Weighing In On The Kate Middleton Topless Photos Tragedy
There’s no excuse. No justification. It’s simply naked greed and the wanton disregard of privacy and journalism ethics.
Was Kate Middleton in a public place? No. Did she do anything wrong or newsworthy? No. So should those photos have been published? The answer is a resounding “no.”
I have mixed feelings about intense media coverage of this misdeed. While I do think someone should point out that it’s wrong, I also think the media shouldn’t dignify it with too much attention.
People forget that journalism isn’t just about money. It’s a public service. It’s the foundation of a good democracy.
Look, I don’t expect entertainment magazines to serve the public like the Washington Post and the New York Times do. But they should at least adhere to some basic journalism and privacy ethics.
But all that the French magazine seems to care about is notoriety and making a quick buck. And frankly, I’m disappointed in the people who read that trashy stuff, and thereby implicitly supporting the publications that run them.