For most of us, particularly those of us with a conservative or libertarian philosophical bent, the bottom dwelling nature of our media has been self evident for quite a while now. From an unacknowledged leftward bias to printing or reporting virtually anything that will increase ratings or circulation regardless of consequence to national security or personal privacy, ignoring barriers to what most of us would consider simple common decency, the media will do whatever they deem is in their best interest and then sanctimoniously rationalize it as the “public’s right to know”.
Now comes word that pictures of David Carradine’s less than dignified final moments, in which he was trussed up like a roping calf to satisfy his auto-erotic sexual impulses, have been published. Granted these are tabloid type publications but in a time when the lines between what has in the past been considered serious journalism and the more yellow variety are becoming more and more blurred, this kind of utterly irrelevant sensationalism is becoming the norm. Is this something that we really need to see or know about upon the death of someone in the public eye? Why the need to snicker at and belittle a man who had a reasonably successful if somewhat eccentric career as an actor. If so important to the “public’s right to know”, why not publish the embarrassing details while Mr. Carradine was alive to defend himself or laugh off the reporters of such “news” as the pathetic, bed wetting, girls restroom peeping toms that they are?
What kind of person enters the field of journalism these days? A profession who’s main purpose seems to be to mock and humiliate those who actually do something worthwhile with the small amount of time we are all given in this world.
Personally I’d rather be a garbage man.