The Dark Side of the News Coverage of the Casey Anthony Trial

The Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalism Decries Checkbook Journalism – Again – With News Coverage of Casey Anthony

No Surprise Here!

SJP reports:

The revelation this week that ABC News paid a second source close to the Casey Anthony murder trial – raising the total price of exclusive coverage to $215,000 – underscores a growing trend of buying news content and it stands to undermine journalistic credibility, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee said today.

ABC News and other networks have paid licensing fees for exclusive information in the past, and those practiceshave been challenged by SPJ as undermining news legitimacy and creating an environment of “truth-selling.”

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