Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What would you do?

Hey Lofflin - Here's a great question for your next journalism ethics class:

If you got a tip that Alex Rodriguez was one of the 104 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003, would you publish it?

Let's say you can verify the tip with other sources, but Rodriguez himself denies it.

Is it fair to Rodriguez to publish his name even when none of the other 103 players are known? Is fairness even an issue here since A-Rod is a public figure?

I'd love to hear anyone's comments on this issue, particularly budding journalists.

--Matt Kelsey


  1. It's certainly to make this call knowing that A-Rod eventually admitted to using, but I think you run it, and then report on everyone's reaction to it, and when appropriate, update the original story.

  2. I'm no journalism major, but in my opinion - hell yes you run that story. And no, it's not fair to A-Rod.