Broward News

Dead Man Jerking

I just don't know about the decency in running this article on the Sun-Sentinel website. I mean, the guy died in his house, what the hell does it matter to the public at large that he was naked at his computer at the time? It doesn't and that means it's not news.

Sure he was a sex offender -- convicted of a 1996 charge of lewd and lascivious assault on a child under the age of 16 -- but does that give the media the imperative to needlessly strip him in death of whatever hair-like fiber of dignity he had left? And aren't police and medical examiners supposed to have some discretion in these matters? This is just salacious gossip that hit the ears of Jamie Holmes, a reporter for

the Sentinel's "news partner," NewsChannel 5.

Holmes goes out and gets poignant quotes about the guy, who never had a hint of trouble in the years he quietly lived in the neighborhood, like, "I guess what he does would be bad for the heart," and "He didn't change, he was still the same, and that's sad."

Rubbish.

(Yes, I realize that I'm perpetuating the sorry story here, but I also know the cat is out of the bag now and it's worth discussion).

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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