(As posted to my Gazette blog)

“A police video of Justin Bieber giving a urine sample for a drug test after his arrest on driving under the influence and other charges was released by prosecutors Thursday, with sensitive portions blacked out as ordered by a judge,” the Associated Press is reporting.

Say what? What manner of madness is this?! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a similar video being made public — of anyone, celebrities or non-celebrities.

How is it in the public interest?

It might not be a legal invasion of privacy, but it sure seems like a moral invasion of privacy to me.

Apparently,  the video was released in response to a request by The Associated Press and other news organizations.


Ohmygawd . . .

The really sad thing about this is the video is going viral, and some news outlets are no doubt linking to it.

I could make jokes about yellow journalism, but this is no laughing matter.

It’s a disgrace. The video should never have been released.

A sad day for journalism, and a real invasion of Justin’s privacy.