American media, readership cast first stone: at sacrificial lamb Congressman Weiner.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 17, 2011
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Weiner Resigns: Video. Importance of Indie Media? Corporations turn news into entertainment.

63% of Americans claim they’re sick of news about Congressman Weiner’s online sexual photos, which culminated in his brave, sad, unnecessary resignation today.

“Today I am announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most importantly that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused,” he said.

My first instinct, as a publisher, is to doubt that stat: I’d say, more accurately, that 63% of Americans claim they’re sick of Weiner news. The media just feeds what gets ratings, right? It’s our fault, right? No: with independent media, like elephant (which ignored Weinergate except for one mention, a contemplative one), an increasingly rare species, corporate-owned media is a dog wagged by its own tail. News has become entertainment. Priorities are ratings, not quality.

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My opinion, for what little it’s worth: it’s a shame. He should have stuck it out. The American media, and public, is fickle, and would have moved one. Now his life is black-marked. He could have risen above this—he was popular, well-supported, named as a bright young rep with a future. His judgment and habits, obviously, need help. Serious help. But he harmed no one, that I know about. Now he’ll sit in depression and cease to do what he’s good at: service.


A few choice comments from Daily What:

Such a shame. One of the few democrats with a spine resigns over a personal matter that did not affect his ability to do his job.

Frankly, no seems to care about the government lies involving our finances or even apparently the undermining of much of our Bill of Rights that took place within the Bush administration. But a weird sex-like-scandal, THAT Americans perk up for.

If every politician who lied resigned we’d have no one in Washington, or any state capitol.

So politicians that break their marriage vows get booted, but politicians that approved torture are no problem whatsoever.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like some of our best leaders have been the guys who were sharing their wangs, and some of our worst have been the guys who kept their zippers up.
Hell, we have a guy who cheated on his wife while going after one president for adultery, and who divorced his wife by having her sign the papers while in a hospital bed, running for president, and Weiner can at least say he’s never crusaded against the behavior in which he engaged. Weiner should run for president, his running mate could be someone new, maybe an intellectual like Patrick Bahls or Elyn Saks.

So you think David Vitter should resign too, I assume?

Because of this lie, everything before it now a lie?
Have you ever lied before? Does that mean everything you did before that lie became a lie?


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “American media, readership cast first stone: at sacrificial lamb Congressman Weiner.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Belinda B. Barnes Oh come on — he's a perv and he should get out and get help. Geeze we are all sick of hearing about his creepy ways but that just means he should have got out at once. What grown adult married male sends pictures of his penis to someone? How the heck does he have so much time on his hands to even think of doing that anyway. Get to work buddy and stop playing with your thang!
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    Claire Aslangul… My favorite article.. 3 kinds of ignorance that lead to weinergate.
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    Jeff Smith WEINERING!!! Seriously, his degeneracy was apparent in his politics way before his inner true character was revealed for the sick piece of garbage that now passes as progressive Democrat. Sucks for you that even simple things like this are beyond your intellectual reach.
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    Diane D'Angelo The more important point is that corporate media is about entertainment rather than news, and it's led to the dumbing down of our country.
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    joe illingworth ‎@Jeff- I think if we counted sex scandals over the last five years, you'd find a lot more degenerates in congress with an 'R' next to their name than a 'D', so why don't you take your demonizing hate-speech elsewhere and leave the finger pointing to those who have never made a mistake?
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    joe illingworth ‎*(assuming of course that your politics allow you to recognize reality, which is unlikely)
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    Tom Frascone Party lines don't matter. Sex scandals are always a distraction from the big issues that actually affect the population.
    2 hours ago · LikeUnlike
    Ramesh Ramloll one day, article on naked yoga and now this … sort out the mess within first then everything else follow
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    Bill Ferrin
    Really? The way the media tried so hard to cover this up you should be reminded that you have no idea of the perversities of democratic congressman. Congressman Kennedy had to crash his car in order to be forced into rehab. Senator Kenne…dy killed somebody and got away with it. Robert Byrd ran the KKK but that was okay with democrats. Sen Feinstein has given her husbands company two billion dollar contracts. Maxine Waters, forced Treasury to give TARP money to her bank. Charlie Rangel was guility of various forms of income tax evasion and fraud. Barney Frank got his boyfriend hired at Fannie Mae and blocked any efforts at reform. Chris Dodd made it possible for Wall Street to be bailed out by the US Government, even though it was never voted on.See More
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    Bill Ferrin I dont know why Elephant strays into politics since it ends up supporting corruption. Its almost as if involvement in yoga is a reaction to conservative christians, as if they should feel bad about the popularity of yoga.
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    Sandi Strong
    Why do we care what he did as long as it wasn't illegal? – That is what we should be talking about. EVERYONE acts out at some point in their life. Who are you/we to judge the way someone does it? Millions of people all around the world are …right now doing what he did. Millions are doing far worse, and millions are doing other things judged as socially acceptable, yet they are all acting out behaviors. It would serve us to examine our own shadow, rather than the shadow of others. Bill, we aren't about yoga. We're about life. Life includes yoga, organics, sustainability, family, biking, sky, sun, surf…and corruption, and politics—which influences millions of lives on a daily basis. ~ Waylon Lewis

  2. Barbara Kitzis says:

    Tell you what, I think he is a pretty creepy guy… Just listening to him speak was a lot harder than what was in his undies.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    I hear you, and do agree (heartily). He needs to move past all that. I just don't think it's important to his service, which has been exemplary. ~ W.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Vic S
    Ahhh, the media. Where were these bastions of freedom during the Bush administration when arrogant criminals robbed our treasury of its trillions? Where were they when they merely took their word about weapons of mass destruction? Where wer…e they when they could have been reporting that 90% of all Iraq casualties were civilians? Where were they to honestly tell the American people that Sarah Palin isn't fit to be a page, much less vice president? Where is the press now to stop the racists on Fox from spewing their hateful rhetoric without opposition? Where is the media to stop Monsanto's genetic engineering that threatens the balance of life on earth? Where are they? Chasing wieners or weiners. The media? Here's who owns the media: