When it's a bad idea to be part of the story

Who remembers this incident involving Geraldo Rivera and why it gave journalism a black eye?

The following journalistic rules bear repeating, especially on LiveLeak:

Five Core Principles of Journalism
1. Truth and Accuracy
Journalists cannot always guarantee ‘truth’, but getting the facts right is the cardinal principle of journalism. We should always strive for accuracy, give all the relevant facts we have and ensure that they have been checked. When we cannot corroborate information we should say so.

2. Independence
Journalists must be independent voices; we should not act, formally or informally, on behalf of special interests whether political, corporate or cultural. We should declare to our editors – or the audience – any of our political affiliations, financial arrangements or other personal information that might constitute a conflict of interest.

3. Fairness and Impartiality
Most stories have at least two sides. While there is no obligation to present every side in every piece, stories should be balanced and add context. Objectivity is not always possible, and may not always be desirable (in the face for example of brutality or inhumanity), but impartial reporting builds trust and confidence.

4. Humanity
Journalists should do no harm. What we publish or broadcast may be hurtful, but we should be aware of the impact of our words and images on the lives of others.

5. Accountability
A sure sign of professionalism and responsible journalism is the ability to hold ourselves accountable. When we commit errors we must correct them and our expressions of regret must be sincere not cynical. We listen to the concerns of our audience. We may not change what readers write or say but we will always provide remedies when we are unfair.

There is actually a sixth rule that EVERY JOURNALIST and REPORTER knows and that is, "Never become part of the story". So just like Geraldo Rivera did in becoming part of the story in his clash with the Skin Heads, so, too, has LiveLeak become part of the story in its efforts to quash any further reporting of what is going on in China or has taken place in China with respect to the barbaric treatment of animals which has been going on for a long time and is directly linked to the various diseases that have originated in China, the most recent of which is the Chinese Virus. Oh sorry Progressives, "the Coronavirus".

Frankly, posting videos about the Yulin Dog Festival and other wet markets is necessary to keep the pressure on China to completely ban these markets and practices for the good of the world. So, it does cause one to pause and ask, "Just exactly why has LiveLeak clamped down on the posting of videos about China's wet markets all of a sudden?" Could it be that LiveLeak posters are getting close to the nerve with some of LiveLeak's sponsors. So please tell us, LiveLeak, just exactly what is the relationship of this website with China or any Chinese interest such that you feel compelled to start banning videos that highlight the appalling practices of China and the Chinese.

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By: Storm Spotter (860.60)

Tags: Journalistic integrity