What is Ethical Journalism? Part IV: To Act Independently

So far in our study the of the code of conduct for ethical journalists as set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) we’ve seen a multiple instances of what the clear and unambiguous methodology of a proper journalist ought to be. 

And just as often we’ve seen how many of these

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What is Ethical Journalism? Part III: To Minimize Harm

We saw in part II, as we began our examination of the official ethical requirements for reporters, that journalists in good ethical standing ought first and foremost to always seek the truth and report it.

In what must have come as a shock to very few of our readers, Tony Ortega’s body of

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What is Ethical Journalism? Part II: To Seek The Truth and Report It

This is part II of the conversation about the standards of ethical journalism as delineated by the media watchdog organization the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and how tabloid hacks like Tony Ortega and others like them measure up.

Today we’d like to jump straight into the first of four principles which SPJ identifies

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What is Ethical Journalism? Part I

The encroachment of fake tabloid-style news is and should be a concern for every American who cares about truth. Hucksters, hacks, and crass opportunists like Tony Ortega, who are paid by their sources, have been slowly but steadily poisoning the media well with their pseudo-journalistic style of reporting rumor, malicious lies, and wholesale fantasies

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Tony Ortega’s “Bunker Boy” Mentality

Merriam Webster defines the term Bunker mentality as a state of mind especially among members of a group that is characterized by chauvinistic defensiveness and self-righteous intolerance of criticism. 

Is it any wonder then that Tony Ortega’s continued attitude of extreme defensiveness and self-justification based on his exaggerated sense of ‘being under persistent attack’

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The Petty Anti-Intellectualism of Ortega’s Bigot Blog

Who needs soap opera’s when you have all the petty drama and backstabbing cat-fights you can handle, in the comment section on Tony Ortega’s blog?

One measure of the volatility and instability inherent in the sort of warmed over pablum Tony Ortega serves up over at his hate-filled blog is to observe the adolescent,

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In The Tabloid War On Objective Reality, Truth Is The First Causality

Tony Ortega

Whenever we speak about the scourge of tabloid journalism, without fail reasonable and rational people inevitably raise the question, “Who spends their time reading tabloid garbage?” We, however, would like to pose our own question: How can dishonest, self-described tabloid “journalists” live with themselves?

As we’ve seen again and again, the answer

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Who is Tony Ortega’s Unfocused Hate Audience?

Here at the blog we will occasionally get questions from readers who are seeking clarification on the various stories we publish. One question which we seem to receive almost weekly is ‘who is Tony Ortega’s audience?”

Clearly our readers are puzzled by the mystery of just who Tony Ortega imagines he is addressing when

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Is Tony Ortega Locked In A Toxic Relationship With His Readers?

The phrase, ‘toxic relationship’ is one that gets thrown around a lot by the media these days, but it’s difficult to know exactly what it means and if it’s actually something to be worried about. 

In its simplest terms a toxic relationship is basically one that is fundamentally unhealthy, and is causing you, or

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The Impotence of Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega’s sponsor, Karen de la Carriere

By this point there are few who haven’t heard that Tony Ortega and his marauding gang of online trolls and bigots are hopelessly biased when it comes to offering anything close to ‘straight talk’ about Scientology.

This is because partisan hacks like Ortega and company who imagine

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