Monday, February 06, 2006

Means to an End

  • Megan definitely didn't try hard enough to get any comment from Gallagher before the original story was published. Any comment from him would've helped the story look and become more neutral and, therefore, more reliable.
  • Megan got involved with Gallagher on a romantic and personal level that clearly didn't relate to the news she was supposed to be covering. Instead of helping her with her story, this led to possible bias, making her a very untrustworthy source and journalist.
  • Megan tried to secretly record her conversation with Gallagher on the boat. Even though he should've known the information passed between the two was for a story and on the record, Megan still should've let him know about the recording device.
  • The largest of the problems I saw had to do with attribution. Megan chose not to attribute the information about Gallagher's investigation in the first place, most likely because she didn't want to lose that source for future stories. This source even somewhat intentionally left the information out for her to find. However, after being specifically asked not to use Teresa's name, Megan still published it. Teresa was trying honestly to help her good friend Gallagher and instead got her own reputation severely harmed. Megan could've, once again, left her source unattributed, but instead she chose to disregard Teresa's request and initiate the loss of a life.

1 comment:

Aggie Blue said...

bekah writes:

"The largest of the problems I saw had to do with attribution. Megan chose not to attribute the information about Gallagher's investigation in the first place, most likely because she didn't want to lose that source for future stories. This source even somewhat intentionally left the information out for her to find."

Why did Rosen set Megan up to leak that information? Is Megan's curiosity a necessary attribute for investigative reporters? For what reason was Rosen using Megan, and the press?

Who else used the press to their own advantage in this movie?