Media Ethicists on Unpublished Malia Obama Stories

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Last month, many news outlets removed stories reporting on the spring break trip that U.S. President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter Malia Obama took, as we wrote.  The outlets, including the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, Agence France-Presse, and the Australian, removed the stories after the White House’s request for privacy for Obama’s children.

The Blaze reported in March that media ethicists Jane Kirtley and Kelly McBride discussed the unpublishing of Malia Obama stories.

McBride, from the Poynter Institute, suggested that news outlets that complied with the White House’s request could have added notes explaining why they did, so the public doesn’t question the “type of power the Office of the President has over the media.”

Likewise, Kirtley, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law,  indicated the news outlets could have run corrections since it’s “strange” to take down stories that are already out there.

See the Blaze’s full report here.

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Media Ethicists on Unpublished Malia Obama Spring Break Stories

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