Is TMZ the Right Place to Discuss the Ethics of Marines Peeing on Corpses in Afghanistan?
If you visited the TMZ homepage this morning, you would have found a story about the four Marines videotaped peeing on corpses in Afghanistan. It was positioned comfortably in a panel of stories that included the latest update on Heather Locklear's trip to the hospital and an obituary for Hulk Hogan's mustache.
Is this the right place to debate the wartime ethics of Marines stationed abroad? Just this summer, a media profile of TMZ noted that at the Hollywood Hills outfit "No one pretends that they are covering the war in Afghanistan or the federal debt ceiling."
Except for this week. TMZ has been covering—or at least weighing in on—the story and the site's founder Harvey Levin took to Twitter to share his views on the video that went viral and could result in charges for the Marines:
Paul Bedard, a Washington gossip columnist (though not quite the Beltway equivalent of TMZ), called on Levin to butt out of serious political matters altogether:
Someone should tell Bedard it's too late: TMZ is already on Bedard's turf, covering important policy issues like Rep. Aaron Schock's abs.