8.3.11

Max Mosley, Nazi sex orgy and a free press.

http://jalopnik.com/#!5779810/how-a-five+hooker-nazi-sex-orgy-scandal-may-cripple-the-press

Max Mosley as far as I know is not a nazi sympathizer or a white supremacist or a racist. I could be wrong. He lead a bit of a double life indulging in wild parties and BSDM stuff without informing his wife or family. Oh well. He's guilty of lying to them.

Whether the stuff on tape proves Nazi sympathies I'm not so sure. I am however sure that the tabloid News Of The World went out of its way to play up this angle and make him look as bad as possible in order to create a scandal and sell newspapers. Mr. Mosley is now suing for invasion of privacy and losing his job.

NOTW Editor Colin Myler said of the decision "It is not for the rich and the famous, the powerful and the influential, to dictate the news agenda, just because they have the money and the means to gag a free press."

Personally I'd rather say that there's a few different factors at work here, as well. What you do in the privacy of your own home is your business. If you're famous or a public figure then I recommend not hanging around people dressed in gear that will heavily offend the vast majority of neutral uninterested, reasonable people. So maybe he's guilty of that, too.

The right of the Free Press is not so absolute that you should just be able to go after anyone just for having some embarrassing sexual fetish. I couldn't care less what you do outside your work. It might say something about your character, but oh well. Do what you want, as long as it's between consenting adults. Try not to lie to people, maybe.

Right to a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Freedom of Press.

Somewhere between there lies a good spot where modern society needs to be. Does anyone have a reasonable expectation of privacy inside a private club? I don't know that.

Either case:
It is not for the powerful and the influential tabloids, to dictate the news agenda, just because they have the money and the means to destroy people's lives.


Call him out on his living a lie with respect to his family? Sure, go ahead. Shoot surveillance video inside a private club? Not so sure that's really moral or legal. Blow up the "nazi" angle just to make money? Well, that's how you make money, I suppose. But that also leaves you wide open to charges of libel and getting sued. Which I'm very fine with.


Hit them where it hurts, Max. And all the people lying and cheating - think about what you're doing. Especially if you have things to lose, like a family or a career. 

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