New Jersey reporters should withhold the temptation to boost page views or ratings at the expense of a woman who was the victim of sexual assault. Don’t show up at her house and start ringing her doorbell. Don’t start randomly calling her family and friends. Don’t harass her.
Katie Brennan, a volunteer on Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2017 campaign and now a Murphy administration official, has accused another Murphy aide, Albert Alvarez, of raping her a month before the gubernatorial election.
Brennan went on the record with her allegations in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, and then issued her own statement.
This will undoubtedly create a feeding frenzy in the media, especially among those seeking to play catch-up to the Wall Street Journal, POLITICO New Jersey, and NJ.com, who have already broken news about issues regarding Alvarez.
Brennan is receiving help from a public relations professional who works with victims of high-profile sexual assaults. Journalists have the option of acting in a sympathetic and dignified manner and direct their questions to the person who is speaking on Brennan’s behalf.