November 26, 2003 |
One of the sly conceits of columns like this is to participate in the media frenzy of the moment by decrying it. That admission is required because this column is about Michael Jackson -- or, more defensibly, about the way in which new forms of journalism deployed to cover sensational stories involving celebrities may challenge some of the mainstream media's hardest-won ethical norms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A top advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown was appointed Friday as executive director of the state's campaign watchdog agency. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted in closed session to name Erin V. Peth as the commission's top executive officer. Peth's appointment after a nationwide search increases Brown's reach at an agency that enforces campaign finance and conflict-of-interest laws against elected and appointed officials. He also appointed two of the five members of the commission, and its general counsel worked for Brown when he was state attorney general.
June 21, 1988 |
Democratic presidential hopeful Michael S. Dukakis charged Monday that the Reagan Administration has fostered a climate in Washington that is "contemptuous about public service" and therefore prone to abuse the public trust.
March 24, 2003 |
Our faces were as white as our coats. It was, after all, the first time we'd be stepping from the classroom to the hospital room to examine our first real patients. We had practiced most aspects of the physical examination on each other in class, looking in each other's ears, noses and throats, and taking each other's vital signs. We had even drawn our classmates' blood, our hands trembling as we guided the sharp needles toward the moving target of rolling veins.
February 22, 2012 |
Removal of fuel from the Costa Concordia, which ran aground last month off Tuscany, began last week and officials say that after it's gone, it may take seven to 10 months to refloat the ship. Meanwhile, Tuscan tourism officials are urging tourists to visit eight-square-mile Giglio, off whose coast the ship ran aground on Jan. 13, as a “gesture of love.” Not long after the accident, which killed at least 17 people (15 are still missing), islanders said people came to Giglio to gawk and not because of their affection for Giglio, one of seven islets in the Tuscan Archipelago.
May 11, 2002 |
When Jerry Brady launched his bid for Idaho governor, word of his candidacy landed with a thud in the pages of his hometown paper, the Post Register. "We like and admire Brady, but we wish he weren't a candidate," wrote opinion editor Marty Trillhaase. It wasn't that Brady is a Democrat in the most conservative part of this deeply conservative state. Nor the fact that Brady and Trillhaase disagree over abortion.
May 23, 2011 |
A recent, and much-heralded, study on how to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS appears to be raising more health- and ethics-related questions than the dramatic findings might first suggest. First, the news : Giving antiretroviral drugs to HIV-positive people reduced the transmission of the virus to their partners by 96%. But the research doesn’t mean all HIV-positive people will be taking the cocktail of drugs used in the study....
September 22, 2006 |
Profound moral dilemmas underscore George Tabori's provocative plays, for all their lancing purpose. Few conundrums have more difficult contours than those posed by "The Cannibals" at the Edison Theatre in Long Beach. Tabori's stark treatise on the ethics of survival amid the insanity of Auschwitz receives an impressive staging by California Repertory Company.
August 5, 2010
Different lives Re "Four walls and a bed," series, and "'Shop and tell' videos bring girls clout, swag," Aug. 1 The juxtaposition of these two stories could not have been more striking. In Sunday's Times, we read a cover story about homeless, hopeless people on Skid Row trying merely to survive — and a selfless, dedicated angel devoted to helping them. We also read a story about teen "haulers," who use Mommy and Daddy's credit cards to bring home mall merchandise to tout or bash for online subscribers.
March 4, 2006 |
An anchor at KTLA-TV received a customized dining-room makeover worth more than $10,000 for her own home in what a local furniture merchant says was meant to be a special deal in exchange for favorable coverage on the station's "Morning News." Instead, the arrangement soured when the story never aired, leaving the Tribune Co.-owned station scrambling late this week to right a tangled situation that could raise new questions about its ethical practices.