Tag Archives: Ethics

The Newt & The Con

By Joel Thurtell Bottom line, what’s the difference, speaking ethically now, between Newt “The Newter” Gingrich and John “The Con” Conyers? First, I need to own up to having a bias. Rather, I have two biases. I think The Newter … Continue reading

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Whistleblowin’ Nan

By Joel Thurtell Why is House minority Leader Nancy Pelosi choosing this time to blow the ethics whistle on Newt Gingrich? That’s a no-brainer. It’s election year, and Newt looks like a potent candidate to challenge President Obama. So the … Continue reading

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Congresswoman puzzled: If Conyers doesn’t stink, why do I?

By Joel Thurtell U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson wonders why she has to obey rules that other members have gotten away with breaking. Richardson, a California Democrat, named a Michigan congressman as a previous flagrant offender who got off scot-free. Richardson … Continue reading

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JC shocked, shocked at son’s behavior

By Joel Thurtell U.S Rep. John Conyers says he’s sorry his son misused a congressional car. The congressman wants to reimburse the government for his son’s bad behavior. Ain’t that sweet? Congressman Conyers actually concedes there might be something wrong … Continue reading

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David Carr, impartiality and a Times ethics policy

The sidelines, which is where American journalism and news used to live, have become a far less interesting place. Why merely annotate events when you can tilt the playing field? – David Carr, New York Times, November 8, 2010 By … Continue reading

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‘Objectivity’ and Olbermann

By Joel Thurtell It was subtle. It was understated in a shifty way. But The New York Times managed to tell its readers that journalists who give money to political causes are bad people without mentioning that the Times has … Continue reading

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Setting an example at UM

By Joel Thurtell The Detroit Free Press’s Drew Sharp was right on the money when he wrote that Coach Rod needs to fess up, shoulder the responsibility for a third miserable University of Michigan football season and stop blaming assistant … Continue reading

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Tainted by my t-shirt?

┬áBy Joel Thurtell I’m sitting here in my t-shirt wondering if this shred of cotton is somehow polluting everything I write because it has a photo of Barack Obama. Is it possible that unseen biases are creeping into my head … Continue reading

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J school tricks: Making jaundice look ‘balanced’ 1.1

By Joel Thurtell In my lecture today, I’ll show you budding young journalists how to do what might seem impossible to many writers with less skill than you will have once you complete your training here in Joel’s J School. … Continue reading

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A TRUE ethics policy revisited

By Joel Thurtell Still on vacation. Hope you don’t mind another retread. I think this essay on ethics is important and I plan to follow with more thoughts on what’s important and what’s not important to credibility for journalists. With … Continue reading

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