Is it still off-the-record when a source dies? Discuss.

An article published online today examines a case in which Fortune magazine published information on Steve Jobs’ health that had been off-the-record. The magazine claimed it was no longer off-the-record because the source had died. What do you think?

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2 responses to “Is it still off-the-record when a source dies? Discuss.

  1. Absolutely — as per the “finders keepers’-type attitude so prevalant in the dog-eat-dog news business, when a source literally dies, all off-the-record fodder is fair game. If that were’nt the status quo right now, we’d never have all the new JFK Assasination footage, Iran Hostage clips, Marilyn Monroe montages, or learn the new, shocking grit we’ve gleaned in the last 5 years about the grueling day of 9/11.

  2. Totally unethical. Just because someone dies does not mean that they want the information to be shared even if they were to pass. I loved the author of this article’s fake situation about the mayor and sister. That just solidifies the fact that just because someone dies, it does NOT mean the information is then to be used.

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