Irresponsible Journalism: Gawker Media vs. Hulk Hogan

A very controversial public figure is once again the topic of discussion. Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million. The lawsuit, which is for defamation, loss of privacy, and emotional distress, involves a sex tape of Hogan and his former best friend’s now former wife.

The source of the leak is currently unclear. However, Gawker has been the only prominent media company to publish the sex tape. In my opinion, this is clear breach of privacy and human decency. Throughout the turn of the century, one might say that media and news companies have evolved. This is one clear example of a media company evolving for the worse, and displaying irresponsible journalism. A journalist and media organization should have excellent standards, and when a company such as Gawker stoops so low as to release a sex tape, it is a reflection of all journalists.

Obviously, we’re dealing with a company that has been around controversy for some time now. The company was also responsible for leaking and distributing copies of Quentin Tarantino’s 146 page script for The Hateful Eight, which in 2014, Tarantino almost pulled the plug on.

We have to ask ourselves as a young generation that will shape the future of America, do we want this for our future? Do we really want news and media organizations to transform into a TMZ tabloid style of reporting. Absolutely not. Hulk Hogan may not be the best role model, and he might not be a great guy for making a sex tape with his ex best friend’s (at the time) wife, but this is not the type of reporting we should promote. As reporters, we have to promote fairness and decency.

Franco Fino

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