Daytona and the decline of journalism ethics

Tonight on “Race Central with Andy and Genna”, we will be discussing the Tom Bowles incident at Daytona International Speedway.  The incident raises several questions about the ethics of journalism and a clash between interactive media and traditional media.  Because of time constraints, we are going to jump right in to it on the program tonight leaving only a couple of seconds to summarize the events.

The incident surfaced first on Thursday, February 17, 2011 when an “established” member of the motorsports media was rumored to be cheering for underdog Regan Smith in the closing stages of the first Gatorade Duel (the qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500).  On Sunday, February 20, 2011, rookie Trevor Bayne won his first Daytona 500 in his first race at stock car racing’s most hallowed ground. Veteran reporters say there were several cheers in the press box and in the infield media center.  One of those cheers came from veteran reporter, freelance journalist Tom Bowles of (who also worked) for Sports Illustrated. Continue reading

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Special Report: Daytona and the decline in journalism ethics

Tomorrow night, we will have a special edition of Race Central discussing the Tom Bowles situation at Daytona.

We will be joined by David Shuster, Emmy winning journalist who was on the frontlines of MSNBC’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and has anchored and guest-anchored several MSNBC television programs.  Shuster has been outspoken recently about the lack of journalism ethics at news operations and cable networks that call themselves news operations.  The show will be streamed live on

Because of the strict format for tomorrow’s program, we will not be accepting guest callers.  If you have questions for David Shuster or questions regarding the topic at hand, email them to or send me a tweet on Twitter (@amarquis32 or @employedwinner) and we will try to get them answered.