Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Strauss-Kahn: Private lives, public responsibiity

I published this article yesterday

Amplify’d from www.digitaljournal.com
New York
The question of where lies the boundary between private and public, especially with regard to elected officials has long been a debate in journalistic theory and taste. The known views of the French in the matter are tested in the Strauss-Kahn arrest.
The article notes that the French have considered themselves superior as journalists in this regard to US and British journalists, in their noble accomplishment of keeping politics “out of the bedroom.”
It is true that thoughtful consumers of news are cursed with the superficial and salacious in much of what pollutes our print and airwaves, but the notion that private lives are separable from public responsibilities is simply untenable.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Mr. Strauss-Kahn is alleged to have attacked sexually a 32-year-old woman at a Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan on May 14. Grotesque, vile details of the maid’s testimony can be read elsewhere.
This fact begins to quiver near the pen of the French press in the wake of the Strauss-Kahn’s alleged loathsome “behavior in the bedroom.”
Read more at www.digitaljournal.com

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