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    2010.03.25 - Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***

    2010.03.25 - Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***

    Critics hammer ABC News for $200,000 fee to Anthonys
    9:36 p.m. EST, March 24, 2010
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    Critics say the Walt Disney-owned news organization was wrong to pay $200,000 to Casey Anthony and her family for photos and video of toddler Caylee Anthony.

    "It doesn't make them look very family-friendly, does it?" said Andrew Tyndall, who analyzes ABC, CBS and NBC evening news at his Tyndall Report Web site. "It's not just ABC News. It's the entire corporation."

    The Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Committee also took the network to task. In a statement this week, committee chairman Andy Schotz said paying money to sources while reporting on them "breaches basic journalism ethics." "ABC's failure to disclose this business relationship as part of its coverage the last two years made the breach worse," he said.

    ABC News was not the only news organization to pay the Anthonys. CBS News paid George and Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony's parents, $20,000 to license material. The parents appeared on "48 Hours Mystery" last fall.

    The problem wasn't that ABC made the payment but that Anthony was indicted, Tyndall said. "I don't think ordinary people get worried about the ethics inside the journalism profession," he said. "What they do get worried about is the idea of money being paid to somebody accused of committing a terrible crime."

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    *I just found this Press Release!

    SPJ Ethics Committee condemns major broadcast networks’ practice of “checkbook journalism”
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    3/23/2010
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    The Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Committee condemns the growing trend of “checkbook journalism” at major broadcast networks. On Thursday, during a pretrial hearing in Orlando, Fla., to determine if Casey Anthony — accused of murdering her daughter — is indigent, her attorney revealed that ABC News paid Anthony's family $200,000.

    The SPJ Ethics Committee says news organizations that pay sources, for whatever reason, while covering them inject themselves in those stories and develop an "ownership" interest. The public can legitimately question a news organization's credibility and doubt whether its reports are fair and accurate.

    The SPJ Code of Ethics says journalists should:
    • Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
    • Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

    The Ethics Committee is troubled by how widespread the practice of paying sources has become and the extravagant amounts of money changing hands.

    "News organizations that claim they're getting free interviews or access after giving sources thousands of dollars in cash or gifts are being disingenuous," Schotz said. "It's time to end this unethical shell game."

    Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

    *Much more at link!

    The Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Committee
    http://www.spj.org/ethics.asp

    SPJ Code of Ethics
    http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

    Article:
    http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=954
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    Was just on WFTV live, story not up on their site yet:

    River Cruz has tried to commit suicide, by taking a bottle of pills. Posted something on Facebook or Twitter about being tired of this #hit.

    Another Casey victim.
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