A reminder, I hope - ethical blunders galore.Courts, judges, jurrors - the
process should be respected and court orders paid attention to. Honest
mistake is a moniker for I just didn't careenough to pay attention to the
rules and ethics of journalism and the law. Both the reporter who took the
statement, and the station,who broadcast the piece should be held to strict
accountability. Baker should have known better,(Dave Fox should have known
better)and parties at the station should have had the expertise to question the
report when it came in. Where's the "apology", where's the "we made an error
within our system" and "we should have known better." Editors and even legal
counsel should have been alerted to the piece before it ran - but this wasn't
the case. Both a sloppy and elitist air/hubris abides in the halls of SLC's
"trusted" Channel 2 TV station. Upside down ethics on parade!
At least Shumate gets his name in the paper. That's what judges lust for.
i dont think that that should be the case
Just the kind of ethics that we have come to expect from KUTV.
I, too, was a journalist and few things get past editors. I recall a story in
which I was asked to withhold naming an individual because of his undercover
status within the police department. My bosses decided the name should be used.
KUTV's legal should have been all over any court issued orders and advising
their reporters on the do's and don'ts. Bottom line is that unless things have
changed in the past few years, reporters typically clear most of their stories
before going to air unless they're rushed to a breaking story that requires them
to shoot from the hip.
I'm a journalist and don't think her punishment was strong enough. That kind of
air-headedness gives us all a bad name. She should be barred from court coverage
for a while, at least until she reviews SPJ's ethics list guidelines.
Your Honor!!!Please do not waste more of our tax $$$ to pay for your wages to
play politics and words with the people that give us the news, why don't you
make use of our money and convict Warren Jeff and send him to prison, all you
have done is give us lip service instead of sending him to where he
This is strange: a journalist preparing and reporting a story only because a
judge ordered that she do the story. And the judge-ordered story will have
nothing to do with the circumstances that caused the judge to order the story.
Why would KUTV, or any other independent news organization, comply with such an
That's not going to look good on her salary review. Poor girl--but when you play
in the big leagues you've got to be on top of your game!
I wonder how many other jurors had a personal dislike for Jeffs but said nothing
and got on the jury? It is a very interesting question I think. I hope if I'm
every on trial I do not get any jurors that have a bias against me. Woulsd kind
of make it hard to get a fair trial. I wonder if the venue should
have been changed to northern Utah. Probably would have elemenated the problem
of hateful niehbors in the jury pool.