I recently blogged
about Fox News' disrespectful treatment
of Michelle Obama and while my blog was an initial gut reaction thing, I started thinking about the real reasons people think it's acceptable to disrespect public figures. I think the change started happening right around the time that the nation was forced to look between the Clinton bedsheets
and discuss private matters on a public platform. That's when news anchors moved themselves from news reporters to commentators. That's when "President Clinton" became "Bill" and the age of familiarity was born.
People lost respect for the person and, in turn, respect for the position. I remember when I was in the Army, we were told that you had to salute an officer no matter what. It wasn't about respecting the person, but respecting their position and the training, dedication and hardwork that goes into obtaining that position. Sometimes I think the public, especially news outlets, could stand a little primer on that: respect the position, even if you don't respect the person.