Is it bad journalism to reveal a famous person's autopsy results? Should such a thing require the family's permission?
Legitimate journalism, but bad taste. My opinion is that autopsy results should on be covered when there is a question of cause of death, such as in the case of Michael Jackson.
I sure wouldn't. I'm going into Military Journalism. I guess I'll write pretty bland copy at first. I like what I'm getting into though. It seems exciting.
I actually was inspired by a news article of the results of Whitney Houston's autopsy. Some commented that the news was more suitable to TMZ (it was in ABC News's entertainment section) and that it was disrespectful because some of the details were unflattering.
Whitney Houston died with two other people, apparently a murder-suicide according to Reuter's. I would want to handle that very gently, more as a eulogy to Houston than accusation against society.
It is worse that it took place just before they awarded the Emmys. Whatever is reported, and whoever writes the report, let's hope they are tactful about it.