SCANDAL. The mere word sends tabloids, news teams, media personalities, and TV talk show hosts in a frenzy to quench the thirst for information in front of millions of spectators. But is there more to a scandal than choosing not to avert our eyes from the car crash? Join us as we journey through a case study of former governor Anthony Weiner's cybersex scandals and the responses from all corners of the media. There may be more to it than what meets the eye (of the camera).
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May, 2013. Former congressman Anthony Weiner announces that he will be running as a Democratic candidate for the New York mayoral election. Having barely recovered from his sexting escapades that ultimately removed him from office, Weiner captures the attention of media voices everywhere. The big question on everyone's mind that summer was simple: Could Anthony Weiner emerge from the disaster of 2011 and present himself as a formidable candidate? The simple response came September 2013, when Weiner dropped out of the race with even more photos on the Internet and nothing left to lose: no.
The media storm exploded with coverage and opinions abound. What was left for this creep of a liberal politician? Why was his wife, Huma Abedin, still with him? Why would he dare pull another stint like this? The shamed politician's surname didn't help as he was criticized and ridiculed on Twitter, daytime talk shows, and late night comedy programs. But there is something that can be said about our modern society when a talk show host says that she would respect his actions "if he wasn't married" or when South Park turns the commonwealth into an ignorant mass that can't possibly understand while a male celebrity would ever cheat on his wife. This case study on Anthony Weiner demonstrates the ever-changing landscape of social norms and networking sites that allow us to give commentary on what we truly believe.