Op-Ed: More Schaden Than Freude : Blog Of The Nation Asra Nomani shames the media into leaving Brit alone...

Op-Ed: More Schaden Than Freude

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Britney fighting her legal battles, back in January. Source: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Source: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

Britney Spears isn't even in the realm of schadenfreude anymore. Reading and watching the "press" on Britney is like watching an accident in the slowest motion you can imagine. In fact, I'm beginning to feel guilty just looking at pictures of the flailing pop star. I can't imagine what it feels like to cover her -- whether you work at Us Weekly or TMZ, there must be some sense of complicity between your work, and her spectacular breakdown(s). (Especially if you're Adnan Ghalib, the paparazzo who The Soup's Joel McHale called "a guy who looks like he knows where to buy Roofies," and is apparently dating her. Yes, I've repeated gossip on an NPR blog.) Asra Nomani, former Wall Street Journal reporter and People stringer, wrote an Op-Ed in the LA Times explaining why the Britney Spears debacle (the Spearsacle), shamed her into quitting People*. It's not a particularly high and mighty position, actually -- she explains the role her brother's mental illness played in her decision -- and it raises some interesting questions about the role of the press in times of catastrophe. After all, Nomani was one of the last people to see Daniel Pearl alive** -- she knows when the press can be useful, too. What do you want to read -- and what feels sort of icky?

*And here's your obligatory Jezebel link.
**Seriously, check out the tags on this post. Who would of thunk it?