Skip to comments.Explained: Hacking Ethics For Journalism Students
Posted on 07/21/2011 4:44:17 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
Long story short, hacking is noble if youre a powerful left-winger, but sinful if youre allegedly rightwing. Its also acceptable for powerful left-wingers to tap the phones of less powerful left-wingers, in order to cement their leadership ambitions.
The first and most important principle to keep in mind though is to have an unbalanced worldview, bordering on schizophrenic.
Dont worry. Theres a proud history here you should be aware of. Take Democrat Obamas hero Democrat FDR. The historian Paul Johnson reminds us in Modern Times (page 650):
The tradition of presidential skulduggery had begun with Franklin Roosevelt. He had created his own intelligence unit, responsible only to himself, with a staff of eleven and financed by State Department Special Emergency money. He used Hoovers FBI and the Justice Department to harass his enemies, especially in the press, and to tap their phones the mineworkers leader John L. Lewis being one victim. He made a desperate effort to get the Chicago Tribune, which he hated, in the courts. He even used the intelligence service to bug his wifes hotel room.
Right-wingers are always targets. Take Democrat Obamas other hero, Democrat JFK. History again:
[John] Kennedy and his brother Robert positively revelled in the game, and Kennedys chief regret was that he had not made Robert head of the CIA, to bring it under close family control. At the Justice Department, Robert Kennedy in 1962 had FBI agents carry out dawn raids on the homes of executives of US Steel who had defied his brothers policies.In their civil rights campaign, the Kennedy brothers exploited the Federal contracts system and used executive orders in housing finance (rather than legislation) to get their way. They plotted against right-wing radio and TV stations. Under Kennedy and Johnson, phone-tapping increased markedly.
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Ethics and journalism in the same sentence?
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