The Media Dominance of Anthony WeinerPosted: September 21, 2011
Only in this day and age would a tweet-happy Rep. from New York get more press coverage than the President of the United States.
“Last week 17% of all news coverage was dedicated to Anthony Weiner,” the Project for Excellence in Journalism reports. Thats in comparison to the US economy and conflict in the Middle East, which both earned a paltry 11% each.
Let’s face it–America is a scandal crazed nation. We love to see public figures show themselves for what they really are. OJ Simpson, Anthony Weiner, Rupert Murdoch…it doesn’t matter. For better or for worse, if it turns out you have some skeletons in your closet, (especially if you “accidentally” post these skeletons on Twitter) your going to get grilled.
“This is not a media climate where proportionality is king. And that’s not likely to change anytime soon, no matter how much we deplore it,” the American Journalism Review says.
Now I’m sure there’s some sort of psychology behind why public figures continue to embarrass themselves via the internet, but that’s not what concerns me.
What concerns me is the fact that someone who is foolish enough to post a nude picture of himself online, is in a position that holds some importance in our country. If he can’t figure out how Twitter works, (and I realize it sounds crass), then how in the world is he even relevant at this point?