Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-18-2019

Document Type



Journalistic Ethics and the Right-Wing Media

Copyright (c) 2019 Jason Mccoy


This paper will examine the development of modern media ethics and will show that this set of guidelines can and perhaps should be revised and improved to match the challenges of an economic and political system that has taken advantage of guidelines such as “objective reporting” by creating too many false equivalencies. This paper will end by providing a few reforms that can create a better media environment and keep the public better informed. As it was important for journalism to improve from partisan media to objective reporting in the past, it is important today that journalism improves its practices to address the right-wing media’s attack on journalism and avoid too many false equivalencies.