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Governor Walker and the Beast: Do ends justify the means?

The storm of controversy that swirls around the prank call to Gov. Scott Walker raises the oldest question in ethics: If you achieve results, who cares about the means?

Of course, we are taught to be wary of “the ends justifies the means” reasoning, but is this always the case in journalism?

By existing journalism standards, the prank call was unethical practice. But explaining how such standards apply in a world of new media and new practices is complicated . . . Continue reading