My take on the recent National Enquirer piece.
Submitted by "Mom"
The article itself was small and contained eight quotes from Mr. Peterson. To say that this piece is responsible journalism is a stretch. Why? Because it also included the reporter's take (and opinion) on some "reported" information about a personal chef, gardener and wealthy relative. In a nutshell, it is the same things we have been reading out here in cyberspace over the last several months. Responsible journalism should include two sides of the story, which this did not. If an attempt was made to contact the Gs, it would have been reported. Back in August, a CBS reporter interviewed NE editor David Perel. Even though the story centers around the John Edwards’ scandal, some of Perel’s quotes about what they feature is interesting, and very telling. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/17/sunday/main4356479.shtml
I don't fault Mr. Peterson for his attempt at getting his message out to the mainstream media. I am disappointed though that he settled for the Nat'l Enquirer. Perhaps they were the only "biters" of any pitch he sent out. But unless something is "breaking news," it will (and does) take time for the media to respond. I would consider the G story to be more of an investigative type of article, not breaking news. Investigative stories can take months to put together. And because I think Mr. Peterson is well-intentioned, my guess is the Nat'l Enquirer contacted him for a story, not the other way around.
There seems to be a lot of blogging about the photo used in this piece. To me, the children look bored and tired. This is probably one of at least one hundred pics that were snapped off in a studio for a publicity shot. Of course the NE used this pic for their skewed story - what a 'perfect' accompaniment. I am surprised they (J&K) would want this photo released to the media, however. [see link above for info on what the NE looks for in a photo]
Which leads me to another thought - public relations. As someone who has sat on both sides of the PR fence (a media professional for 10 years and an editor for 6 years), I can honestly say without a doubt, J&K need some serious help in the PR department. Whoever said "silence can be deafening" wasn't kidding. Although the Gs have taken the high road when it came to addressing personal family situations and public scrutiny, I believe it's time for them to say something. And, let's hope that they can say something. Let's hope they personally have some type of legal representation aside from Figure 8 or TLC who have a financial interest in their family.
My initial hopes were that Mr. Peterson could have contacted J&K directly to chat, safeguards could be put in place, Mr. Peterson could give some type of 'thumbs up' for their efforts, etc. That day may never come for Mr. Peterson now. And, I can't say I would blame J or K for not accepting a call from him after seeing this story.
There are many out here in blogland applauding this article. Unfortunately, I think it is just another unwelcome burden for the G family.