- the figure is guilty of criminal behavior
- the figure continues addictive behaviors that could impair judgment
- habitual behaviors raise questions about trustworthiness
Persons catering, for whatever reason, to this voyeuristic culture, are likelier than not to find an audience.
I bring this up because of the revelation of conversations that then-Governor George W. Bush thought were private and were taped without his knowledge or consent. The Bloomberg account of this story notes:
"Then-governor Bush was having casual conversations with someone he thought was a friend,'' White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in an e-mailed statement last night.It's tough to have friends when the opportunity for notoriety and cash makes betrayal so alluring.
One must wonder what the future of our public life holds if our elected leaders no longer feel safe in seeking counsel, testing ideas, or letting their hair down in what are meant to be private discussions.