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It's not often we get to launch a new segment on the show around here, but that's what we're doing today. "A Question of Ethics" will be your chance to take the editor's chair and tell us how you would cover a story.
Since the presidential election is the story that just keeps on giving these days, we'll start there. Last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) defended her decision to stay in the race to the editorial board of a South Dakota newspaper. At one point she said, "You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember, Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California." She got pounded by supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), who argued the comment was in poor taste. The Clinton camp responded that her words were taken far out of context. And coverage in the media varied from front page news to a brief mention at the end of a newscast.
So, here's our question to you: Let's say YOU are the editor... Do you put the story on the front page? Do you think the news media handled the story responsibly?