Posted by: kklist | January 29, 2017

“zero integrity, zero intelligence” ???

Good Morning Ethics!

At the top of the New York Times today is a story on Trump chief strategist Stephen Bannon calling the media “the opposition party.”

Asked if he was concerned that [Press Secretary Sean] Spicer had lost credibility with the news media, Mr. Bannon chortled. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “We think that’s a badge of honor. ‘Questioning his integrity’ — are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work.”

“You’re the opposition party,” he said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”

Journalists reacted with alarm and defiance to Mr. Bannon’s comments. “What country are we living in?” Christiane Amanpour, the CNN correspondent, wrote on Twitter.

Christiane’s speech that we watched in yesterday’s class foreshadowed this. And you can use her quote at this weekend’s parties: “What country are we living in?” Keep track of responses and report back!

best,

k

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