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Truth and Honesty in the Media

In a world surrounded by mass media, we depend on truthful and honest information to form accurate conceptions of current events and issues. Journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters should do their best to convey information that reflects the truth. Truth and the public's right to information should be the basic foundation for all journalists. One reason for the importance of truth in the media is that it demonstrates a respect for people as ends rather than as tools to be manipulated. In other words, it is not used to influence or control society but rather to benefit it. The public depends on the media to discover and report societal problems and issues that they themselves would never have the
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Many will argue that regardless of the "unethical" use of the hidden camera, "the end justifies the means." ABC Attorney, Andrew Hurwitz said hidden camera investigations, "when used properly...serve good purposes." (Fishcer, 2002). In the case of ABC vs. Medical Laboratory Management Consultants, the court claimed that the public interest was much more significant in this story and outweighed any privacy issues of the lab. "There can be no doubt that information about a medical issue with potential life and death consequences affecting millions of women is plainly of public concern." (Tannenbaum, 2002).

Supporters also argue that the personal lives of celebrities and public figures should become part of the media. Such situations have occurred in the life of Princess Diana who was constantly followed by the media. On the night of her death, she was followed by paparazzi in attempting to obtain a picture of the Princess and her new "lover." Research published by the Broadcasting Standards Commission shows that the public believes celebrities should accept that all aspects of their life may be made public. (Hodgson, 2002).

Many will argue that even the lives of private citizens should be made public in certain situations. In September 2002, Madelyne Toogood of Indiana was caught on a surveillance camera in Kohl's department store parking lot, beating and slapping her 4-year-old daughter.
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