Judge finds KUTV reporter for Jeffs trial in contempt

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  • Anonymous
    Oct. 18, 2007 2:09 p.m.

    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 care
    enough 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!

  • greg
    Oct. 18, 2007 10:15 a.m.

    At least Shumate gets his name in the paper. That's what judges lust for.

  • kc
    Oct. 18, 2007 9:56 a.m.

    i dont think that that should be the case

  • Typical
    Oct. 18, 2007 9:24 a.m.

    Just the kind of ethics that we have come to expect from KUTV.

  • Chuck M
    Oct. 18, 2007 8:58 a.m.

    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.

  • Elsie
    Oct. 18, 2007 8:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Iron Axe
    Oct. 17, 2007 8:34 p.m.

    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 belongs.....

  • Alan Sutton
    Oct. 17, 2007 4:59 p.m.

    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 order?

  • Tisk Tisk
    Oct. 17, 2007 4:52 p.m.

    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!

  • Interesting
    Oct. 17, 2007 4:08 p.m.

    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.