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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ed Brayton violates code of ethics of blogging news group

BVD-clad blogger Fatheaded Ed Brayton announced,

I have been picked to be a fellow with the Center for Independent Media (which is not the same group as the Independent Media Center, or IndyMedia) and their New Journalist project. What that means is that, in addition to my regular blogging (which will not change), I will be writing for the Michigan Messenger, a new independent online site focusing on Michigan news.

The goal of the New Journalist project is to expand the voices heard in the media. They are taking groups of bloggers in each state and giving us serious training in investigative journalism, among other things. Our goal is to cover stories not typically covered and get those stories pushed in to the mainstream media.

I'll be covering many of the same issues I cover here, but those stories will be focused on Michigan. One of my first projects is going to be a long series of articles about the Rev. Moon and his activities in this state. I'll also be working on church/state issues, scientific and legal issues and whatever else catches my fancy.

By arbitrarily censoring comments and commenters on his own blog "Dispatches from the Culture Wars," Ed has been violating the following rules of the Michigan Messenger's New Journalist Code of Ethics:
Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.

Give all the public the chance to respond to news stories, particularly those who might be accused of wrongdoing. Keep an open dialogue with the public.

Use both official and unofficial sources to acknowledge and give voice to those without traditional power.

Ensure the accuracy of all information, regardless of where it comes from. Review facts and stories. Never knowingly publish false information (Ed will often censor comments that correct falsehoods).

Keep an open dialogue with the public in an effort to maintain and improve standards.

Encourage the public to use the information they have to question and analyze news stories on their own, and voice grievances when they feel stories are wrong.


The New Journalist Code of Ethics was inspired by the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics.The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of writers, editors and other news professionals.

The present version of the code was adopted by the 1996 SPJ National Convention, after months of study and debate among the Society's members.Sigma Delta Chi's first Code of Ethics was borrowed from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1926. In 1973, Sigma Delta Chi wrote its own code, which was revised in 1984, 1987 and 1996.

As I have frequently pointed out, Ed kicked me off his blog permanently because my literal interpretation of a federal court rule was inconsistent with his preconceived interpretation of the rule. Even if Ed adheres to the New Journalist Code of Ethics while blogging on Michigan Messenger (which I doubt he'll do), he should not be allowed to blog on Michigan Messenger so long as he violates the code when on his own blog. And if Michigan Messenger is not going to enforce its Code of Ethics, then it is hypocritical to post it. I intend to complain to Michigan Messenger.

Ed continues,

The other states that already are up and running are Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa. The Colorado group was the first one to get an interview with the gay prostitute that Haggard was cavorting with. Hopefully we can beat the mainstream media to a bunch of stories in Michigan as well.

Without the "reporter's privilege" (the right to hide the identities of confidential sources), BVD-clad bloggers are going to find it hard to scoop the regular news media on news items involving confidential sources.



Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> By arbitrarily censoring comments and commenters on his own blog "Dispatches from the Culture Wars," <

Larry's endless repetition of this lie will never make it become true. Larry can't come up with a single case of arbitrary censorship.

Larry has been challenged on this point over and over and his only answer is to repeat the accusation.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 7:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry, if you had taken the time to read the code of ethics, you'd see that the first rule basically requires the reporter to maintain the truthfulness of the article above all others.

Censoring outright baseless lies is in no way "arbitrary." If a comment presents a distasteful point of view or opinion, but has documented evidence to back it up, then censoring it would be arbitrarily biased and would violate said code of ethics. However, given people like yourself who post outright lies and blatantly avoid responding to the truthfulness of your own censored comments with that feeble off-topic derail of how truthfulness is no defense against censorship garbage, certain comments like your own can and should be censored because they are akin to digital vandalism that should be scrubbed out. These lies do nothing but promote misinformation and deception, and overall does nothing to promote intelligent discussion on the article itself.

You've never been able to defend the truthfulness of your comments because I'm betting even you yourself know that they are about as valid as week-old garbage. Keep running from the truth Larry.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

VuU and Anonymous are worthless bags of bovine flatulence gas who ridicule my opposition to arbitrary censorship while taking advantage of my no-censorship policy.

Dunghills, nothing in the New Journalist Code of Ethics authorizes a blogger to censor a comment or a commenter on the basis of a belief that the comment or commenter is untruthful or has presented a bad argument.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Nitpicker said...

The Colorado group was the first one to get an interview with the gay prostitute that Haggard was cavorting with.

Is this newsworthy? Who gives a shit?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 3:36:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Well, maybe you could ask Ed why he thinks it's newsworthy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 4:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> my opposition to arbitrary censorship <

Of which you can't show a single example.

> while taking advantage of my no-censorship policy. <

What policy? Why did you ban VIW?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 10:16:00 PM  

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