Lara Bingle is suing former lover Brendan Fevola for allegedly distributing a nude photo of her, yet Fairfax and News Limited (and commercial tv, but I don’t watch the news on Seven, Nine and Ten so I can only guess they’ve been running it too) are also responsible for this photo getting out. Both news organisations have been running prominent stories about it, and both have run the damn photo – with pink bits blurred, of course, because somehow that makes it ok.
It’s blatantly obvious that Bingle did not want that photo taken, so I hope there was at least some debate in newsrooms about running it. Or did no one give a shit because she’s “fair game”? How newsworthy is it really that there’s a nude photo of Lara Bingle? If you argued that Fevola showing it to team mates is newsworthy, then why not – at the very least – include a photo of Fevola in the story? Hmm?
A few weeks ago, a random commenter (he/she has never been back) said I was bitter and “sniping from the stands”. I’m not bitter at all. I’m fascinated by journalism. But I’m not a very good journalist because I believe that, with a few exceptions*, someone’s private life is none of our business. Or perhaps that makes me a good journalist, it’s hard to tell these days.
* For example, a public figure who opines about the sanctity of marriage, yet is having an affair.