I Was A Media Darling - Natali Morris (2024)

I was once somewhat of a media darling and now find myself and my family to be a media target. As awful as this has been, it is fascinating to experience the shadow side of something that was once so bright in my life. In an effort to take the spiritual lesson out life’s circ*mstances, I ask myself:

Why was I supposed to experience both sides of thiscoin? What did I choose to learn from this on a soul level?

I was never Kardashian famous but I did have a decade of my life where I was shuttled around in chauffeured cars to TV sets, coiffed by makeup artists and hair stylists, given nice clothes to wear on TV (and keep!) and had that clothing carefully applied, taped, and nipple petaled by a wardrobe specialist. I worked on every American TV news network except Bloomberg and and Al Jazeera. I interviewed Vice President Joe Biden in the White House.

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I had fans who would reply sympathetically on Twitter whenever I was lonely and they swooned over how cute I was doing armpit farts in my blooper reels. I mean, can you blame them? I was saccharine.

I hardly recognize that girl now. If you told her then that the media would turn on her, she would never have believed it.

In the last year, my family has been stalked by major newspapers and my husband’s name used for headlines about someone else’s crime. We have submitted bank records, among other copious data, to show that we never had possession of the stolen money in this sad saga but the media doesn’t care. The person who did have that money does not have a famous name to bait for clicks so it is Clayton’s name they drag through the mud in their headlines, along with Fox News, because it’s fun to hate on Fox News, and my name too since I stand with him unequivocally. The media doesn’t bother to report on the several cases that have been dismissed or the fact that we have continued to fight this honorably, responding to all legal deadlines while living abroad.

My husband spent a lifetime building up genuine goodwill in his media career and to watch it used against him is agony. But his soul must have chosen this lesson too and I am lucky we have one another for support.

To the media, I am no longer Natali Del Conte, cleavage-y television reporter with Global Face. I am Natali Morris, wife of the accused, with headlines damning us as guilty until proven innocent.

It is unfair but I know from experience that the media isn’t fair. I’ve been unfair when I was a member of the media. I went on the air and piled on about early iPhones lacking cut-and-paste like everyone else when I can neither make an iPhone nor write the software to make it cut-and-paste. I spewed my opinion about things I had no business opining about and it advanced my career. In my mind, these were harmless jabs at massive companies who could not feel my bee stings. Of course that was not true. It created a karma for me that I am feeling in its reverberation. (Current members of the media beware this cautionary tale! Your words have consequences that you cannot imagine!)

Chinese philosophy teaches us that life is about duality, the yin and yang.

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I interpret this to mean that you cannot only have the upside of a life lesson. You have to also experience the dark side because forces that seem polar opposites are actually interrelated and necessary.

So when it comes to notariety, I was always supposed to experience the light and the dark in order to really learn the lesson. And here is what I have learned:

I deserve neither.

I know I don’t deserve the darkness but I never stopped to think that maybe I didn’t deserve the brighter side of the spotlight either.

It was never about deserve. It was always about observe.

Now I observe what I know to be true about my own energy in both light and dark.

I don’t need the media’s praise.

When I left my MSNBC show to have my last child, I realized that my ego no longer needed to be on television. That was a liberating discovery and in hindsight, an important baby step to what I would eventually have to endure. If I had not weaned off of hedonic praise, and still fed off the opinion of news producers, I would be in a deep personal crisis.

I see this for what it isanditisnotpersonal.

Sociologist Herbert Gans argued that the media serves an important function, both to inform and reflect the state of a society onto itself. The articles about my family speak to a divided nation that relishes a cheap hit on an easy target rather than an explanation of truth.

In this way, the media is like the Greek mythological Minotaur, half human, half monster, feeding on human flesh to survive. It is as good as it is bad. You can’t blame the Minotaur for what it is any more than I can blame the media for what it has become. My husband and I willingly stepped into the beast’s cage when we joined the news media in our 20s, never stopping to think that the beast would try to eat us too.In that way – I keep reminding myself – I should not be surprised.

So then what I can I do to learn from the darkness juxtaposed by the light?

I can keep producing content that I know is good and helpful and uses my talents as an information disseminator. I can stand in my truth that we never stole a penny from anyone. I can refuse to be intimidated by lawyers and journalists and online trolls. I don’t give stock to what they write about us but I observe it and I learn from it. I only wish I had known to do that when I was still that fresh little media darling, smiling for the camera like an inconsequential fool.

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What happened to Natali Morris? ›

The family moved from New Jersey to Portugal in 2019. Morris and her husband had initially relocated to Pennsylvania before leaving the country all together. According to Morris, they moved to the country on temporary visas to allow their children to attend schools overseas.

What nationality is Natali Morris? ›

Who is Clayton Morris' wife? ›

Financial journalism and real estate ventures

Morris and his wife Natali Morris co-authored a book, How to Pay Off Your Mortgage in 5 Years.

What is Natalie Morris' net worth? ›

Natali shares her story of going from news anchor to stay-at-home-mom to Chief Home Officer of her family, taking their net worth from negative $1 million to positive $5 million.

Where is Redacted filmed? ›

This film, which is a companion piece to an earlier film by De Palma, Casualties of War (1989), was shot in Jordan.

What happened to Clayton Morris? ›

Former Fox & Friends host Clayton Morris has left the United States and moved his family to Portugal while facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real-estate fraud.

Is Natalie Morris on Canada's Got Talent? ›

Oakville's Mark Clearview and Toronto's Natalie Morris have made it to the finale of 'Canada's Got Talent. ' The show airs its season 3 finale from the OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino Tuesday night with $1 million going to the winner. They came to Niagara Falls last October hoping for the best.

How many children does Clayton Morris have? ›

He and his wife have three children. His parents are Don Morris and Verna Morris.

Who owns redacted? ›

About. Based in California, US, Redacted, Inc. was founded in 2015 by co-founders Max Kelly, John Hering, and Joshua Motta.

Who is Amanda Clayton married to? ›

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