Corporate Crime Reporting

Since the Enron scandal hit the front pages a whole litany of corporations have been investigated for illegal practices. The level of corruption has forced most news outlets to give some attention to corporate negligence. However, the coverage has been limited and fallen short on informing the public in two ways.

First, there has been virtually no discussion of systemic corporate practices. The scandals are being framed in such a way that readers/viewers are likely to conclude that Enron, WorldCom, etc are just a “few bad apples.” Many independent sources believe that these illegal practices are the norm within much of corporate America. Yet, these perspectives are not being reported.

Secondly, when “experts” are interviewed about what is going on with corporate corruption, the public has generally heard the opinions of government spokespersons or investment brokers. What would the public perception be if independent analysts, labor or community-based spokesperson were interviewed?

Suggested sources:

Project on Government Oversight

Consumer Federation of America

US Public Interest Research Group

Institute for Policy Studies

Citizen Works

Contact:

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WOOD TV 8

News Director: Patti McGettigan

Phone #: 771-9366

E-mail: patti.mcgettigan@lintv.com

WXMI FOX 17

News Director: Tim Dye

Phone #: (616) 364-1717

E-mail: tdye@wxmi.com

WZZM 13

News Director: Tim Geraghty

Phone #: (616) 785-1313

E-mail: tgeraght@wzzm.gannett.com

Grand Rapids Press

Editor: Mike Lloyd

Phone #: (616) 222-5455

Author: mediamouse

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