A nice example of thinking it through to journalistic integrity from Andy Ihnatko on the rumour and scuttlebutt about the possibly stolen ‘new 4th generation iPhone’ that was ‘found in a bar’. [cough splutter]
Let’s get back to my original question: what would I have done?
We’ll never know for sure. But I suspect that I would have thought very hard and then gone with my first impulse: return the phone to Apple. If it’s been stolen, then Apple is the victim of a crime and the ethical answer is to side with the victim.
And he’s right. People have a lot of explaining to do.
Probably they’ll just smear the critic (as usual).
Should they have to ask?
(After it’s been photographed, dismantled, photographed, publicised as a ‘scoop’?)