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

WARREN JOHNSON
Age 34
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Designer

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.


CHRISTINE NIEVES
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Cashier

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business? No. In fact I think it is our 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.


JACKIE
Age 33
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Administrator

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.


SETH PERLMAN
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Web 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.


JASON CONSOLI
Age 30
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Publicist

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.

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11? I think we're back to the same bullshit. I don't think it means the American public has lost interest in the war, or that they don't care whether we capture Osama bin Laden or not. They do care, regardless of what the government thinks.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private? No, not yet. If my work wants to drug-test me, I don't care. I don't do drugs. If a cop wants to search me and I have nothing to hide, I don't have a problem with it. If, for instance, I had a record as a drug addict, I wouldn't want it to appear in the paper.


SANJAY MIHALANI
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student
Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business? No. It's everyone's business.

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11? I don't think so. Americans are always searching for stories. Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. The guy who was meant to be at the World Trade Center but missed being there because he was with his mistress. They bring the two people involved together on a talk show and get them to tell their stories. It's very American.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private? No, not yet.


ISABELLA HE
Age 21
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Student

Is Governor Bush right when he says his daughter's arrest isn't our business? I really don't know, but I do know that she has a serious problem. If I were Jeb Bush, I would want to spend some time with my daughter. He's obviously too busy. He may be concerned about his reputation, but he what he really should be is concerned about the health of his child.

Have Americans become less interested in celebrity gossip since 9-11? Personally, I don't care about any of it. I don't know what other people think.

Were you ever asked to reveal information you might rather keep private? No. But if my employers asked me for private information, I wouldn't have a problem giving it to them.

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