Privacy and the Media
January 24th, 2012
You might be surprised with how much the news media knows and never reports. On a regular basis we are provided “inside information” that we determine is not newsworthy or sometimes cannot be independently verified. So what kinds of things do we generally consider off limits and not newsworthy? First and foremost are the details of the private lives of public people. While not everyone follows this standard, locally the media is careful to avoid the sometimes tawdry details of people’s private lives. Of course, if people break the law it is no longer a private matter. For as long as there has been a news media, people, especially public people, have sought to control what gets reported and what gets buried. That effort almost always backfires. My advice to people who don’t like the fact that they are today’s news: Let it pass, because tomorrow it will be another person’s turn in the spotlight and you will be yesterday’s news.