I completely agree that gutter journalism which only attempts to smear the reputation, ruin the relationships and attack the psychological wellbeing of a person in the public eye purely as an act of partisan revenge, should not be encouraged. After all everyone potentially has skeletons in their closet and when the gloves are off, adversaries are not above using dirty games in politics to bring their intended target down. The end result is a mud-fest as the ultimate aim is to dig up as much dirt as possible, especially with an election drawing closer.
There are, however, instances when the public’s right to know means that the information should be published because it is directly relevant to a person’s character and whether such individuals are fit to hold public office. It is especially essential that it is made public when it is damaging enough that it may expose the politician to