January 2012

The Frequent Flyer

One of the things I enjoyed most in teaching ethics to an enthusiastic and dedicated group of New Hampshire students is reading the many personal stories from their papers that demonstrate a variety of ethical values.

Every morning, Barry Hutchins* would leave the town of … Read More

The Social Network

The level of thought demonstrated in many of the papers written for the New Hampshire Technical Institute’s Contemporary Ethical Issues class co-taught by myself and Stephen Ambra was quite refreshing to see.

One assignment was to compare and contrast 1950’s news media (i.e. Good Night Read More

Television and Responsibility

Following a screening and discussion of the film Good Night and Good Luck, which documents news journalist Edward R. Murrow’s fight with Senate demagogue Joseph McCarthy, some students in Stephen Ambra’s Contemporary Ethical Issues class – a class I was invited to participate in – … Read More

“Students Wrangle with Guns”

That was the front page headline on the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor, Tuesday, January 17.

One day earlier, Professor Stephen Ambra and I screened the film Good Night and Good Luck about the journalistic stand news icon Edward R. Murrow took against Senator Joseph McCarthy’s … Read More

Extremely Loud; Incredibly Close

The fireworks from last Thursday’s Republican debate in South Carolina did not start with a candidate, but came, instead, from CNN moderator John King.

KING: As you know, your ex-wife gave an interview to ABC News and another interview with The Washington Post… In it, … Read More

Rights v. Responsibilities

Why is it okay for network television to broadcast expletives in the Steven Spielberg movie, Saving Private Ryan, but wrong to broadcast expletives from Cher at an awards show broadcast?

Why is it okay for the FCC to object to nudity in an episode … Read More

The Gauntlet

    Not long after I awoke yesterday, primary day in New Hampshire, I was warned of “the gauntlet.” “Mitt, Mitt, MITT!!”

That’s the well-intended, coffee’d-up crowd standing in front of polling stations throughout the state. Their goal is to plead, petition and cajole you, … Read More

Roberts Redux

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one pointing out the lack of a clearly defined ethical code followed by justices on the Supreme Court.

“Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.,” the NEW YORK TIMES writes in an editorial (Judicial Ethics and the Read More

Apology and Forgiveness

“Self-righteousness has killed more people than smoking.”
– John McCarthy, British Journalist During the course of a recent talk on ethics I spoke about the need to forgive; to forgive those who have not only hurt our feelings but even those who have stolen or … Read More

Supreme Impartiality

A few years ago, I was called for jury duty. After being selected as a finalist, the judge explained that the case we would be deciding had to do with spousal abuse. He asked if we, as potential jurors, had anything in our personal lives … Read More