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Old 12-16-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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I knew a retired judge who got caught shoplifting. It was all over the press and of course was the talk of the lawyer community. His entire reputation was destroyed and until he died he was known as being nuts. It was painful to watch. His wife had a meltdown shortly after this event. She could not get out of a tight parking space and ended up just banging into the cars in front and behind her until they were moved enough for her to get out of the spot. So she was also the talk of the town. Their daughter was a lawyer. She moved away.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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She wasted the police's time and now she is screwed in her career and as a public person is shamed for all to see.
Indeed, in terms of being a career-killer today, I don't know what was worse -- filing the false report or blaming a "non-crime" on a racial minority. Now she's going to carry the baggage of the "racist" label that she wouldn't have if she blamed a white guy. And that baggage will make her far less employable.
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Now she's going to carry the baggage of the "racist" label that she wouldn't have if she blamed a white guy. And that baggage will make her far less employable.
That unhappy angle also occurred to me.

Similar to Martha's story, this one does illustrate that one's public persona is sometimes a very incomplete picture of what is going on underneath-especially I think if a job or social position is thought to require a certain type of public face.

One other thing that also occurred to me- how much stress might there be in going on TV day after day in a tight dress, with perfect makeup, a big smile, etc? She is probably at least as susceptible as anyone else to blue days, sleepless nights, hangovers, bloat days, boyfriend troubles, etc..

I do think that this kind of false accusation has to be nipped and definitely not whitewashed, even though it is easy to feel empathy with these troubled people.

Although I am not as swept off my feet by retirement as some are, it sure beats what many workers face every day.

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One other thing that also occurred to me- how much stress might there be in going on TV day after day in a tight dress, with perfect makeup, a big smile, etc? She is probably at least as susceptible as anyone else to blue days, sleepless nights, hangovers, bloat days, boyfriend troubles, etc..
Not to mention that such a person is likely to have more than their fair share of creeps and stalkers harassing them.
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Not to mention that such a person is likely to have more than their fair share of creeps and stalkers harassing them.
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Not to mention that such a person is likely to have more than their fair share of creeps and stalkers harassing them.
And any one of them could be very dangerous, as happened to a very pretty well known BBC news reader, Jill Dando.

I think high profile television personalities have a lot to deal with in their private lives.

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On the morning of 26 April 1999, Dando left the Chiswick home of her fiancÚ, Dr. Alan Farthing. She returned alone, by car, to the house she owned in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, West London. She had lived in the house, but by April 1999 was in the process of selling it and did not visit it regularly. As Dando reached her front door at about 11:32, she was shot once in the head. Her body was discovered about 14 minutes later by neighbour Helen Doble. Police were called at 11:47. Dando was taken to the nearby Charing Cross Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival at 13:03 BST. She was 37 years old.
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This was an interesting way to go. Newsreaders should stick to the teleprompter.

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On November 24, 1976, his weather spot came up just after a report of a violent rape of a five year old girl. Tex, who had only been aware of the topic of the report, and not the fact that a child was involved, thereupon quipped: "With rape so predominant in the news lately, it is well to remember the words of Confucius: 'If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.'" (The same joke later helped derail Texas gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams' 1990 election bid and got Indiana University Basketball coach Bob Knight in trouble during an interview with Connie Chung in 1988). Roger Grimsby led the 11 p.m. newscast that night with the official apology from WABC. Five days later Grimsby would introduce Antoine's replacement, Storm Field, with "Lie back, relax and enjoy the weather with Storm Field." Antoine closed out his career with a brief stint as weatherman for WNEW-TV in 1977.
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