Behind The Palfrey Spectacle

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I am dismayed by the coverage of the Deborah Jeane Palfrey affair, particularly on television but in The Post as well. It was shameless on the part of prosecutors to choose the witnesses they selected and on the part of the media, including The Post, to give such detailed and lingering attention to the personal lives of the foolish women who participated in Palfrey's illegal enterprise.

Palfrey's suicide [front page, May 2] saddens me, and I hope it will cause the shallow and exploitative reporters and editors who hounded her and her former minions at least a modicum of pause if not regret.

It is not the media's fault that she operated an illegal business and got caught, but it is likely that their childish and remorseless use of her peccadilloes contributed to the sordid outcome -- and certainly created the unseemly spectacle her trial became.

-- George H. Lawrence


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