Originally Posted by JP11
I don't know, I think the tabloid mentality affects everything...including politics (look at elections, the smear campaigns and scandals), the news media, and people in general...showing respect for people's privacy or personal problems...we feel it's our right to know every last (true or untrue) sordid detail when it's really none of our business...
No doubt. The public loves mud, always has. The pyramid builders probably gossiped about Cleopatra's latest lay.
The political press thing was much better until after Kennedy, but that was only since WW2. Before that, muckrakers and yellow journalism flourished. Kennedy would be impeached and impaled today. But it's the politicians themselves driving that these days, not so much the press acting unilaterally.