This is the website for the senior-level Journalism Ethics course required of students in the Journalism Minor at the University of San Francisco. We are delighted that non-minors are among us this Fall.
What a great episode.
First of all: “Hitler had the right idea.” Wow. How popular was the show at the time? Do you know what public reaction to this episode was? When I did a brief Google search for it, I learned that it actually premiered quite early in the show’s history. It’s hard for me to imagine such controversial subject matter making it to primetime today.But back to journalism ethics. I think Billie did the right thing in publishing her story, though her methods in acquiring information were somewhat dubious. As we discussed in class, she did use her sexuality a bit: buying her boss a drink, accepting a dinner invitation from her source, flirting with the propaganda officer … Though the sources I’ve talked to strongly disapprove of such behavior (Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian laughed at me when I asked if he would ever flirt with someone he was interviewing), it’s hard for me to believe that most women don’t use their “wiles” to their advantage. As a marginalized group of people, I think many females feel justified and even empowered in manipulating men to suit their means. I don’t know if it’s fair or not – I just know that’s the way it is.
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