For some time, media organizations were aware of the identity of one of the women accusing Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment. Until Tuesday, no one chose to identify her.
Then, when The Daily did so, other organizations responded by doing so.
This prompted a debate on the ethics of shielding and identifying and the considerations of vulnerability, victimization and privacy that factor into decision-making on such matters.
The Poynter Institute's Kelly McBride provides an overview
of the issue. She found the initial decision to conceal her identity "baffling" and suggests the episode reveals a lack of journalistic leadership in the pursuit of truth.
What do you think?