Second Look: Debate Over Media Ethics (#92)

Are There Media Ethics?

LAPD Commander David Gascon, Leslie Dutton, CBS Newscaster Harvey Levin

How much does the public trust what’s being presented by mainstream media? Twenty-two years after Full Disclosure first recorded this episode “Are there Media Ethics?” featuring CBS Newscaster Harvey Levin and LAPD’s Commander of Public Affairs and Communications, Dave Gascon. The public perceptions that the media is untrustworthy persist today (see link to Rasmussen poll below). This discussion reveals some of the reasons why. Commander Gascon and Mr. Levin’s honest, and sometimes lively interchange, is as relevant today as it was when it first aired in 1994.

Levin and Gascon both rose to the highest levels of their professions: Levin as the founder of the successful TMZ Tabloid News and Commander Gascon rose to Assistant Chief of the LAPD. The program Moderator Leslie Dutton was awarded a Public Affairs Emmy in 2001 for Full Disclosure’s “The News Behind the News” cable television show.

See Rasmussen Report

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