January 27, 2009

Ethics and editing

Al Tompkins at the Poynter Institute has a great lede article on the ethics of editing and what the BBC did with Pres. Obama's inagural address.

BBC's Edit of Obama's Inauguration Speech Raises Important Ethical Questions

The BBC's Newsnight show recently opened with what seemed like a single soundbite from President Barack Obama's inauguration speech. As it turns out, though, the BBC used three different parts of the inauguration speech and edited them together to create the soundbite. In listening to the audio, it's not clear that it had been edited.

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After looking over the article and the BBC story in question, what do you think?

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