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I found this quote to be ironic (Elizabeth Smart related)(8 posts)

I found this quote to be ironic (Elizabeth Smart related)mickey-mac
Oct 27, 2003 5:34 PM
"In Utah, Ed Smart said he 'can't believe' the media wars surrounding his family's story."

Is that right? Is this the same Mr. Smart who has already done a book deal on the subject of his daughter's abduction and return? Is this the same Mr. Smart who has been assisting in a made-for-TV movie about his daughter's ordeal? Is this the same Mr. Smart who, along with his wife, has been appearing on the interview circuit discussing his daughter's case?

The Smart parents' seemingly endless efforts to keep their faces and names in the public really rubs me the wrong way. If, God forbid, something as horrible as this were to happen to my daughter, I like to think I'd do everything in my power to ensure that he or she was kept as far away from the media as possible. If she wanted to "go public" with the story on becoming an adult, that would be her decision. I just can't conceive of a situation in which I'd be signing book deals, movie deals, and talk-show deals to discuss a lengthy ordeal in which a nut took my young daughter "as his wife" for an extended period of time. Happy ending or no, some family matters should not be dealt with on Oprah.
When faced with the actual decision,TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2003 6:08 AM
It's nice to think that you would keep your child away from the media frenzy. But faced with, say, a $5 million book deal, would you feel the same way? I think you would have to think about how the money could help your child vs. the possible damage it would cause. I'm not saying you should always take the money, but it does make the decision a little bit more difficult.
take the money, but then don't gripe about media nmDougSloan
Oct 28, 2003 7:36 AM
paparazzi and journalists will find you anywayColnagoFE
Oct 28, 2003 8:30 AM
Assuming your story is worth covering it doesn't really matter if you don't want the publicity. It will happen anyway. Might as well get paid by Oprah instead of having cameras pointing in your windows for no remuneration. Of course that doesn't mean you need to whore out your story to everyone. I remember hearing that Mike Douglas' wedding cost something like 2 million. He got paid 1.4 mil by a British magazine for exclusive photo rights to the wedding--and in doing so he avoided a good bit of the paparazzi who would have been there anyway to take pictures--authorized or not.
A couple of things...Brooks
Oct 28, 2003 3:27 PM
One, the Smarts are better than well off financially pre-book/movie deals. They really don't need the money. Two, from what I understand, a good portion of their book is dedicated to proselytizing on their Mormon faith. So there is reason enough (to them) to put the book out. Any chance to help convert the Gentiles (heathens). Three, considering the Smarts worked the media extremely well during the nine months of Elizabeth's abduction, to have Ed complain about the media is shallow.

Just my view from Utah.
And one more thing, maybe....Cory
Oct 28, 2003 8:41 PM
I dunno if being "better than well off" means they wouldn't grab more money if they could--I've hardly every met anybody who wouldn't pick it up if it were lying there. On the other hand, I have a daughter about that age, and I'm certain (as I imagine any father would be) that my only consideration under the same circumstances would be what was best for her. I assume the Smarts feel the same way, and maybe they determined that being open about the incident would help her get through it.
As for laying this (along with everything else we don't like) on the media, though: The media, of which I'm a member, aren't going to use a story or spend a dime on it if people aren't asking for it. Don't criticize the media for using the story if you're buying USA Today to read it.
And one more thing, maybe....mickey-mac
Oct 28, 2003 9:12 PM
I agree with you on the media thing. Some celebrities (entertainment types) are at the point where the media will never leave them in peace. However, ordinary people who end up in extraordinary circumstances always seem to find a way out of the media spotlight if they really want out. I really can't imagine that the media would be hounding Elizabeth Smart on her way to school or church if her parents clearly expressed their desire to keep her out of the media.
Say we don't criticize the media for giving us what we "want"The Walrus
Oct 29, 2003 11:33 AM
can't we (and especially Elizabeth Smart) be spared such half-witted questions as Katie Couric's "Has this changed you at all?" D'oh!