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The government factor : undermining journalistic ethics in the information age / Richard T. Kaplar and Patrick D. Maines.

By: Kaplar, Richard T.
Contributor(s): Maines, Patrick D.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, c1995Description: xi, 100 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1882577256; 9781882577255; 1882577264 (pbk.); 9781882577262 (pbk.).Subject(s): Journalistic ethics -- United States | Freedom of the press -- United States | Government and the press -- United States | Mass media -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Government factor.DDC classification: 174/.9097 LOC classification: PN4888.E8 | K37 1995Other classification: 05.33 Also issued online.
Introduction -- The Dynamic Process of Ethics -- The Substitution of Government Ethics for Private Ethics -- Technology and Structural Impediments to Journalistic Ethics -- Journalistic Ethics and the Information Superhighway -- Conclusion.
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PN4888.E8 K37 1995 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001200120

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Also issued online.

1. Introduction -- 2. The Dynamic Process of Ethics -- 3. The Substitution of Government Ethics for Private Ethics -- 4. Technology and Structural Impediments to Journalistic Ethics -- 5. Journalistic Ethics and the Information Superhighway -- 6. Conclusion.

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By misrepresenting itself as a study of ethics, this short volume fails one of the accepted ethical standards that it presents--to tell the truth without distortion or misrepresentation. It is not a study of ethics but rather another example of the many industry-produced monographs complaining about government regulation of broadcasting (see, for example, the writings of Craig R. Smith). Nowhere does this work acknowledge the real basis for government regulation--that the broadcasting spectrum belongs to the public, and broadcasters are only profit-making users of public property. The truth is that the failure of government regulation is not overregulation but its refusal to require broadcasters to function "in the public interest, convenience, and necessity." Though much of the argument in this study rests on the marketplace of ideas (spectrum abundance) concept, the authors do not recognize the fact that the marketplace is daily becoming more of a monopoly in which competing and alternative voices are bought out and silenced. Given this reality, the authors' proposal to free the industry so that it can "do the right thing" does not sound like a good idea on either practical or ethical grounds. Not recommended for academic collections.

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