Friday, July 28, 2006

Entertainment Correspondents Could Be Entertaining Ethics Violations

MINNEAPOLIS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – These days, entertainment journalists are getting into the act by dating the stars they’re supposed to be covering.

First, Entertainment Tonight correspondent Vanessa Minnillo hooked up with Nick Lachey and earned the ire of her bosses for her public displays of affection with him.

Now comes word that Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos is dating Vin Diesel.

But those relationships could be line-crossing, says journalism ethic expert Gary Hill, who co-chairs the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists.

He says that journalists have a duty to “act independently and stay free of associations that can compromise or damage their credibility.”

Minnillo has done special features on Lachey since they started dating – including a piece detailing Lachey’s video for “What’s Left Of Me” – but Hill says once an entertainment journalist establishes a relationship with a celebrity, they shouldn’t be reporting on him or her because “there is a bias.”

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