Baby Jane Doe in the Media
Beauchamp, Tom L.
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1986 Summer; 11(2): 271-284.
A critical analysis is presented of the news coverage of the Baby Jane Doe case, in which a Long Island baby born with multiple birth defects in October 1983 became the focus of a national controversy over treatment decisions for such newborns. The authors examined stories about the case carried by the major television networks, newspapers with national circulation, and national news magazines. They concluded that these stories were frequently incomplete, imprecise, and lacking in perspective. Most of the stories were written by reporters without experience in covering medicine and bioethical issues. Klaidman and Beauchamp contend that, while human interest and political elements of the case were generally well covered, inadequate attention was paid to its medical, legal, philosophical, and social implications. Accordingly, the moral responsibilities of journalism were not fulfilled. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Birth Defects; Deception; Decision Making; Editorial Policies; Ethics; Government; Government Regulation; Infants; Information Dissemination; Journalism; Life; Mass Media; Medicine; Newborns; Parents; Physicians; Political Activity; Professional Ethics; Prognosis; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Regulation; Responsibilities; Social Impact; Technical Expertise; Withholding Treatment;
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