Times v. Sullivan: Landmark or Land Mine on the Road to Ethical Journalism?

  title={Times v. Sullivan: Landmark or Land Mine on the Road to Ethical Journalism?},
  author={John C. Watson},
  journal={Journal of Mass Media Ethics},
  pages={19 - 3}
In this article I address the ethical implications of the legal issues the U. S. Supreme Court resolved in New York Times v. Sullivan and its progeny. In a ruling with far-reaching moral implications, the Court addressed truthtelling-journalism's primary ethical directive-and undermined it by favoring other moral principles and social goals. Much of this article focuses on the ethical arguments addressed to the Court in legal briefs that sought rulings that would support fundamental principals… 
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