Ethical issues in the media

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(Credit: The Denver Channel, screenshot)

Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH, accidentally ran a Photoshopped image of Paula Broadwell’s book on David Petraeus. During the stations November 12 report of the Petraeus scandal the cover for the book All In was altered to read All Up in my Snatch. The reposting of the photo was a result of a reporters internet search.

The station’s news director, Jeff Harris apologizes for the incident stating:

We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast.  The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored.  We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to avoid any recurrence of its broadcast.  We are following up internally as well to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.

The website Death and Taxes is originally responsible for the image. Death and Taxes posted on their site

We thought it was pretty funny but also pretty crude and in poor taste, and we unpublished it after about 5 minutes. But not before the web page got cached and the image made searchable through Google images.

I find this to be quite hilarious, but rather distasteful for the image to be in the news. As a reporter, things like this just shouldn’t happen. I can imagine the person responsible would have gotten in a lot of trouble or even fired for such a mistake!

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