As an editor of a weekly magazine, there are many responsibilities. Upper management
recently came to the editor and told him that sales have dipped dramatically. He was also
told, that if things do not turnaround soon, heads will roll. Along comes a story that he
knows is ethically wrong, but will sell many magazines. What should be done? Should he
print the story, even though it is ethically wrong and save jobs, or should he by-pass the
Countless stories have been printed in both the traditional and non-traditional news
formats that go against the virtue ethics the media is supposed to follow. Is the media
trying to keep the public informed, or is it just about ratings? What is the solution to
the sensational journalism, which has become a major part of “traditional news”?
From a deontological perspective the media can argue that the basic right to freedom of
speech overrides the unethical issues of running the story. The media’s viewpoint is that
it’s the public’s right to know.
In my opinion, it seems the networks are more interested in higher ratings and the press