A reader at Newsbusters correctly points the NJ.com reporter is probably violating several standards in the Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics.
- Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
- Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
- Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
- Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
- Show good taste
Speaking of unethical journalists using the "teabagger" slur, here is video of Anderson Cooper and David Gergen (plus some unknown grinning fool) on CNN giggling after Anderson Cooper lets loose with a couple of "teabagger" jokes:
About Anderson Cooper and his "teabagger" jokes, a reader at this blog said it best:
"Anderson Cooper traded a few minutes of knowing sniggering with his buddies for a lifetime of disrespect. Only a liberal reporter could get away with using a sexual slur with which he is intimately familiar to ridicule people who have no first hand experience with the practice."
Update: P. J. Gladnick says the offending post at NJ.com has been removed.
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