That’s the question posed on the news magazine and hidden camera television show of the same name.
Broadcast on ABC News since 2008 as part of the Primetime series, and hosted by newsman John Quiñones, it features cast members acting out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene, and the focus is on whether or not bystanders intervene, and how. It airs on a number of cable and satellite channels, including ABC News, OWN, HLN and ID Network.
But if the ethical challenges on the television show are hypothetical, the ones that can affect tax and accounting professionals are very real. The penalties for unethical conduct are likewise very real – ranging from loss of reputation and formal censure to fines and prison terms.
Ethical conduct should be simple — obey the laws and regulations, deal fairly with clients and peers, and foster a climate of ethical conduct within your own firm. It is not that simple, for four reasons: [Read more...]