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December 22, 2011

Faulty arguments

Filed under: News and Politics, Selling and Influencing — chriscroft @ 10:01 am

Interesting to see the arguments the press are using to defend their outrageous harassment of victims over the years:

– “newspapers have always done it” (doesn’t make it OK!)

– “it’s not as bad as it used to be” (doesn’t make it OK!)

– “celebs are stupid if they don’t realise what they’re getting into ” (this is only one up from “She got raped but what did she expect, wearing that short shirt?”) (doesn’t make it OK!)

I also heard: “Some celebs WANT the press attention” – maybe true, but doens’t make it OK to harrass ALL of them, and certainly not OK to harrass the unsuspecting members of the ordinary public who find themselves on the end of a press story and certainly don’t want the hassle.  It would be easy to have laws where you can give the press permission to camp outside your house if you really want that, or you can give the press permission to photograph you with long lenses through the windows of your home, but if no permission then its illegal.

So we await Leveson’s verdict, and I personally hope he really makes a difference this time.  Enough “self regulation” – it clearly doesn’t work.







  1. Quite agree. A strong inquisitive press is critical for democracy, but the abuse is appalling. Replace “celebrity” with “bank” and “harass” with “rob” and see how good those three defenses look.

    Meanwhile, how well does the press do its real job? In the UK, I think it has some real successes: The Telegraph rooted out MPs’ expenses fraud; The News of the World unmasked the cricket fixers; The Guardian unmasked The News of the World. In the US, we can point to massive failures: the financial crisis was building in plain sight while TV kept cheerleading the markets (a repeat of Enron, where TV kept boosting the stock until the company was on the point of bankruptcy and its management on the point of arrest); two different magazines had the Tiger Woods story, but were bought off by his handlers. The Republican presidential race is so bad that two candidates are believed to have stayed out because running would have meant losing their contracts with Fox News.

    Comment by Martin Herrington — December 22, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    • Exactly! I suppose the question is whether we can keep the good while getting rid of the bad? I think yes. So Martin, do you do a blog?? If not then you should!!

      Comment by chriscroft — December 22, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

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