|Spokesman Gregory Thomas with large Duffy balloon|
meant as "satire and lampoon." Photo credit: Taxpayer.com
Another piece to this puzzle is the question of whether or not Senator Duffy was ever schooled in ethics during work as a journalist or while he was a member of the Parliamentary Press. Is something or someone else at fault for his lack of commitment to ethical conduct? In an article featured in the Globe & Mail, a Toronto newspaper, author Preston Manning asks, “What ethical guidelines does that organization [Parliamentary Press] provide to its members?” He goes on to ask, “How does it monitor and enforce compliance?”
Should members of the media and media associations be held to higher ethical standards then politicians? Should members of the media be expected to act as ethical role models for politicians more so than members of other professions?
Government and the media will always have a relationship; this holds true in every free nation across the globe where members of the media interact with politicians in close proximity. The marriage of media and government is a very important exchange, a very symbiotic dynamic to be exact; but can the relationship truly be a healthy one if one party turns a blind eye to the other’s unethical behaviors?
- William Korte
The Huffington Post
The Globe and Mail