checkbook journalism

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check′book jour′nalism

a practice by which a news medium pays a public figure for an exclusive story or interview.
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amp;nbsp;"I'm a person that's really confident in my own skin and really felt like it was the right thing to do, to take this company on and prove how disgusting and disgraceful their checkbook journalism is.
fairness and objectivity, bias, checkbook journalism, the problems of foreign correspondents, conflicts between ethics and the law, and conflicts between journalists and public relations consultants.
Ensuring Scoops: The Vague Boundaries of Checkbook Journalism
In this case, the important events unfolded much as they do onscreen: The bold and opportunistic Frost, then hosting a TV show in Australia, put his own money on the line to keep the project alive when all the major networks and most advertisers shied away from the checkbook journalism involved; Swifty Lazar brokered the deal that would bring Nixon a much-needed $600,000; the former president saw the epic interview as a means of rehabilitating himself, which in turn would lead to a move back East to the corridors of power; and, in what was mutually acknowledged to be a duel in which only one man would prevail, Nixon almost effortlessly controlled the interview until Frost turned the tables in a desperate, last-minute ploy.
The administration has given a whole new meaning to checkbook journalism, paying a stupendous $97 million to an outside PR firm to buy columnists and produce propaganda, including faux video news releases.
Paying for a news story - referred to as checkbook journalism - is something the National Enquirer might do everyday, but a professional journalist would never sully the integrity of his product with profits.
IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST BRAZEN MOMENTS IN the not-altogether-distinguished history of checkbook journalism.
meetings consist of what movie star is sleeping with whom instead of how much over budget the new road project may be, where the newspaper offers the services of a yacht to a movie star in exchange for an exclusive interview - checkbook journalism at its finest - and where reporters storm a celebrity's island wedding on horseback, by helicopter and from the sea in an effort to get a photo exclusive.
As a result, Chinese newspapers are riding an unprecedented spin of checkbook journalism.
The Simpson case, however, is certainly not the first time checkbook journalism has played a part in a criminal prosecution or investigation.
There is a section on Programming Ethics, including a discussion of checkbook journalism.
Network producers have thankfully eschewed the tabs' penchant for reenactment and checkbook journalism.