Anti-gun Joyce Foundation grant funds media “studies” pushing gun control
by Chad D. Baus
Buckeye Firearms Association
ad·vo·ca·cy noun, plural -cies.
the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active
The Code of Ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists states that “Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know,” and specifies that:
— Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
— Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
A series of articles written by Theodore Decker and published last week in The Columbus Dispatch ignores these principles, taking advocacy journalism to a level even the founders of the SPJ probably couldn’t imagine when they adopted their first code of ethics in 1926.