Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Weiner's pickle and how journalism blew it

The Anthony Weiner controversy is a great example of the hypocrisy of political horse race junkies. They hold their noses up to view their interest as intellectually superior to estrogen-driven soap operas or 'white trash' hobbies like pro wrestling or Jerry Springer.

But ultimately, it's the same thing: the voyeuristic glee of watching others take a fall. Even more so than those other forms, this is quite literally navel gazing.

Yes, Weiner's a bald faced liar and should resign. But unless he's your Congressman, you shouldn't waste emotion on it.

It's a zillionth example of a national "scandal" that would be nothing more than a local story if we had a responsible journalistic profession.

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