TVNewsCheck takes a look at some of the ethical questions raised by WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston‘s on-air response to a viewer who wrote her a critical email about her weight:

“I understand her anger and that we should not be intimidated or bullied by cyber commentators. I also think her intervention sparked good discussion about obesity and how people react to obese people,” says the University of Wisconsin’s Stephen Ward, who heads the Madison campus’s Center for Journalism Ethics.

“That said, I am still uncomfortable when journalists use their power and access to media for their own ends — whatever ends they may be, good or bad,” Ward says. “In particular, I am uncomfortable with using a newscast as the forum for such a personal intervention.”

The piece also features an interview with WKBT news director Anne Paape, who defends Livingston’s editorial: Read more