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A controversy has arisen over whether or not Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen crossed journalistic lines by becoming too personally involved in a story about assisted suicide. He signed a form that helped a terminally ill woman proceed with her plan to end her life, violating Globe standards for a reporter to insert themselves into a story they are covering.
It is a violation of Globe standards for a reporter to insert themselves into a story they are covering.
The controversy has sparked a conversation about the ethical boundaries of journalism and the role of journalists in personal stories. Some argue that Cullen's involvement compromised the objectivity of the reporting, while others defend the publication of the story as a powerful and impactful piece of journalism.
It is well told - a heart-wrenching and impactful read.