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Does the media have no respect for politicians?

Jacob Zuma, president of the ANC in South Africa has been quoted saying, "The South African media have no respect for people." Should politicians be given the same rights as the man on the street.
Corruption in government is a huge problem in African countries as the fat cats drain the tax money, filling up their own pockets. Should citizens not be privy to their comings and goings and when they are wayward, should the media not be able to slate them and let them know how the people feel.

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Yes, but that is one of the perks for being a public figure-
Yes, but that is one of the perks for being a public figure. Politician must understand that are almost like public property. the media does not need to show respect to them because they are writing within their freedom of speech rights. As public figure's they need to be on good behavior so that they dont give media something disrepecting to write about.
Posted on 15 Jul 2008 15:22
Politicians are Public Servants, not Gods-
Yes, as people they deserve the same rights, the same considerations. But, if they make mistakes, they must suffer the same fate - publically.
Posted on 16 Jul 2008 11:13
Politicians - or criminals?-
I believe the media give the politicians a very fair hearing considering what we sometimes find out about them a bit later along their crooked ways.
Posted on 16 Jul 2008 16:10