When Is It OK to Mine Hacked Emails?
Steven Levy
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Information stolen, potentially tampered with and released by a foreign government with hostile intent of influencing the US election should, independent of any value owed to the public, guide the media’s responsible handling of the data. The responsible course of action would have been to set it aside until after the election, and then only pursue issues associated with content that can be verified.

A rough comparison where media succeeded in exercising responsible constraint is in the case of deciding not to give camera time to streakers at sporting events. This, of course, is news, and news editors and journalists have a ways to go to aspire to the level of ethical competence of sports journalism.

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