Journalism is a very complex art. Reporters will film and photograph a war but not pick up a gun to help an American soldier. They will protect the identity of their sources even when those sources are criminals. They will also agree to meet with people wanted by the American government in order to tell their story such as with Eric Snowden or Roman Polanski. So should the Mexican drug lord be viewed any differently?
Another sticky issue here is that Penn and his publisher agreed to give a convicted piece of crap right of refusal to edit the piece. so now we have the subject of a story dictating its writing. Is this really journalism?
What do you think should be done here?