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Condit vs the Media There is a girl missing She is a daughter and a friend but to the public she is a girl who had sex with a congressman This image has been forced by the media before it was even the known truth Congressman Condit became less of a suspect in Chandra Levys disappearance and more as a politician who made bad decisions morally and politically Is it anyones business who sleeps with whom Do we have the right to pass judgment on a man whose story has only been told by newspapers and television programs filtered and edited to make it appealing to the consumer Just another way to use sex to sell a product or a true attempt by journalists to inform the public of the questionable activities of one of our representatives Where is the story and what is the purpose Did Condit ever have a chance in the bitter battle between right to privacy and the countrys insatiable curiosity to know the dirty details The answer is no This is a man against an industry willing to manipulate stories and facts for the almighty dollar There are some publications and news broadcasts who do not sell to the talk show demographic such as USA Today and CNN but beyond that we find seedy stories in People magazine and the Enquirer right next to a story about Oprah dating Elvis or something else of equal pointlessness The real problem has been forgotten a girl is missing and a family is hurting yet the media focuses on whether or not Condit slept with four or five flight attendants Something tells me the priorities are out of whack and its hard to place blame Is it the so-called journalist asking Condits second grade girlfriend if he was faithful or is it the people who care more about someones sex-life who is neither a personal acquaintance Condit would not be in
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