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When the hell will tabloids start reporting the news and stop ruining people's lives? News media should report the news not take sides and vilify those involved, after all it's supposed to be news not entertainment. They have completely compromised their integrity and neutrality so I am forced to ask the question, what role do they perform in society that cant be carried out in full by a soap opera (which by the way would be far less damaging as people would go into it knowing it was fabricated!).
What role? This Max Mosely thing has been the last straw as far as I'm concerned although his name could be substituted with any name on a long long list. The problem is this, there are people out there who actually believe what they read in the 'Red Top' papers and think that A) this man did something that is disgusting and wrong (because the paper told them to think that) and B) he should lose his job for it. WHAT? What he did he did with consenting adults and I'm sorry but the bottom line is everyone has something in their dirty little minds that they like and others would find offensive (Don't lie to yourself. You do!). Secondly he didn't do it at work so how is this related to his job?
The same thing has happened to scores of people so I think every time a paper prints a smear campaign we should all be allowed a good look at the skeletons in the closets of the journalist and the editor and then see how happy they are to say that your work life should be at the mercy of your private (ill say it again PRIVATE) actions. I know I'm going on so I promise ill end soon but I want first to say this to all the 'freedom of speech' bandwagon jumpers; If this sort of thing is what we choose to exercise that right on then we, all of us, deserve to have the right stricken from us.
We turn our heads to the hungry and the needy so we can spend more time reading about celebrity x, y and z and how much we should loathe them because that's what we are told to do!! I'm not trying to preach or even to say that I am totally immune to devices such as these but what I am saying put simply is this; Tabloid news papers want to make sales and they are willing to do that even if it means taking sides on a situation that they should, MUST, just observe and when they cross that line they are about as useful to society for reporting the news as a science fiction book.