Corporate Scandals, Corporate Responsibility and the Media: Who Should We Believe?

29. April 2005

Die leitenden Wirtschaftredakteure von The New York Times und Wall Street Journal verteidigen auf einer Konferenz in New York ihre kritische Berichterstattung über Unternehmensskandale und Corporate Social Responsibility und betonen ihre Rolle als "Watchdogs".

In der Zusammenfassung der beiden Beiträge heißt es:

Why doesn't The New York Times run more positive stories about corporate social responsibility? Because the role of the Times is to be a watchdog, not a cheerleader, said Lawrence Ingrassia (pictured on left), business editor of The New York Times. His newspaper "contributed to the development of business ethics not by writing positive stories, but instead focusing public attention on questionable activities," Ingrassia said at the April 21 Summit hosted by Business Ethics magazine in New York.

Ingrassia was one of two leading business editors who spoke at the Summit meeting; the other was Paul Steiger, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. Both opened themselves to questioning by CSR proponents, and helped define and defend how their papers cover business scandals.

"Most media companies do not have the resources to dig into these problems like the Times or the Journal has," Ingrassia said. "How best do I allocate my resources? While better than most, we still do have limited resources, and shining a light on problems is what we do best. We leave to others to write about the great stuff some of you do."


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