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Tools for Ethical Decision-Making (William A. Babcock, Gordon, and Kittross)
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But all of these institutions, including the mass media, are trying to act ethically. What makes media (and particularly journalism) ethics muckups appear more egregious than those in other professions stems from the omnipresence of the media, and the fact that the media regularly report-as they should-on their own failings. Even though the worst (e.g., Janet Cooke, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass) episodes are exceptions to the practice of most journalists, they have been so prominently discussed and covered in the media that these professional missteps take on a life of their own and often overshadow the good work being done by other journalists and media professionals in the United States and around the globe.