November 14, 2011
Business Ethics Paper
The same ethical issues in the business world have been around for a long time. In theory business ethics is a practical regulation that dictates moral activity of commercial interests. The history of business ethics is founded in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Entertainer Shirley Jones filed suit in California against the tabloid company The National Enquirer, whose home office is based in Florida. According to the suit Jones wanted to sue for damages of defamation, invasion of privacy and emotional distress. It will be discussed how a suit filed in one state and the defendant lives in another. It will be discussed the type of paper The National Enquirer is. It will be discussed the ethics behind The Enquirer trying to evade the lawsuit by claiming that California law had no jurisdiction over the business since they were located in Florida. It will also be discussed by The Enquirer is subject to the lawsuit despite the fact the suit was filed in California and the company is based in Florida. What kind of paper is the National Enquirer?
The National Enquirer is a tabloid newspaper that was founded in 1926 by William Randolph Hearst; the paper was initially known as the New York Enquirer. In 1952 the paper was purchased by Generoso Pope, Jr. who used his market skills to position the paper in the magazine stands in virtually every supermarket in the United States. Once he took over the tabloid Pope paid the highest salaries to the most sought after reporters and editors to produce the tabloid. (Randall, 1986). The National Enquirer tends to be more impertinent when writing the stories that populate the tabloid focusing on sensationalizing celebrity crimes and gossip. Most of the information in the articles the paper runs, the stories are often convoluted by sensationalism it has made the paper a success despite that some readers find the Enquirer to be offensive...