Tonight Media Watch had a go at the Canberra Times for informing the public that Narrabundah car crash victim Scott Oppelaar was himself a thieving shitbag with a life spent bringing misery to the wider community.
According to the Media Watch headline this front page news was “too much truth”.
His grandmother, the Anglican Reverend Ruth Dudley is excerpted saying the article:
…caused pain to the family. Scott’s lifestyle gave them heartache when they were alive. His death was devastating. They did not need to see his misdemeanours spread across the front page of The Canberra Times.
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So should the feelings of the family which spawned the career criminal be given primary concern? Or should a community grappling with a tragedy be informed of the full nature?
Me? I don’t think there’s ever such a thing as “Too Much Truth”. But what do you think?