Weapon of Mass Distraction

Anthony Weiner’s penis has dominated the news longer now than the death of Osama bin Laden in a media world more transfixed by texting antics of a horny Congressman than the demise of a mass murderer who changed the world.

When I was teaching journalism, that would have been unthinkable. In those benighted days, sex scandals lasted a few days and headline writers went back from sniggering to serious issues. Unsophisticated as we were, subjects like the national debt, Medicare and wars would have retaken the headlines. But not now.

“President Obama was trying hard to get his economic message out on Wednesday. But thanks to Anthony Weiner, he really had no chance,” reports a New York Times blog.

“Even as Mr. Obama was talking about his efforts to ‘rebuild the middle class,’ more graphic pictures of Mr. Weiner were popping up online. Cable news channels picked apart the scandal throughout the day, virtually ignoring Mr. Obama’s remarks…”

In an era when explicit sex is so available on TV and in movies, why this grade-school fascination with a subject that no longer has any mysteries for anyone on the planet past puberty?

It seems that, behind all of today’s pseudo-sophistication, is the same schoolyard entrancement that overcame me at an early age when a classmate enlightened a gaggle of us about “the facts of life.”

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

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  1. First, President Obama sent a clear message to the middle class when he appeared in El Paso to promote open borders and unlimited immigration. Of course the message was that the middle class needed to drop dead.

    However, if anyone wants to talk about mass distraction, one should start will the media obsessing with irrelevant public figures such as Donald Trump, Sarah Pain, and Newt Gingrich.

    Unless the media can demonstrate that any of the Republican candidates have any realistic chance of being nominated and beating President Obama, then the media should just ignore them and spend much more time reviewing government policy and governance.

  2. yeah, that’s right, superdestroyer. to their financial detriment, the media are focusing on all these topics that no one wants to see or hear about. it’s all their fault.

  3. DMF,

    No, the media likes to focus on Sarah Palin or Donald Trump because it is easier and more fun than focusing on the structural problems facing the U.S., the economy, or living conditions in the U.S.

    Everyone would turn the channel is the media was actually trying to report on real issues instead of fluff.

    The only difference is that a few progressives are upset that the media finds it more fun to report on a murder trial in Florida instead of the state of the economy, education, workplace, or living conditions in the U.S.

  4. “However, if anyone wants to talk about mass distraction, one should start will the media obsessing with irrelevant public figures such as Donald Trump, Sarah Pain, and Newt Gingrich.”

    It’s no secret why some rightwingers are tired of hearing about Trump, Palin, and Gingrich – just as they grew tired of hearing about Nixon and GWB. Who wouldn’t be anxious to forget such miserable champions? Remember, these people were all highly popular among republicans at one time or another and as such represent terribly failed judgement.

  5. Weapons of mass distraction: Trying to divert attention elsewhere from the Weiner scandal, especially if other Dem politicians are implicated by the ethics investigation.

    The stupid attempts to distract only make those doing it look bad.

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