It seems that almost every day that the media is reporting something outrageous and interesting about Teresa Giudice. On The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion show, Andy Cohen read a quote from The New York Post about Teresa Giudice’s debt, and Teresa responded, “Do we believe everything The New York Post writes?” Teresa does make a very interesting and valid point to ponder. She is right in some respects: Not everything that we read in the press is accurate. Oftentimes the media reports what it desires the public to know and what will become sensationalized.
For the past several months now, there has been controversy surrounding the Giudice’s financial situation. It was recently reported that the bankruptcy trustee handling the Giudice case, has accused the Giudices of bankruptcy fraud. There are also stories circulating on the web about Teresa Giudice’s nephew, which were fueled by her archenemy Danielle Staub and the reunion show discussion. Another report that blew up recently was that Teresa Giudice doesn’t get along with her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga and that she may be leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Information changes and it is sometimes difficult to decipher the facts from fiction. The list goes on of things reported about Teresa Giudice and The Real Housewives stars in general.
Teresa Giudice has responded many times to the published reports of the media. During Teresa’s appearance on the reunion show, she never gave any specific details regarding her debt. She told Andy Cohen and the viewers that some of the information written in The New York Post is incorrect. She also stated for the umpteenth time that her house is not in foreclosure. Teresa Giudice told InTouch magazine that she didn’t realize that her family was in so much debt, because her husband didn’t make her privy to all of his business dealings.
Teresa Giudice made a bewildering appearance on The View, surrounded by a panel who relentlessly pounded her with questions about her finances. Teresa could hardly get a word in edgewise, since the panel members bombarded her with their questions and talked over each other. She weakened her credibility by appearing on The View. The following is a short dialogue between guest co-host, Bryant Gumbel and Teresa Giudice about Joe’s real estate ventures. Teresa is making a failed attempt to explain how the housing market crash contributed to their debt and bankruptcy :
Bryant: “The absence of rent money doesn’t really explain, what is it? $11 million in debt?”
Teresa: “You can’t always believe everything you read. It’s not really $11 million. Like, they exaggerate…”
Bryant: “What is the number?”
Teresa: “I don’t really know the number. You would have to ask my lawyer.”
After watching this interview, I was thinking, Girlfriend, you knew that you were going to be on “The View”. Why didn’t you come prepared? Surely, you knew that you would be asked about the bankruptcy. Yet, you don’t know how much debt you are in. Teresa, you are lying or you are plain clueless.
On her Bravotv.com blog, Teresa Giudice debunks some of the rumors in the press.Tersesa wrote: “I know there are a million crazy stories in the press about me right now, but none of them are from me except the cover story I did with “In Touch” magazine. If you hear it directly from me, you can believe it. Otherwise, it’s garbage.” Teresa goes on to say that she loves her brother, Joe and his family. She also says that she doesn’t have an African-American nephew. She did acknowledge her nephew’s birth and would do so regardless of his race.
In closing, there is no easy answer to the original question posed. Sometimes the truth is not always clearly black and white. Both the media and individuals under public scrutiny will tell you only what they want you to know. Some media outlets have historically been biased (especially with politics) and have a reputation for taking situations and people’s words out of context. The individual(s) under the media microscope have a vested interest in protecting their privacy and will share only certain details of their lives. There is always two (or more) sides to every story, and only God knows what the absolute truth is. Many people don’t really care about what goes on with Teresa Giudice, and rightly so. For those who love entertainment and the concomitant celebrity gossip, the best you could hope for in learning “the truth” is to use God given common sense in sifting through the morass of messages and information.