Press: Newswatch: Sex, Privacy and Journalism

Sex, Privacy and Journalism

Perhaps by now there is a consensus that Gary Hart brought himself down by his willful behavior. But at the outset of the scandal, a large part of the public was ready to blame the press for invading his privacy, and many still do. Questions about the role the press played continue to echo among journalists.

An English observer of the Hart affair, Alexander Chancellor, who is the U.S. editor of the new London daily Independent, thinks American political scandals are usually about money, while British political scandals are about sex.

Respectable American papers scorn the sleazy Fleet Street practice of...

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