NBC needs to address lavish gift to source

Today, the SPJ Ethics Committee criticized NBC News for giving a free jet ride to a source while covering the source’s custody battle.

For a story by Multichannel News, NBC has defended itself. The story says the network issued a statement, but I couldn’t find it posted anywhere.

NBC’s defense is here.

So far, media critics for The (Baltimore) Sun and the Orlando Sentinel said they agree with our position that checkbook journalism, as this was, is wrong.

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