Journos Have Forever Interviewed Morally Deranged Subjects. Social Media Mobs Have Made that Practice Suddenly Taboo.

Do journalists have a role to play in investigating and sometimes asking questions of morally deranged characters?

That question is at the heart of a controversy this month over Tamron Hall’s Feb. 16 interview with a self-confessed sexual predator, Joey Gugliemelli, who rose to fame as drag queen Sherry Pie on reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. To date, 12 people have accused Gugliemelli of posing as a casting director and demanding that they provide him with pornographic “audition” tapes to appear in a fake TV show and play.

It’s fair to point out that whatever one thinks of the debate, the kilowatts dedicated to running cameras for Gugliemelli’s interview might have been better spent in Texas, where residents have died of
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