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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?

Comments (3)
No. 1 · fanofgrendel

Rihanna was attacked by Chris Brown?! Thanks, I didn't know. I get all my news from Jossip.

Keep up the good work.

Posted: Feb 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · Allan Sorensen

I can tell you that when the story was first rported, the Brown was with "an woman", I assumed Rhianna was home and that Brown was cruising around with another woman. Why else would they not say it was his girlfriend?

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 8:32 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · Ouisa

David,

You may wish to have a word with your boyfriend, Trent, who was all to happy to jump on the bandwagon and report that Rihanna was the victim, on his blog yesterday. Get off your high horse already. When it is a HIGH profile case, involving to very hot celebrities, with 3rd party witnesses involved - her name as the victim would have been released eventually. If you want to admonish someone for this type of behavior, well then start at home first and then you can start casting stones.

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 9:20 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
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