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Media Should Tell the Truth (04:31)


Several journalists and documentary filmmakers will discuss the ethical issues surrounding journalism in this video. John Alpert filmed a documentary about Section 60; he documented families grieving over the loss of a loved one who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. Concerns arose about privacy and when to film their visits.

A Collaborative Art (05:05)

George Stoney describes documentary ethics—he recalls filming a family who was so ashamed by their behavior they moved from their neighborhood. At a reunion for the cast and crew of "All My Babies" the midwife's sons realized the contribution their mother had on others. All reality television and documentary filmmaking is a construction.

Role of Documentaries (02:32)

After "Grey Gardens" was released, Walter Goodman said the filmmakers should be disgusted with themselves for having made the film. Albert Maysles recalls shooting "Salesman" and watching the unethical sales techniques.

Photography is Misleading (02:21)

Mary Warnock describes how war photography is prone to exaggeration. Television exploits the worse aspects of society. Some programming and stories do help children learn moral values, but Warnock believes individuals learn more quickly if they are a participant in the moral lesson.

Repeating Simple Phrases (03:31)

Noam Chomsky explains that Germany imitated American commercial advertising in the 1930s, which lead to the Nuremberg rallies. At a convention, he delivered a speech about the medias need to tell the truth about important questions. America is the freest country in the world, and yet journalists still feel constrained by mainstream doctrine.

2008 Republican Convention (02:50)

Amy Goodman explains that the role of a journalist is to report both inside and outside the convention and they should not be attacked for doing so. Democracy is messy and all sides of a story need to be told. The corporate media is silencing the majority of the population and needs to be taken back.

Credits: Reflections on Media Ethics (01:34)

Credits: Reflections on Media Ethics

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This video deals with the topic of morals, ethics and values, with an emphasis on media. While the topic of “ethics” dates back to the days of Aristotle, “media ethics” -- and the related issues of privacy, censorship, truth, the manipulation of public interest, and the representation of under-served populations -- are of great relevance at this time. Through in-depth discussions with renowned filmmakers, journalists and academics, this program examines many of these important issues. It includes interviews with Noam Chomsky, Albert Maysles, George Stoney, Amy Goodman, Jon Alpert and Mary Warnock. A study guide, bibliography, additional information about media ethics, interviewee's biographies, and more about the filmmakers can be found at

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL118700

ISBN: 978-1-63521-529-8

Copyright date: ©2011

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