By Lee Kamlet
Dean, School of Communications
Even before last night’s ABC News interview with Newt Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne, there was talk of a tense debate within the news division about when to broadcast it, as it was almost certain to have an impact on the Republican Primary tomorrow in South Carolina.
I have not been privy to the internal debate at ABC News, nor spoken to my former colleagues about it.
That said, in my view, a news story should be withheld on only rare occasions. It might be justified if the national security is threatened, or if a person’s life would be put in danger if a story is published or broadcast. Neither is the case here.
The standard should be pretty simple: If it’s news, and if it is accurate and fair, it should be broadcast, regardless of the timing. The voters can decide its relevance to their decision.
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