Friday, January 31, 2020

Book Beginning: Due Diligence and the News by Stanley E. Flink


Apologies for my late start this week. Things have been hopping at my office and I forgot to post last night. I only just now remembered!


book cover of Due Diligence ant the News: Searching For a Moral Compass in the Digital Age by Stanley E. Flink

My conviction is that freedom of the press will survive only if a large proportion of the citizenry is willing to watch over it.

Due Diligence and the News: Searching for a Moral Compass in the Digital Age by Stanley E. Flink.

This new book may sound a little wonky, but it called to me as soon as I saw it. Lots of attorneys may never talk to a reporter, but I talk with media often as part of my job. Our cases are in the news a lot, for many reasons, because we handle sex abuse cases. For example, we have lots of sexual abuse cases against the Boy Scouts and the organization is planning on filing for bankruptcy. And when we filed a case against a private school here in Portland this month, our client and my blue fingernails were in the news. Our hope with these stories is that witnesses will come forward and that other victims will know that they were not alone in their experiences.

So freedom of the press, truth in news telling, and how citizens should best find true news and watchdog media are all issues I feel strongly about. I look forward to reading the essays in Stan Flink's book.

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The moral compass in early American public life found few steady hands, but those who spoke out against slavery needed newspapers to amplify their message. Some anti-slavery publishers were attacked by mobs, their printing equipment set ablaze.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    Not my kind of read at all, however your comments do highlight to me, that we are not the only country going through a sexual abuse epidemic right now, both retrospectively and I am sure, ongoing.

    Many of our cases centre around the church, in all its denominations, however no organisation or group is totally whiter than white, of that I am sure.

    The book itself, hopefully gets to the heart of the culpability and relevance of the press and social media, which is common to both our countries.

    The manipulative nature of all media forms over here, is becoming difficult to excuse and it is now almost impossible to confirm the validity of much of the reporting.

    Thanks for hosting and sharing your lines this week. I hope you get to enjoy at least some of your weekend :)


  2. Was hoping you were all right and just got busy. :) Better than something being wrong!

    This doesn't sound like the sort of book I'd read (mostly because I really struggle with nonfiction in general), but it sounds like a really important read! Hope you enjoy.

  3. I bet this book makes some interesting points. I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

  4. I'm sure this would be an interesting read.

  5. This seems like an important and timely read. Enjoy your current read! :-)

  6. Your book DOES sound good to me, and I may try to find time to read it.
    I, too, wondered if you were okay, so I'm glad you were just busy.


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