Oh, and BTW . . .
Just who is it that we around here call or depend on to check in and comment when there's something hanging in the wind that there's a legal slant on?
Facts are facts: It's either YOU, or POPPY!
It SURE as hell ain't GHOSTBUSTERS!!!!!!
This whole thing is such a tragic turn of events. What KM is talking about is somewhat similar to the concept of reckless endangerment and I think legal accountability is a valid point in this situation but a somewhat semantic one because I think the larger issue with regard to this tragedy is what is acceptable on public airwaves in a civilized society. And thatís because these werenít two private individuals taking on a private prank Ė they were on public airwaves that are supported by advertising revenue and I strongly believe it is up to people to demand accountability with regard to that and that, if we take that challenge on societally, we will see much less reckless BS on public airwaves -- be it pranks like this or Rush Limbaugh spewing racism against our first African American president in a country with a tragic history of racial violence.
And I can see how this particular circumstance would be difficult to foresee, but when you engage in reckless, juvenile behavior things can spiral out of control and when that reckless, juvenile behavior is allowed not only by this radio station, but by whatever the Australian version of the FCC is and supported by whatever advertisers buy ad space on this radio show, those are the direct avenues of accountability and pressure should rightfully be brought to bear on them. I mean, what if Kate was put on the phone and got upset and had a miscarriage? Sure, that seems unlikely but no more unlikely than this tragic scenario seemed a few days ago. And most protocols and security systems can breach because human beings are fallible and thatís obviously what the radio DJs were counting on -- or at least hoping for -- otherwise they wouldnít have even bothered to engage in the prank in the first place.
And while Jacintha, the nurse in this tragedy, may have had other distressing personal issues, one thing that I think is often understandably difficult for Americans to grasp about British society, since we donít have a Monarchy, is how much the British Royal Family is still deeply, deeply revered by many in Great Britain and that many of them consider themselves British Subjects, almost as a badge of honor and with a deep sense of duty.
The British press is reporting that Jacinthaís neighbors often referred to her as "the Nurse to the Queen", and I donít think that is because she literally had ever been a nurse to the queen but merely because she worked at King Edward VII hospital where the BRF is often treated. And the first thing I thought of when I heard about this tragedy was the Japanese concept of hara-kiri -- the philosophy behind which I think played some role in this tragedy although we may never know to what extent -- and the second thing I thought of is how terrible it is to have a great sense of honor in a global society that increasingly has so little. Just very, very, very sad.
I'll reiterate that the intention doesn't matter. Most people don't intend to do something that will result in someone's death. However, things like this are a lesson in the fact that we don't exist in a bubble. Our words and actions have an effect and just because a person doesn't mean harm, doesn't mean they don't DO harm.
I don't care about legality. What I'm talking about is being a responsible and KIND person in the world. Why would you crank call a hospital and try to get confidential medical information in the first place? How is that funny? Did they not think that the medical professionals at that hospital had better things to do? The idiocy is stunning.
Maybe the woman's co-workers and employers were fine about it, but if you do some searches online, you'll see that she was vilified and ridiculed. How many of us who are perfectly stable could deal with that?
Sorry, but I think those DJ's bear some responsibility. Whether or not they are legally responsible isn't the issue for me. Even if this terrible thing hadn't happened, it's possible that, depending on the hospital and how the royal family responded, she could have lost her job, which is something I'm sure those DJ's didn't think about. We've seen stories about hospital employees being fired for breaching confidentiality rules before. It's not out of the realm of possibility that a prank like that could have lost someone their job.
I agree entirely with Crit that this issue is much wider than whether individuals are legally responsible when something is being done fully in the public domain with the full advance knowledge of the radio station.
And if since they have legal teams assessing the legal accountability of given scenarios in advance, then surely they can assemble some basic common sense teams as well to tell these people that they are being reckless and stupid and that this could be harmful in some unintended way.
And then that team should be given the authority by the radio station to put an end to idiocy like this before it ever makes it to the public airwaves.
I just saw a short clip of a reporter asking Prince Charles how he felt about the pregnancy. Charles first response was, "How do you know I'm not a radio station?"
He went on to say he's thrilled to be a Grandfather and "their" girl is getting better.
much; she should be able to have something that is hers.
She can always try Shontaquita. :rofl:rofl:rofl