Here is a view from the antipodes on the habits of the US media re politician's private lives. (A path I very much fear, on recent, evidence, that the Oz media may show some signs of following)
What do you think of this trend? What of a politician's private life might reasonably and ethically be seen as part of the public's legitimate concern?
What are your criteria for making this decision?
Please - do NOT make this a chance yet again to bash Clinton or Bush!!!!
Andrew Sullivan: Ethics-free media rips off the fig leaves
July 05, 2004
PERHAPS the most enduring legacy of the Clinton years in American public life is the disappearance of any privacy. There is nothing in a politician's private life that isn't now fodder for mainstream journalism.
Legal, consensual, private activity, fantasies or feelings, even within a faithful marriage ? it's all fair game. Forget the old strictures about reporting only on adultery or hypocrisy or on public legal proceedings. And during this election cycle, things have just become sleazier; Democrat candidate John Kerry might become the victim.
The big fat precedent for another assault on the private life of a politician occurred in that bastion of ethical propriety, Chicago. A charismatic, handsome, even sexy Republican won the primary for the vacant Illinois Senate seat. Trouble is, this Republican, one Jack Ryan, once had a high-profile marriage to a stunning television star, Jeri Ryan ? a marriage that ended in a not-so-blissful divorce.