Every industry has practices that burst into flames on contact with the public. Things which are accepted, and not even doubted, within the field, but which, if enough normal people pay enough attention to them, are indefensible. Journalism, of course, is full of this. From the practice of "door knocking" relatives of murder victims, to the ease with which too many stories are simply cut-and-paste from a press release, it's not a sector which copes with detailed scrutiny from outside.
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