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Generally, most U.S. Presidents do not ensconce their daughter and son-in-law in White House West Wing offices, nor lease and operate a posh hotel bearing their name just a block from the White House, nor refuse to publicly release their tax returns unlike all other previously-elected presidents since the Watergate scandal. Donald J. Trump has flouted many of the ethical mores of past presidents, including even such basics as facts and truth, according to the Washington Post uttering 3,000 false or misleading statements in just his first 16 months in office. All of which makes tracking the Trump administration’s conflicts of interest and other ethics-related issues an excellent adventure for any reporter and news organization. Meanwhile, public trust in government remains near historic lows in the United States.
Connolly explores the issue of immigrant children and instructs reporters on finding the right story, ethical issues, and how to gain access to a school.
The authors summarize some recent ethical issues in journalism, such as whether to publish offensive cartoons and whether to yield to government pressure not to release information. The tipsheet also lists a few resources to help clarify journalism ethics.