Friday, August 22, 2008

It never rains but it pours

If this is true, then even I would be surprised at how low the Herald Sun will go.

I’ve discussed in the past my feelings on gutter press, paparazzi and intrusive journalism, but a quick rehash in relation to this specific incident:

I cannot abide “news” organisations thinking anyone who is in the public eye is public property. Everyone, regardless of their status, is entitled to some privacy, no matter how small.

And I think even the most public of persons deserves to not be hassled into doing an interview when they have a brain injury.

(For the out-of-towners - An AFL Football player was hit by a tram and ended up with brain injuries. The media outlets were well informed about his condition by the football club and players association (and his manager) that he was not well enough to do interviews. The Herald Sun went ahead and turned up at his house and pestered him. He said no, so the same journalist came back with a photographer dressed in the footballers team strip and got the interview. His football club and the Players Association are, needless to say, not happy)

Jesus, Herald Sun. You’re on a role today, aren’t you?

Another Andrew Bolt article having a dig at someone who may have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and you’ve got the trio before lunch-time.

4 comments:

In Due Time said...

Coming over from ICLW...

If they can make a buck, they sure will try anything!

~Shiona~ said...

Over from ICLW. That is just terrible. I can't believer the lengths papers will go to to print a story.

Keri said...

Hi guys! Yep, they'll stoop to any level, won't they?

The Muser (aka Beautiful Mama) said...

Here from ICLW

It's really awful how people do become objects...in so many ways: media, the way we treat them, sex objects...ugh.