For John, BLUF: Standards? I don't think they have any standards. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Pajama Media, by Mr Chris Queen, 8 May 2018.
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Our modern news media thrives on transparency. The freedom and openness of information helps the media do their job. That's a fact that I can vouch for as a writer.With all the leaking we see in the Sieve one would think the news agencies themselves would follow suit. Apparently not.
It stands to reason that media outlets would have the same transparency standards as the entities they cover, wouldn't it? Print and web outlets generally make their editorial guidelines public. When it comes to broadcast media, that's another story.
CNN is at the center of a lawsuit involving their ethics and standards. In 2015, the network aired a report investigating the mortality rate of babies at St. Mary's Medical Center in Florida. The piece eviscerated the pediatric cardiac surgery program at the hospital, which terminated the program shortly afterward.
Regards — Cliff