Friday, November 04, 2005

Press Bullying

Posting has been kind of light this week due to business and personal commitments. However, I noticed that the Press, depsite their public claims to be just one of the folks, still think that they can do things that an ordinary person cannot.

According to Matt Drudge, Judge Alito's 90-year-old mother is being harassed by legions of press personnel in attempts to gain interviews. It seems to me that Judge Alito's mother, who is by no stretch of the imagination a public person, might want to have recourse to legal assistance.

The press definitely should not have a dispensation to harass and otherwise torture ordinary people just becasue they might be related to someone who may be in the news. Judge Altio himself meets the definition of news-worthy and is a public person - after all, he is being proposed for a very important position. His mother is not. Why do reporters think that laws against harassment do not apply to them? Maybe we need to re-think what privileges reporters should have vis-a-vis other ordinary citizens. And these are the same people who are pressing for more special privileges in the form of a shield law????

Via the Drudge Report.

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