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Media Must Remain Vigilant With Weiner

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 11:41 AM

By Jon Friedman

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I know, I know. The Anthony Weiner scandal is too good, too juicy, too impossible to resist. Everything about the politician is screaming for a quip or an insult, and the ninth-grader in all of us can't help but come out behind smirks and silly jokes.
But someone should remember, please, that this unbelievably immature and foolish man is running for mayor of New York, and the media should be the ones who keep their composure throughout this bizarre story.
Weiner is well within his right to continue his sorry run for mayor. By public appearances, his wife is sticking with him — lucky fellow.
His rationale is: Hey, if SHE still believes in me, after all that I've put her through, then why can't you voters jump on the train, too.
But of course, life isn't quite that simple for him and us. You see, I live in New York City. I, once upon a time, looked forward to seeing the dashing Anthony Weiner follow Michael Bloomberg into Gracie Mansion.
That was before all of the crazy stuff surfaced about him. 
As a citizen I felt betrayed (for the record, Eliot Spitzer had eased me into the process of feeling disillusioned by a politician). I couldn't vote for someone who was so reckless in his own life. How could I trust someone like this man Weiner with my vote?
The media should be vigilant first and puckish second. Again, I know, I know, how could the New York tabloids and the scandal-loving 24/7 news shows possibly hold back and not exploit Weiner's problems?
Well, I would hope that reporters and editors could remember that they have a responsibility to inform prospective voters about this man — beyond the crazy headlines, please.
Jon Friedman writes the Media Matrix blog for Indiewire.com. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution." Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.


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