tuesday with your photo assignments.

best,

k
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