Capstone Essay Contest
Media ethics seems to have become an oxymoron, in the view of today's military. Has the relationship between the media and the military deteriorated to the point that an ethical code and professional relationship no longer exist? There is no easy answer. Without question, the relationship between the two remains adversarial—and controversial.
Since the end of the Persian Gulf War, charges and countercharges have flown between the news media and the military. The military argues that the media routinely threaten operational security by revealing classified information. Many in the military also argue that the media generate inaccurate, slanted news stories and invasions of privacy, while remaining accountable to no one. The media tend to see the military services as chauvinist and parochial, paralyzed by their own prejudices and biases. Almost automatically, they view any constraints placed upon them by the military as clear violations of the First Amendment.