Poynter Online is where those of us willing to listen and learn from journalists who seek excellence each day gather. The non-profit organization met Thursday to review what has become a huge issue in our industry...ethics. Judging from the comment section in my last post it is clear, we better learn to listen to the public disappointment with our decisions or face a complete meltdown in trust.
Here is part of the statement from NBC News president Steve Capus of NBC sent to Poynter as they gathered to discuss the ethics of releasing the multimedia manifesto from the VT shooter :
"I want to take a moment to explain our decision. I assure you it was not taken lightly. It was only done after careful consideration and with great sensitivity to the families and friends of the victims and the entire community of Virginia Tech."
I briefly met Capus at an NBC meeting last year and found him to be a humble and kind man for having been identified as one of the most powerful men in the media. I believe him...now the question is do you? And what effect will your disgust over how this situation was handled effect your feelings about KALB? Comment moderation is off...go to town.