Did Reporter Go Too Far?

Nelson Hernandez, a reporter for The Washington Post, posted a message on the online discussion board of a competing daily, The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., asking readers who knew the suspects or victims of a murdered couple to call him with tips or sources “to build a complete picture.” Free Lance-Star Web Editor Chris Muldrow posted a reply on the board calling it “unprofessional,” but Hernandez told E&P, “anything on the Internet is open.” Nothing he did was unethical. Some might consider it unsportsmanlike, though others might simply call him enterprising. Read his post and the response here.

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