Is a suri cruise 6-year-old's temper tantrum news?

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A New York City tabloid has again stooped low by publishing invasive stories on Suri Cruise, the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

iMediaEthics has previously called out the Daily News for its speculative, source-less reporting in July on Suri crying.  In that case, the Daily News ran a front-page report claiming Suri was having a “puppy meltdown” because Katie Holmes wouldn’t get her a puppy.

The latest unnecessary and unfair report, the New York Post’s “Katie Holmes comforts Suri during tanturm,” left iMediaEthics wondering: This is news?

The Dec. 12 story, complete with close-up photos, reported on Suri Cruise crying. Not at any media event, by the way — Suri was pictured with her mother outside an “office building.”  Even worse, the Post seemingly criticized Suri for crying, writing she is “often photographed throwing a tantrum.”

She’s a child. How is this news or fair?

But the Post isn’t alone in its questionable coverage.  Perez Hilton’s site Perezito’s called Suri a “little monster angel” and included a separate photo of Suri crying.
Noting “Suri Cruise always gets photographed to death, and she’s clearly made her point… no more photographs please!!” Perezito’s is certainly missing the point.

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