Journalism's Race to the Bottom: Chris Brown Edition
A long, long time ago, j-school taught us that while reporting on crimes involving battered women (or men), you were not supposed to publish the identity of the victim. Something about respecting the victim's privacy, or keeping her safe from further attacks and scrutiny. And while everyone is 99 percent certain the alleged victim in Chris Brown's Grammy night attack was girlfriend Rihanna, the Los Angeles Times earns the honor of being the first to publish her name as Brown's battered victim. Who says we need journalism's old rules?