Thursday, March 27, 2008
You Gotta Be Kidding! Tuesday while speaking on behalf of her mother's campaign, after announcing she was accepting her last question, Evan Strange, who works for the student newspaper at Butler University, asked whether the Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother's credibility as a candidate. What kind of question is that! How does a person ask someone for their opinion of a parent's marital indiscretions.
Now 28 yrs old, for the past 12yrs Chelsea Clinton has had to cope with an issue that no 16yr old should. It's already difficult being a teen age girl, but to be the daughter of the man who is the leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world, has to be overwhelming. And to have this father betray the trust of you, your mother, and the World is the kind of traumatic experience many will never know at this level.
Even though I am a strong Barack supporter, after hearing that student ask this appallingly tasteless question, I felt a sense of anger probably equal to that of Ms. Clinton. When answering this shamelessly intrusive remark by stating:
"Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know maybe, 70 college campuses I've now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business," I think he got off easy!
In my opinion this is a problem with society and it's media. The absence of tact and lack of concern for anyone but ourselves. We are fastly becoming a civilization that believes we can say or do anything we want without any repercussions. The invasive behavior of the media and its paparazzi, are feeding the flames to a Phoenix which is consuming our moral judgement.
When interviewed, this student's answers were those of a self-centered hypocrite, whose 15 minutes of fame earned him the title " Poster-child for ignorance". He states:
"I can see where she'd get a little defensive because of the question and hearing Lewinsky over and over again, but I would like to hear her say something about Hillary rather than dismissing the question." Saying this as if he had been wronged. After hearing his opinion of Chelsea's response, you would think he was expecting an apology...what gall!
This is my question to him, "if you know this was a touchy issue that she has been questioned about over and over again, why would you ask her to discuss dirty laundry that isn't hers to display?"
As a disguise tactic for his true agenda, he tries to legitimize this tasteless act with the, "Get out of jail free card" that journalist love to use, " it is the people's right to know". Which we all know is code for,"I'm just being nosey". He even stoops to say, "I love Hillary", on CBS's The Early Show. Not being a gambling man, I would bet the feeling is not mutual.
This sort of behavior by the media is disturbing on many levels. People have come to believe wholeheartedly they have such a strong freedom of speech and press, that they have forgotten about another's right to privacy. Being able to say what you want, doesn't mean that you always should. And just because you feel you have the right to know, doesn't always mean you should know.
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