This has nothing to do with Iraq. Or illegal wiretapping. It has nothing to do with the Hillary or Obama conundrum. Or McCain vs. Rudy.
It has to do with Oprah Winfrey.
And it tells you all you need to know about what is wrong with American media coverage.
Oprah gets the dirt
According to AP, and Winfrey has to be thrilled with her scoop, the mother and stepfather of apparent kidnap victim Shawn Hornbeck speculated, on Oprah's show, that their son had been sexually abused during his 4 years with suspect Michael Devlin.
Craig & Pam Akers say that "they have not asked their son what happened on the advice of child advocacy experts." Yet, they see nothing wrong with then suggesting, on national television, that he was indeed, molested.
Here is how the exchange was described:
"OK, I'm going to go there and ask you, what do you think happened? Do you think he was sexually abused?" Winfrey asked Craig and Pam Akers, parents of 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck.What on earth was the point of that exchange? For whose edification was it done? The titillation of the viewers?
Both nodded and said, "Yes."
Did anybody consider what that boy must be feeling to have that media molestation forced upon him?
The answer is that this boy was the last person anybody considered.
Questions I would like to see answered
As for Mr. & Mrs. Akers...
Do you think they asked their son if he wanted that to be trotted out for public consumption?
What 15-year old, whose identity is very well known, would want to be made a spectacle of in this way?
Have the parents, who were told that they shouldn't even discuss the topic with Shawn, considered what sort of damage they were doing by making this statement on Oprah's show?
Did Oprah consider the consequences of her question? Or was it sweeps week?
I would really love to know what Oprah's people paid for their exclusive.
And I am wondering if everybody feels that they have gotten their money's worth.