Media Whores

Eliot Spitzer has set off a fire-storm of media-whoring. Everytime I turn on the tv, I see whores. No, not the cast of High School musical, but ladies of the night on Mike and Juliet, 20/20, CNN, (especially) Fox News, MTV (definitely), VH1… Etc….Everyone is disecting this Spitzer story by delving into the secret life of a prostitute. Obviously for ratings.

Man is always curious about the worst among us. Not that all prostitutes are bad, but who really wants their daughter (or son) doing that? Who really wants their son or brother (or daughter) going to prostitutes? It’s a dark life, and we are curious about what’s underneath the rock. And it isn’t a bad thing to understand what goes on under the rock. Otherwise, how can we as a society ever expect to help?

But every single prostitute on every single one of these shows brags about the amount of money she makes. If you’re a 16 or 17 year old girl from a poor family, and you look at the lifestyle that “Kristen” led, wouldn’t you say to yourself, ‘Why Not? ‘Why work hard? Why get an education? Why Not?

Media Outlets need to be careful when reporting on this story. They must limit the glitz, glamour, and easy money.

In media and life, we sometimes say to ourselves, “If I can save or help just ONE person, it will be worth it.”

But is it also neccessary to ask, “If I do this, and it harms just ONE person, is it worth it?”

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Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

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