The question of deception

May 26, 2005 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

When the Spokane Spokesman-Review recently exposed nefarious behavior on the part of Spokane’s mayor, the newspaper used some deception in its reporting. The reaction of many editors would lead you to believe that “Thou shalt never deceive” is one of the most sacred of Journalist Commandments. But it’s not. Deception isn’t always a good idea, but it has a good history and support from one of the profession’s major codes of ethics. More.

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