Patterico's Pontifications

6/2/2008

News Legend Pete Noyes Serves Up Rebuke to Chuck Philips

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 12:02 am

Anita Busch appeared on the “Midday Sunday” program on Fox 11 News with Tony Valdez yesterday. Also appearing was retired journalist Pete Noyes, whom Kevin Roderick has called a “news legend.” According to Roderick, “high standards were [Noyes's] hallmark.”

Noyes had something to say about what journalists should do when their sources become accused of crimes: don’t cover their criminal case.

His view has relevance to Chuck Philips’s coverage of the Anthony Pellicano case.

From the program:

Busch: I think there’s a real ethical question here as a journalist . . . and that is, when a long-time source is arrested for a terrible crime, what do you do? Do you cover that? Or do you recuse yourself and not cover the story? What is the ethical thing to do?

Noyes: The ethical thing is, you don’t cover the story. . . . You drop it, right then. That’s the only thing you can do as a journalist.

Well, it isn’t what Chuck Philips did.

According to the New York Times, reporter Chuck Philips “had long experience with Mr. Pellicano as a news source” before 2002, when Busch was first threatened.

After Pellicano was indicted, the paper allowed Philips to cover Pellicano’s criminal trial, despite the fact that Pellicano had been Philips’s long-time source. Indeed, Philips authored several stories that were highly favorable to Pellicano, and hostile to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

But then, Philips has always appeared immune to the usual rules about conflicts of interest. His coverage of Anthony Pellicano is just one example.

P.S. There is much more coming on the Anita Busch story. Stay tuned over the next few days.

6 Responses to “News Legend Pete Noyes Serves Up Rebuke to Chuck Philips”

  1. I must say, if my last name were “Busch” I highly doubt I would name any daughter of mine “Anita.”

    I wonder at which point the LA Times will finally show some shame.

    Andy (09ab51)

  2. …if my last name were “Busch” I highly doubt I would name any daughter of mine “Anita.”

    Understanding, of course, she may have simply married someone and taken his name….

    Andy (09ab51)

  3. Ethics should not be used in the same paragraph as mentioning or talking about reporters because never the twain shall meet.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  4. These are very significant failures of ethics and conflicts of interest that the LA Times is getting away with. Unbelievably.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. News flash; Philips was seen eating in a restaurant frequented by Pellicano’s ex stepniece (and only lleft a 10 percent tip!!!!). Next, he was spotted sauntering back to The Times building picking his nose – left nostril only. So much for fair and balanced reporters. I’m sure Patterico will join me in calling for a complete Times investigation of this unseemly behavior as well as an immediate removal of his Pulitzer.

    Jason (0cb147)

  6. I worked for Pete for years until he retired. I always research stories with public records which include court case files. Follow the trail left by public records and see where they lead you. I bet you, PCD, don’t know how to do any research let alone public record research. How dare you, PCD, imply Pete is unethical with your blanket statement saying “ethical” and “reporters” should not be used in the same paragraph. You could try to research a story yourself and see what you find then compare your findings with what is reported in the media. You won’t do it will you?

    L. Hackett (42c38c)


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