It’s no secret that the people who own America’s mainstream media are wealthy. Similarly, news anchors—or celebrity anchors, depending on who you ask—have amassed considerable wealth while working as newsreaders for the mainstream media. And so, it seems remarkably hypocritical for some anchors to lampoon rich people considering their opulent financial status. Consequently, it’s reasonable to believe both owners and anchors share a strong mutual interest in TV ratings and are willing to experiment with many untested ideas to boost their network’s ratings score. Unfortunately, such behavior can be the recipe for widespread corruption across a vast industry of information gathering, sharing, and broadcasting.
Something else may interest you: “Invasion of privacy law, in brief,” from the Student Press Law Center.