Is there something wrong with ethics or with what people want to see in the news? Or with the news producers for entertaining stories that, perhaps, shouldn’t get attention.
So, what do we have this week? A preacher who says you shouldn’t use Facebook because it can cause infidelity, but this man previously had a “three-some” with his wife and a young male from his congregation. I participated in a Facebook conversation about this over the weekend where people had comments ranging from offering the man forgiveness because we are all sinners, to people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. My issue is how much attention should this be given in the news in the first place.
And, how about the “adult actress”, the new politically correct way to say “porn star”, who is suing Charlie Sheen. Was it because he didn’t pay her for her services for the evening? That was implied this morning during her interview on a news broadcast. What really happened in that room? First, no one will really know the truth, I’m sure. Second, is it the general public’s business? This woman is now a celebrity. How ridiculous. She’ll probably wind up with a multi-million dollar movie deal.
How can we celebrate this type of lack of ethics, lack of moral character, and inappropriate behavior? What is it we’re really looking at here, or looking to see? I guess it started many years ago with gossip magazines like the National Enquirer and paparazzi where the celebrity scoop was showcased and people were seen at their worst times.
Do we want to see celebrities fail? Do we need to feel superior? Do we need to think we are better than they are? Or are these celebrities just people who make bad decisions sometimes like many of us do. Maybe we need to see imperfections so we don’t feel like they are better then us. But letting people, like the “adult actress” be in the spotlight just can’t be good. And, you know how things go if you ever read The Tipping Point — more stories like this are sure to follow.
So. . . back to the original question. What is it that people want to see in the news? It is sad to know this is it.