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July 26, 2009

ES editorial reproduced in top US journal

The editorial in Ethical Space Vol 6, No 1 on “Deep Throat and the ethics of scandal coverage” has been reproduced in the latest issue of the prestigious, Boston-based journal Media Ethics. Joint editor Richard Lance Keeble argued that the revelation by Mark Felt, FBI deputy associate director, that he was, in fact, the “Deep Throat” whistleblower of Watergate fame exposed many of the dominant myths about investigative reporting.

In effect, the Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, were exploited by a disgruntled FBI chief in his plot against the US President. “The FBI attacks on Nixon amounted to a massive news story - but the Washington Post never reported it.”

The issue of Media Ethics also carries a critique of the recent coverage of Somalia in the UK’s corporate media by Richard Keeble. Most of the reporting has focused on pirate attacks on Western shipping. Somalia currently faces one of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters - yet this has been largely ignored, Keeble argues.

On the front page, Jane B. Singer calls for moderation when newspapers moderate blog comments while elsewhere Russell Frank examines the coverage of the 2008 Presidential campaign.

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