Yes and no. if it’s a person whom the media likes, they pretty much ignore his/her background blemishes. .If it’s a person the media dislikes, today they simply lie. Used to be that they did half-truth and innuendo. .I thought Belfry was supposed to be based on Teddy Kennedy? For at least 10 years before Teddy died, he could “do no wrong” and thus the media wouldn’t be interested in “digging up dirt.” One wonders if most papers would even bring up Chappaquidick if it happened today. Now, when he was young and the media was more honest than now, they reported the good and the bad stuff about him.