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Can Public Figures Have Private Lives?*

  • Frederick Schauer (a1)

A rash of very public scandals, of which the behavior of President Clinton and the activities of the late Princess Diana are merely the most famous examples, has raised the question of the appropriateness of the disclosure, or the newsworthiness, of the so-called “private” lives of so-called “public” figures or “public” officials. That is the question I address in this essay.

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Social Philosophy and Policy
  • ISSN: 0265-0525
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