A matter of convenience when it comes to ethics and morals

Scott notes a comparison and contrast on ‘leaked’ information using the New York Times and its stand on the climate data dump and the current diplomatic messages dump:

let us note simply that the two statements are logically irreconcilable. Perhaps something other than principle and logic were at work then, or are at work now. Given the Times’s outrageous behavior during the Bush administration, the same observation applies to the Times’s protestations of good faith. (The Times then and now)

This is a measure of a reasonable quality. It is one that can easily be made that illustrates a lack of integrity. It can be contrasted to the allegations of hypocrisy as, for instance, those leveraged against politicians who voted against a health care program but then took advantage of it after it passed. Hypocrisy is a different animal than distortion and bending of ethics and morality for an ideological purpose. There appears to be more notice that major media outlets are indeed providing propagandistic distortions and then trying to use allegations of hypocrisy to pretend ‘everybody does it.’ Dr. Santy discusses that tactic and its meaning in terms of psychological health in her blog.

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