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is it wrong to take some pleasure in this?

“Jon & Kate Being Investigated for Child Labor Complaint”:

Jon and Kate Gosselin are going through a difficult time in their marriage – and now they may have even more trouble to deal with.

The Pennsylvania labor department is investigating whether the hit TLC show Jon and Kate Plus 8 is complying with the state’s child labor laws, a spokesman tells PEOPLE.

“I can confirm that our bureau of labor law compliance is conducting an investigation as they do whenever they receive a charge,” said Christopher Manlove, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Not that I wish for any children to be harmed, of course. I do wish for people who exploit children — especially, most heinously, their own children — to be called to task on it.

But them almost simultaneously, I found this:

“Octuplet mom lands reality deal”:

The Southern California woman who gave birth to the world’s longest-surviving set of octuplets has signed a deal to star in a reality television series, her lawyer said Sunday.

Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to the six boys and two girls in January and also has six other children, agreed to be filmed for a proposed television show by 3Ball Prods., attorney Jeff Czech said.


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