Journalistic Ethics & Reporting on Naturopathy

This is by the “Public Editor” (a kind of ombudsman) for the Globe & Mail, explaining the newspaper’s decision not to give “balanced” coverage of naturopathy, in reporting on the death of Ezekial Stephan. Ezekial was a Canadian toddler who died of meningitis, after his parents decided to treat him with herbs and vegetable smoothies.

No reason to give equal time to naturopathy believers

There’s a concept in journalism that is an exception to the normal practice of being balanced to all sides of an issue. Not so in stories where the views of one side are discredited for any number of reasons. To give equal say to those who deny climate change or those who suggest the moon landing was fake would be a false balance.

In my view, the same is true for naturopathy…..

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.

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