Full disclosure

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The idea of full disclosure is normally a good thing.  However, I do not want full disclosure on everything.  I really don’t.  Many years ago I was reading an article on what was in a sausage.  I stopped.  I do not want to know what is in a sausage.  I love sausages.

I do want to know what the politicians are doing with public funds.  I want to know if a politician’s extracurricular activities will impinge on the job he or she was hired to do.  I do not want to know what his sexual preferences are.  If it is between two consenting adults then it does not matter to the rest of us.  Or it shouldn’t.  The same goes for the celebrity types.  It’s none of my business, please don’t make it so.

Private should mean just that:  private.  This thirst so many people have for the ‘dirt’ on others is unseemly.  I find it demeaning to the ‘looker’ and the ‘lookee’.  But I fear I am in the minority.  Who am I to judge another’s form of entertainment.  It is a multibillion dollar business.

One of the things the media loves to say is that “the public has a right to know”.  Yes, they do.  Mostly.  The public has rights.  But an individual also has rights.  I am horrified when I see an accident where there are deaths.  The media scrambles to find out the names of the people that have died.  They don’t care if the family has been notified, they just want the scoop.  That is wrong!

Many years ago my father was in a plane crash.  He broke his back but he survived.  Once he was out of the hospital the media descended on my family.  There were aggressive strangers calling and asking questions.  There was a media truck that was parked outside our home way too often.  My mother and I, on more than one occasion, had to sit where we could see the house and wait for the truck to leave.  Then we would race home, hide the car in the garage and run inside.  Why?

I was a teenager I should not have had to walk around checking out strangers over my shoulder.  They wanted to know how I felt.  You want to know how I felt?  I felt violated!  I was a young adult and I was dealing with the trauma of what my father was going through.  I was having to watch every word I said. Idiot reporters were quite happy to twist anything I said to make it sound more salacious!  With everything that was going on in the world and they wanted to harass my family?  I didn’t understand it then and I don’t understand now. I hated the media!

I believe the media has a role in our world.  I think for the most part they are doing a good job.  But full disclosure comes with huge responsibilities.  The media, I am sure, is aware of that but they act as if it’s not their problem.  That does not make sense to me.

My parents used to have a boat moored a few hours from our home.  They would go up there on the weekends and for vacations.  One weekend there was a tornado.  I was concerned but I believed the severest weather would miss them.  So you can imagine my concern when I turn on the TV only to discover they are reporting the path of the tornado to be directly on top of my parents!

Because of the severe weather I knew I would not be able to call my parents.  So I waited.  I knew they would call me as soon as they were able.  It was almost 2 days.  They were fine.  The weather had been rough but the tornado had not touched down anywhere near them.  The report was wrong!  These  @#$%^  media types had published information that was untrue!  I am quite sure I am not the only one that was in a state of panic because of that report.  I never heard an apology, but then one rarely does from the media.  They wanted their scoop and didn’t care if the information was wrong or who they hurt.  Can you appreciate now why I’m not a fan of the media?

Full disclosure is an ideal and it’s a good one.  Unfortunately like so many things in life the application of that ideal is anything but.  With full disclosure comes full responsibility.  I don’t think most of us are capable of taking on that kind responsibility.  I know I’m not, are you?

15 thoughts on “Full disclosure

  1. emilievardaman

    I agree with you 100% on this one. It is really none of my business who sleeps with whom. The only exception might be a politician or prominent figure who proclaims vehemently the immorality of homosexuality while himself engaging in a homosexual relationship. I cannot abide that kind of hypocrisy.

    I am sorry you had to endure such a horrible media onslaught, especially at a young age. I don’t like my or anyone else’s rights or privacy infringed upon.

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  2. scifihammy

    A good post 🙂
    The information age – a mixed blessing. Yes, we want (accurate) prior warning of a tsunami, but no we do not want our privacy invaded.
    I feel sorry for you for what you had to go thro with your family after your father’s plane crash, when you had more than enough to deal with! People seem to think it is their right to know everything about everyone.
    I for one would like to keep my privacy – tho that may be an illusion – even as I type, my laptop is probably being hacked!

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  3. Pamela Beckford

    I totally agree. Plus, the media has such a thirst for everything they don’t care if it is bad for the greater good or would put a nation at risk. Sometimes (a lot of times) they need to just report what happened after it happened and not tip off terrorists.

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  4. Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Great points! Sadly, people–and in my experience, not just media types–in their rush to disclose information that is none of their business in the first place, do not stop to think of the moral aspect of what they’re doing. This lack of compassion is unfathomable to me.

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  5. lisajsmi

    Well said. Much of what is presented by the media is not researched like it was years ago. It is the breaking news that is often the most heart wrenching. Many years ago my cousin died in a horrible trucking accident. My poor aunt and uncle saw his truck burning over and over again…for weeks. It was all over the tv, even when you weren’t watching the news. My heart broke for them. The media did not show up at the hospital, only ambulance chasers. For this I am grateful. I have a friend who works for the news. She does an amazing job. She is not on camera. She is one of the most loving people I know. One day she told me, “The news has an entertainment license”…say no more.

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    1. quiall Post author

      I am so sorry for your loss. We have become too thirsty for entertainment and the media feeds that.. How sad that we see death and grief as entertainment. I rarely watch the news now.

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