As the journalistic field comes under pressure in the UK following the Phone hacking scandal that has already claimed one newspaper, it is encouraging to find that there’s hope for the field.
As the Leveson inquiry continues, and industry players try to find the way forward, my poll on whether or not it is right to knowingly mislead journalists regardless of whether they work for a tabloid newspaper or not reveals that the majority of people think it is not right.
44% of you voted that misleading a journalist is wrong. However there was a draw at 25% with some of you saying two wrongs don’t make a right and the other 25% who believe that it is a journalist’s job to verify his/her sources.
According to my poll, in general you expect journalists to use reliable sources or face the consequences, but also you have a sense of right and wrong and definitely don’t support the ‘tit for tat’ philosophy. There was 6% of the voters who didn’t know what to do.
I find the results encouraging especially now when journalism in the UK is on trial.
I base my poll on the Hacking book: how we fooled tabloids into running false celebrity stories.
This extract from The phone hacking scandal: journalism on trial* is taken from a chapter written by Chris Atkins, director of a film that showed how tabloid journalists could be fooled into accepting false stories. Atkins admitted to knowingly giving tabloid journalists false information to get evidence of their “wrongdoing”.