Media Ethics http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Innocent until proven guilty http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-innocent-until-proven-guilty <p>Once upon a time, there was a quaint notion that someone accused of a crime was considered innocent till they are proven guilty. I’m not sure where we ever got such an idea.</p><p>Oh, wait a minute. It goes back at least as far Ancient Rome, was always a part of English common law, and has been affirmed by the United States Supreme Court.&nbsp;</p><p>Many years ago, when I began practicing journalism, it was drummed into me that since this was&nbsp;fundamental, and since innocent people are sometimes accused of crimes, we ought to assume in the course of writing and broadcasting that people are, indeed, innocent until proven guilty.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:39:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12195 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Innocent until proven guilty The so-called names of so-called legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/so-called-names-so-called-legislation <p>It’s been quite a week in Michigan. Maybe you heard about it?</p><p>Our legislature introduced and passed so called “right to work” legislation in two days and Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed it within hours, dealing a harsh blow to the more than 12,000 union supporting protestors surrounding the building.</p><p>But – did you see what I did there? Did my bias jump off the page at you?</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:21:44 +0000 Vincent Duffy 10352 at http://michiganradio.org The so-called names of so-called legislation Giving the bad guys ideas http://michiganradio.org/post/giving-bad-guys-ideas <p>Last week, a bomb threat called in from Canada shut down the tunnel that runs under the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor. The tunnel is the second busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. The busiest crossing is the Ambassador Bridge just more than a mile down river. The tunnel was closed to traffic for most of the afternoon while authorities from both countries inspected the tunnel and found no bomb.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:19:12 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8354 at http://michiganradio.org Giving the bad guys ideas