SO, THE GOVERNOR OF New York gets busted by the feds for soliciting hookers. How much more info does the public need?
Then, David Patterson, the guy who replaces the disgraced Eliot Spitzer, announces that he has had multiple affairs while married. One of his paramours is on his gubernatorial staff.
How much information should the media provide? The editor of the Albany Times Union wrote this:
"If you're the editor of the newspaper here, you're torn: You could choose to be embarrassed that you haven't reported all this stuff that has been going on beneath our noses, or you could realize that you would be more embarrassed if you got dragged by the tabloids into reporting a bunch of salacious details that aren't really any of our business."
But salaciousness sells! That's why the AP is opening that celebrity wing of their wire service, right?
Don't people want the dirt, and therefore, isn't it the media's responsibility to provide those dirty details?
Or should the media take the higher ground, and only report criminal behavior?
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