PATSY R. BRUMFIELD: Few secrets anymore in wired world

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Two seemingly different body-parts news events this week – Kate Middleton’s breasts and Mitt Romney’s lips – bring to mind old advice:
If you don’t want it seen, don’t show it.
Frankly, I sympathize with the pretty, young Duchess of Cambridge and this uproar over publication of topless photos taken via long-range lens while she and Prince William were on a holiday at a private estate.
The royal couple thought they were alone and let down their guards for some romance.
Surely now, they must realize that as the world’s No. 1 tabloid news fascination, their privacy is only assured inside well protected walls.
Their situation is entirely different from the likes of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, former quarterback Brett Favre and that young actress whose name I forget – who actually texted their own revealing photos into cyberspace. For them, little sympathy is shown except perhaps for the poor state of their presentations.
As for Mr. Romney’s secretly recorded comments about America’s 47 percent, who are on the government dole without any responsibility for themselves, he surely should have known that his every word is for public consumption despite the venue’s private nature.
Political candidates have or should have no expectation of privacy from anything they say or do as political figures. Sometimes they are fortunate to secure tacit agreements with the media to leave their families alone in private settings.
The Clintons, the George W. Bushes and the Obamas seem to have enjoyed such considerations for their minor children.
But the naive prince and his wife surely let their guard down in a world that was hardly kind to the private life of his mother, Princess Diana.
No doubt, most people and a few courts acknowledge that the European media’s insatiable appetite for all-things-Diana heavily contributed to the vehicular accident in which she died.
Privacy is a precious thing.
Politicians want it, but they don’t want it. Entertainers want it, but they don’t want it. Same for “the royals,” whose success and support lies on their public popularity. Yet, the more successful the Williams and Kates become, the more it seems the public yearns for private revelations.
Sheesh! Get a life or at least a dog, a hobby or a good book.
And so, the moral of this story is that public folks should never forget they have few private moments, if any.
If you want to take your clothes off, do it indoors for at least a 47 percent likelihood of privacy.
If you want to tell your supporters what you really think, don’t be surprised if everybody else finds out, too.
In this world of instant communications, there ain’t no secrets anymore.
Patsy R. Brumfield writes a Thursday column. Contact her at (662) 678-1596 or

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