Formula One Scandal Was Sex, Sex, and More Sex—Not Nazis

Sheiban ShakeriSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2008

A decision has been made today against the News of the World about the so-called Nazi orgy that Max Mosley was involved in back in February. The High Court in London ordered the News of the World to pay Mosley to the tune of about $120,000.

While I'm not a fan of Mosley, I have to applaud him on his bravery in order to go forth and pursue this issue.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the former Prime Minister of Canada, said in 1970 that "the state has no business in the bedrooms of our nation." I would like to extend that to the media as well.

I don't care how dirty a mind Max Mosley may have, he is 68 years old and is capable enough to make his own decisions. I don't care if they bound and gagged him, I don't care if he caught an STD, it is all rubbish for me. If it doesn't affect his decision-making processes when it comes to Formula 1, I don't care!

If he wants to hire five prostitutes and have his own fun, then fine, but please don't tell me about it. He didn't use any FIA money for his own "entertainment," so what he did is moot, according to me as a pseudo-citizen of the FIA, since I am a fan of motorsport.

Of course, tabloid journalism may have a grain of truth, but as we saw about the Nazi dungeon romp, it was an exaggerated story. Because the atmosphere was meant to be a German prison, it was believed to be in a Nazi theme. Couple that with his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, who was a prominent fascist way back in the 1930s, and you have a story.

Tabloid journalists really need to get their facts straight and not make associations because of one's past. Of course, they claim to be free in exposing these kinds of stories, and I don't doubt that, but there is clearly a lot of bias or misinformation that is seeping through the cracks here.

I don't know what the tabloids achieve, other than money, when they have an exclusive about a certain person who has power to do something simple and natural like sexual intercourse, even though the intercourse is quite kinky.