Keeping with the tune/tone and riddim, one then must ask… who decides what is in the public interest and what is not? Especially for something that is used worldwide…

I do think that in public interest and of public interest are all too often blurred, though.

As for reporters, it depends on the reporter and the subject matter. Many of them get their story by any means necessary — if that means they have to… bend… the law (or outright break it) a bit to do it, then they might if they feel the story is important enough or going to bring them enough recognition. They might even pay someone else to do the dirty work, but they are still complicit. They don't call 'em newshounds for nothing.