Watch Your Step: The New York Times, Breaching Confidentiality, and 12-Step Programs

Ethics and Behavior 24 (4):304-305 (2014)
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Abstract

Twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous invite members to trust that what is said in meetings remains confidential. However, the New York Times, a prominent and influential newspaper, has breached that confidentiality, offering both a precedent and a rationale to other media including newspapers, cable news programs, internet news blogs, and so on. This prominent breach may influence not only other news media but also the trust that 12-step members have in their programs.

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