Am I old-fashioned or is there something unethical about publishing a story on what you can see written on a politician’s notepad–published in almost real-time during the meeting in which he made the notes?

It seems to pass muster with the Financial Times (see 16.50 post) and the Associated Press.

What if instead of a high-tech camera I had a high-tech microphone which could record his whispered phone calls from across the room?

Financial reporters–including photojournalists–can’t seem clarify in their minds  the difference between cheerleading and reporting but they sure do enjoy a good round of “Gotcha!”

(Note,  original is 3800 pixels high, suggesting it is not cropped from a more traditional (i.e. head and torso) image of the Italian premier.)

Photo by Silvio Berlusconi, AP

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