NPR serves the banks?
For years and years, National Public Radio's news and programming were funded in part by the government and partly by listeners. Today, however, it is much more common to hear the names of sponsors on the media outlet; moreover, it turns out there are certain programs sponsored entirely by one company that may or may not have influence over the content of the program. One of the recent examples that has surfaced reveals that NPR financial program Planet Money may have stronger ties with one of its advertisers than its audience is aware of. Mark Ames and Yasha Levine are founders of the website S.H.A.M.E, or Shame The Hacks Who Abuse Media Ethics, and join RT's Kristine Frazao to discuss ethics in the media today.NPR serves the banks?News for sale - corporations buying positive reviews
The recent case of Oracle versus Google once again brought to light the issue of the media paying for positive reviews. Both companies were questioned about the matter at the latest court hearing in a case that could create a precedent if those who were paid are disclosed. Christopher Chambers, a journalism professor of Georgetown University, shares his opinion on the subject.News for sale - corporations buying positive reviewsJournalism for sale?
When it comes to getting paid by a third party for their job journalists should be suspicious, but these days sometimes money means more than ethics. National Public Radio used to be funded by the government and listeners alike but in recent times has started to mention the names of its sponsors. It turns out that the banks and corporations who support NPR may have influenced the content of its programs.One such example is the financial program "Planet Money" hosted by Adam Davidson.Foster Kamer, senior editor for the New York Observer, joins RT's Kristine Frazao to discuss whether journalists could be unbiased if paid for their shows as well.Journalism for sale?