Comments on: How journalists deal with economists’ ethics http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Danny_Black http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30559 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 19:36:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30559 Them too :p

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By: TFF http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30558 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 17:50:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30558 Not about investment advisors?

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By: Danny_Black http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30538 Sun, 04 Sep 2011 08:38:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30538 was talking about journalists.

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By: Danny_Black http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30537 Sun, 04 Sep 2011 08:37:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30537 FifthDecade, I agree there is alot of bias but I also think their is a shocking level of ignorance and frankly laziness when it comes to basic fact checking.

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By: FifthDecade http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30425 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 23:29:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30425 I often wonder if there is such an ethics code for journalists as they seem to get away with so much bias and dishonest reporting depending on what ‘angle’ their story is trying to present. The print media have of course been the worst for this, but with the multimediafication of news it does seem to creep in everywhere.

For instance, how often do you see TV News journalists substituting their voice over that of the actual speaker in a film clip long enough to have heard the original words? Or even worse, those times when the journalists puts his organisation’s overlay over what the politician is saying.

When a journalist interviews an economist, at least the economist starts from mathematics and logic; I’m not sure many media proprietors do.

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By: DACoffin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30419 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 22:10:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30419 For most economists (speaking as one of the majority), this is a non-issue and we would have no problems, because, essentially, all our income is earned from our employment. I’ve been doing this for about 40 years, and I have, in that time, had a dozen or so (paying) consultancies (mostly as an expert witness) and maybe four or five paid speaking gigs (with the top payment a $100 gift certificate at a restaurant). And I suspect that’s reasonably common.

Where the entire issue becomes germane is for the relatively few economists whose prominence makes them attractive to people who can (and will) pay substantial sums and, at the same time, makes them attractive sources for journalists. Out of the membership of the American Economic Association (18,000 according to Wikipedia, about half in academia), my guess is that no more than 500 or so would find that the sort of code of ethics you’re talking about would impinge at all on their activities.

But it’s still a good idea to have one.

(Incidentally, contra ottorock, I don’t think economists are, as a group, any more or any less ethical than any group of comparable size.)

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By: ottorock http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/01/how-journalists-deal-with-economists-ethics/comment-page-1/#comment-30411 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:30:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9680#comment-30411 Only two thoughts. Firstly, I’m pretty sure Ben Stein is a professional economist because it’s largely a self-awarded title, isn’t it? I mean, where’s the Guild of Master Economists or suchlike? It also happens to be true that Stein is a very but very bad economist, but that’s another story.

Secondly, your article seems to be a long-winded way of saying “economists don’t want a code of ethics because they are basically unethical”. If so, I heartily agree.

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