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Jeb Bush's Daughter Was Arrested for Prescription Fraud. Public Information—or Gossip-Mill Grist?

image WARREN JOHNSON
Age34
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationDesigner

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business?No, and it's incredible that he thinks that. People should be prosecuted fairly and equally. Chelsea Clinton was obviously groomed better than the Bush girls. The obsession with Clinton killed me. Nobody in the media or the government went after Bush Sr. for his mistress.

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11?I think we're bored with gossip. It's lost its lure. We read it because the media puts it out there. If, on Page Six, there were a couple of paragraphs devoted to serious things, people might actually use the information to inform themselves. It took me a long time to pay attention to the things on the first three pages of the paper.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private?I've been psych-tested for a job. I found it bizarre that I was being given a psychiatric evaluation for a managerial job. There are limits to what I can condone.


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CHRISTINE NIEVES
Age26
ResidesManhattan
OccupationCashier

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business?No. In fact I think it isour business, because she sets an example for the next generation of Americans.

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11?No. It's not as though the attack on the World Trade Center was this thing that forever changed peoples' natures. Look at all the frauds that have been committed since September 11. People selling rocks and pieces of metal from the site, people pretending to be victims' relatives and applying illegally for money. Flags and gas masks doubling in price overnight. It's a business.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private?Yes, and I don't really consider it an invasion of my privacy. If you're an employer, you want to know if someone who works for you is an alcoholic and therefore not on top of things. Should you be allowed to work as a baggage screener at the airport if you have a criminal record? No. Should they do background checks? Yes.


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JACKIE
Age33
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationAdministrator

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business?Personally, I think that as a politician, he needs to take control of the situation. Having a daughter who calls in illegal drug prescriptions is a no-no. I'm sure he wants to keep it out of the news, but the media should know. In the same way, the vice president should release his Enron information. In the long run, it's unfair to the rest of us. Who suffers? The poor people, of course. The overall message should be "You can't do this—and we're going to catch you if you do."

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11?I don't know. We're all trying to return to normal, but it's very hard. I don't know what normal is. Every time I come across the Williamsburg Bridge and see the towers are gone, it's devastating.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private?I can understand complete background checks for people who work in the medical profession, or who work with children in day care, or who screen baggage at the airport, but not every job requires that close a look. I once worked for Blockbuster, and they took hairs from the heads of employees and tested them.


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SETH PERLMAN
Age26
ResidesManhattan
OccupationWeb developer

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business?His complaints aren't legitimate. He's a public official. He was elected by the public. I do think there's a limit to what the media should have access to, although choosing to make a newsworthy item non-newsworthy just because there's a famous person involved would be bullshit. Bush's daughter should be dealt with as though she were any other person. In exactly the same way I would be treated if I were caught impersonating a doctor and calling in a prescription.

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11?With all the events of last year, I do think the public is less concerned about gossip now. There's been so much talk of how we've changed since September 11, but I think that certain people were going to change anyway, regardless of what happened on that day.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private?No. Drug testing has been a bone of contention in some places I've worked. I myself have never been tested.


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JASON CONSOLI
Age30
ResidesManhattan
OccupationPublicist

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business?His daughter should face the same penalties as would the child of someone not in the public eye. It would be nobody's business if I called in a fake prescription. I don't think she should get off, but I also don't think it should be a big media concern. It says more about the media than about our interest in the event.

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