THE BETRAYAL CONTINUES
PRINCIPLE OF INDEPENDENCE
Buckwalter [John Buckwalter, then president of The Lancaster Newspapers Inc.] said his newspapers have reported on the project. He also made it a rule that the newspaper’s role in the partnership is mentioned in every story about the hotel and convention center.
That may not be enough to satisfy full disclosure, said Kelly McBride, an ethics specialist at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“The problem is, the principle in journalism is the principle of independence,” she said. “We, as journalists, need to be independent to hold people accountable. If you take public money, you need to account for public money.”
From November 2002 in TRIBLIVE “Lancaster publisher among investors,” (click here).