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The Conversation US – Tom Fiedler

February 16th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

Remembering Professor David Carr

By Thomas Fiedler, Boston University

When New York Times’ columnist David Carr prepared to apply for a newly created professorship in Boston University’s College of Communication, he realized he’d need a curriculum vitae, the so-called CV that becomes the calling card of every academic. And atop that CV he knew he was expected to include his academic credentials. He stopped typing.

“I had to call the registrar’s office to ask if their records showed that I graduated,” Carr confessed to me later. “I had no memory of doing it and I didn’t want to claim a degree if I didn’t have one.”

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Credibility Crisis: Brian Wiliams’ Future In Question

February 14th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler, WGBH 0 comments

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Media Ethicists Savage Wash. Post’s “Troubling” And “Dishonest” Disclosure Standard For Writer/Lobbyist

January 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

The Washington Post claims that broadly disclosing that one of its opinion writers is a Republican lobbyist is sufficient even when he is advocating for positions that specifically benefit his firm’s unmentioned clients, a standard media critics say is “troubling” and “dishonest.”…

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“We can chide the Washington Post for not providing readers with a complete report on Rogers’ business interests so the reader can decide whether an ethical compromise exists. Such a report would provide that proverbial grain of salt to digest along with his columns.”

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Heslam: New Boston.com editor needs cred

January 16th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

Boston Globe’s beleaguered online sister site, Boston.com, is reeling from its latest viral blunder, and it’s high time the rudderless ship finds an experienced captain…

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Boston Globe Launches New Stand-Alone Business Section

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, NPR, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Media Ethicists Urge Fox News To Suspend “Unethical” Huckabee

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Veteran journalists and news ethicists are calling on Fox News to suspend Mike Huckabee’s contract amid growing evidence that he is planning to run for president in 2016…

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“It’s interesting to watch Huckabee try to find a loophole that would enable him to activate a campaign while holding on to his Fox gig. The idea that he thinks he could get away with using a political non-profit to masquerade as a campaign without ‘crossing the threshold’ at Fox strikes me as not only unethical, but dishonest and merits investigation. To me, the simple test of this political non-profit will be, ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ….’”

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How do you frighten political strongmen? Teach journalism

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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By Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine stood talking before an attentive group in a hotel conference room when the doors burst open and six stern-faced government agents strode in and demanded he halt the proceeding…

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Question for Matt Bai: What about Bob Dole?

October 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler, Washington Post 0 comments

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The title of the new book from Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai is straightforward enough: “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid.” The issue at hand is the media’s treatment of Gary Hart, the Colorado senator who was poised in 1987 for an anticipated presidential run until his relationship with Donna Rice was exposed by the Miami Herald and other outlets…

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“What Bai calls the week that changed politics forever, I guess I’d call just another week, albeit a dramatic one, in Washington.”

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Turning Tabloid: Why covering philandering pols has little to do with Gary Hart

October 7th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, FoxNews.com, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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I was covering the New Hampshire primary in 1992 when word broke that the tabloid Star was quoting a woman named Gennifer Flowers as claiming she had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton…

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Did the Gary Hart Scandal Really Ruin Politics?

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Politico.com, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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By Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

First, there was the decorated war hero, Cabinet secretary, all-round economic genius and husband whose presidential aspirations collided with a published report that he was paying off a married woman to keep silent about their torrid affair…

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