Journalists do stupid things. We err,
eavesdrop, plagiarize, fake stories and indulge in coverups that, were
anyone else doing it, would leave us roaring with pitying laughter. When we get caught, it’s our version of “stupid criminal tricks.” We also tell you about these missteps,
these ethical failures and sometimes criminal acts. That’s why it’s easy
to teach my “Media Ethics and Missteps” at UC’s Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute each autumn. Reality is my textbook.