Obama has right to privacy for personal moments

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re “Mr. President, let the photographers in” (Forum, Joyce Terhaar, Dec. 8): As a citizen, I don’t benefit from seeing how a president looks after jogging, nor from images showing him performing his role as a father. The press has a desire to document a president’s private life, not a right. An official White House photo of the president with his daughters might be contrived, but images made by an outside photojournalist would not be more real. Nothing public is certifiably real today, including photographs. We should let the president protect his daughters from invasions of their privacy. We defend privacy, but in practice, we pry. The press readily dignifies our nosiness with euphemisms like “transparency” and “access,” as if to assuage us that idle curiosity is morally equivalent to voter knowledge. Meanwhile, what's most at stake is the sanctity of family life, not some dubious right of the press.

-- David Barrett, Sacramento

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