Saturday, February 04, 2006

Absence of Malice Problems.....

The laundry list of problems I came up with...
  • The reporter allowed herself to look through Gallagher's file in the detectives office.
  • From this she writes an unattributed story about the investigation.
  • Getting involved with Gallagher (the person being investigated) on a personal level.
  • The reporter getting personally involved with Gallagher led her to a long time friend of his, she printed a story that mentioned the friend having an abortion, this led his friend, an innocent eyewitness to commit suicide.
I think it was too bad that the reporter had to print the story about Gallagher's friend. There was no proof that Gallagher was with her getting the abortion and also there was no proof that he didn't kill Diaz anyway. This whole situation should have been taken into closer consideration especially since the reporter was asked not to print it.

4 comments:

Dave K said...

You know, I only skimmed through the other posts, but one of the things that I noticed about yours was that you phrased it "the reporter allowed herself to look through the files" instead of "the investigator left the files to be found". I mean, it is a MEDIA ethics class, not a LAW ethics class. So I liked your take on that, placing the responsibility on the reporter instead of the investigator. I kinda sorta borrowed it for my post to be perfectly honest. :)

Aggie Blue said...

galit writes:

"# The reporter allowed herself to look through Gallagher's file in the detectives office.

# From this she writes an unattributed story about the investigation."

Of course, if Megan had never snooped in the files -- which were set up so she would -- none of this might ever have gone down.

Is the problem that she's snoopy? Do good reporters need to be snoopy? How about the more socially acceptable word for snoopy, "curious"?

galit said...

Yes good reporters are the ones that go the extra step and ask the tough questions, are extra curious etc. although wouldn't it just feel better if the detective had given the file to Megan? I would've just kept the detective in there a little longer and waited for the go ahead to open the file. This would've felt more comfortable because then Megan would've been controlling the situation.

Aggie Blue said...

For sure it would "feel better" if Rosen had just handed her the file, but then HE would be illegally leaking it to the press, which would have cost him his job. So if he's fishing for information on the Gallagher case and wants a story out that might help him get it, what better way than to use the press?