Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Absence of Malice

I saw that Meg ultimately felt guilty and responsible for the issues that came to pass. She had the feeling of error, but I am not sure she corrected the ethical issues she practiced. The most problematic ethical issues she faced were allowing certain feelings to control her actions. Meg was unethical in her treatment of Teresa Perrone. Meg was given private information on an event, which obviously devastated Ms. Perrone, and let the information be printed. Meg objected to her editor's advice to print the story as was, but gave in far too easily. By printing the story Meg caused harm and discomfort to Ms. Perrone and eventually led to Teresa’s suicide. After the matter Meg became distraught, but again allowed her emotions to dictate her actions. Meg was hungry for the truth at all cost. I believe Meg was wrong for sharing all the information about Ms. Perrone. The article could have been tasteful and respectful.


  1. I too was surprised that Meg didn't seem to care that Ms. Perrone was sharing very private personal information with her. She just brushed it off and considered it part of her job. I liked that you brought up that this was an ethical problem because this one seemed to have slipped my mind.

  2. I have to disagree with you guys. Sorry, hope you still like me. LOL. But I am sticking up for Megan here. The alibi of Ms. Perrone was also the alibi of Mike. It is very relevant, even critical for the story, for Mike's freedom's sake. It is the obligation of the journalist to find and print these facts. If Ms. Perrone was uncomfortable with this, she should have not divulged the information, or got a lawyer, or something.