For Wednesday’s edition of the Culture Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, hosts Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the ethics of journalism when they involve mental illness.
Inspired by Washington Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen’s profile of a Donald Trump supporter, the hosts discuss how journalists should approach their subjects when they have a mental illness—and if they should at all. Can someone with mental illness consent to being the subject of a profile? How does Dana feel about the Post’s decision to send McCrummen on this assignment? And how do journalists ensure that these ethical questions don’t get lost in the shuffle of election season?
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