For many people, living a life in the public eye is a dream. To the average person, fame is associated with popularity, adoration, wealth, and most importantly, relevance. If someone famous is seen out in public, dozens of fans rush to their side, begging for a picture or an autograph. But with all of this attention, these public figures lack privacy and normality. They cannot walk into a coffee shop without being bothered and their every move in person or online is tracked by millions of people. Life in the spotlight comes with pros and cons. People may be surprised how much work it is to handle that much attention 24/7.
Andrew Napolitano became a part of the Fox News family back in 1998. Before he made his debut on television, he was the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University in 1972 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. While serving as a judge, he tried over 150 jury trials and handled thousands of hearings, motions, divorces and sentencings. After sitting on the bench for eight years, he decided in 1995 to begin his career in television broadcasting.
Napolitano is currently the senior judicial analyst for the Fox News Channel. He offers legal insight for both FNC and the Fox Business Network. In addition to discussing the legal issues our country faces on television, he is also the author of nine books about law and government. According to the Fox News website, some of his work include “Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws”; The New York Times Best Seller, “The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land”; “A Nation of Sheep”; “Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America”; and “Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History,” also a New York Times Best Seller. His most recent book is titled: “Suicide Pact: The radical expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty.” Some of his work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.
Andrew Napolitano is passionate about sharing his wisdom with the American people and he lectures nationally about the Constitution and human freedoms, making him a familiar face to many people. Napolitano is grateful that he has a platform that allows him to share his thoughts to such a large audience. He knows that by being an advocate for civil liberties and continuously speaking his mind on government issues, he is making a legacy for himself. On the other hand, however, the media can play a role in twisting Napolitano’s words in order to make them sound negative and unappealing. This is a con that many public figures face, the constant battle with the media. Even though Napolitano himself is part of the media, he is nowhere near safe from it. The media is known to publicize stories to get popularity, even if the story is not 100% accurate. Because of this, Napolitano believes that life in the spotlight is both a blessing and a curse.
Although millions of people wish to be famous, remember that fame is just as much of a job as anything else. Sure it has many perks, but people cannot escape the public eye once they are thrown into it. They have to constantly watch what they say or how they act before a story breaks all over social media. This article is aimed to help people recognize that life in the spotlight is tough, and only people who are up for the challenge can live through it.