Monday, January 18, 2010

Herald Sun Shows No Shame

Let's hope that Herald Sun journalist/gossip columnist Mark Dunn and/or the paper's editor on Saturday doesn't have a love child. The frontpage story was a low even for a tabloid:

EXCLUSIVE: THE late billionaire Richard Pratt has left a $22.8 million fortune - more than three-quarters of his personal assets - to his 11-year-old love child, according to his last will.
Visy tycoon Richard Pratt leaves fortune to 11-year-old love child ... (Herald Sun 16 Jan 2010)
Not only did they name her in the story but also included a large photo in case any of her friends didn't know about it. The Ethics Unit must be optional in some journalism courses these days.

Like all these cases I feel ambivalent about publicising something that should have remained private, namely the minor's identity.

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