ERIC Number: ED258913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Congress and the Media: The Ethical Connection.
Callahan, Daniel; And Others
This essay, an outgrowth of the Legislative Ethics and the Media Project, builds upon project meetings and interviews with members of a special task force made up of journalists representing various special ties and perspectives within the media as well as legislators, congressional staff members, and academic experts. The first of five sections discusses representation and the press and dilemmas in reporting legislative ethics. Section II, "The Relationship between Journalists and Legislators," presents a historical perspecitve of three distinct periods of press-Congress relations, as well as subsections dealing respectively with criticisms by journalists and legislators of media coverage, conflicting roles, "the plural media," and special pressures on the legislator-journalist relationship. Principles of legislative ethics and the media's role are further examined in section III. Section IV, "The Ethics of Journalists as Unelected Representatives," focuses on the foundations and principles of journalism ethics and two kinds of constraints hampering the ability of journalists to fulfill their duties of autonomy, accountability, and responsibility in covering Congress. The final section, "Journalism and the Ethics of Legislative Life," considers the interconnection and mutual ethical interdependence of legislative and journalistic ethics. (LH)
Descriptors: Credibility, Ethics, Journalism, Legislators, Mass Media, Mass Media Effects, News Media, Political Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Social Responsibility
The Hastings Center, 360 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hastings Center, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.