Recently in our Ethics, Mass Media and Society course we had to evaluate the similarities and differences between the codes of ethics from various journalistic outlets. Though all these different outlets have distinct purposes, almost every code included quite a few of the same principles. One in particular that was prominent throughout was the idea of a journalist’s independence. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics defines independence as being free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know (here). With this comes avoiding conflicts of interest, both real and perceived, in addition to refusing gifts, favors or special treatment that may compromise one’s journalistic integrity. Most of us would like to believe that all journalists have resisted these kinds of temptations, but unfortunately many have not.