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  •  I did a bit of researching on this subject (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, rockhound

    last night because it troubled me greatly that some of us here on the left here were jumping on this story with such obvious glee.

    Legally, a newspaper can publish the name of juveniles charged with crimes, provided they get that information legally. But journalistic ethics usually preclude the publication of the name of alleged juvenile offenders except in the case of serious crimes (i.e., murder). In the case of minor offenses such as vandalism, newspapers generally don't publish the name of accused juvenile offenders, viewing that the harm to the minor from such publication is not outweighed by the public interest involved.

    Here the only justification for publicizing this particular accused juvenile offender is the fact that her mother is someone people on the left generally abhor, and I think that's a pretty sucky reason to splash what is essentially a story about a 15 year old girl all over the internet.

    Oh, I know there are those who will argue that this isn't about the girl, it's about her mother's attempt to cut her a sweet deal, but the fact remains the 15 year old is collateral damage.

    Nope, for me this goes too far. 15 year old girls can be psychologically vulnerable and thin skinned. I'm not participating in piling on like this on a child, no matter who her mother is.

    •  Goddammit, I'm NOT "piling on" the child (2+ / 0-)
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      dlcampbe, A Citizen

      Any more than it's "attacking" that "balloon boy" kid by including his name in articles about his parents being douchebags.

      "When even Arlen Specter is asking why the Dems got him to be their 60th Senator if they weren't gonna use the 60 votes, you know something's wrong!" --nyceve

      by Brainwrap on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 12:51:52 PM PDT

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      •  How would you feel (0+ / 0-)

        if someone pulled up this diary and showed it to the girl, herself? How do you think she'd feel?

        •  She's probably echoing Joe Biden... (2+ / 0-)
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          Brainwrap, dlcampbe

          ...telling her mother and father "thanks for making a big f**king deal about this!  Did you really think all the guys being charged and none of us girls being charged would totally get hushed up?  It would have more on the Q-T if we all faced the music together...so thanks a f**king lot Dad and Mom".

      •  no you are not piling on, (3+ / 0-)
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        Brainwrap, Sandia Blanca, cosette

        find the picture of Willow chugging vodka might help.
        I was not going to tip you because I have been reading ImmoralMinority ever since Palin was picked. There is alot of valuable info on that site.
        I have known about how bad Willow is for a while. Also Andrew Sullivan has picked up this story. There are alot of Palinbots around that will contest every negative story about Palin and her family, so don't mind them.
        Your diary is very good, you should be more familiar with the Alaskan blogs, I go to Palingates also. You would not believe how much power Sarah still has in Alaska and how many people are still afraid to say anything negative about her.

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