Jewish World Review June 20, 2011 / 18 Sivan, 5771
Sarah Palin and Weiner's Weiner
By Bernard Goldberg
Palin holds no office. As of today, she's not running for anything. Yet the so-called mainstream media need to know every last detail about her recently released emails. Some newspapers even sent reporters to Juneau to sift through the emails so they could beat the competition. Some asked the public for help going through her emails.
Why such interest in a former governor who almost certainly will not run for President anytime soon?
I think it's because Sarah Palin is box office. I don't think it's anymore complicated than that. She sells newspapers and gets ratings.
But here's what makes the lamestreams look so pathetic:
They detest Sarah Palin. They have trashed her and her family, much of the time unfairly. They don't respect her. They think she's a dope. Yet they have no problem using her fame to make money.
These supposedly respectable journalists are no better than that low-life Levi Johnston, Bristol's Palin's ex-fiance, who used his connection to the Palins to tell stories and make a few bucks.
Now on to Congressman Weiner.
His story was real news, at least for a while. He was, after all, a leading voice for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. He was on television a lot talking about important national issues. He pushed the president from the left. There was a chance he might run for mayor of America's biggest city, New York. So he was legitimate news. What he did told us something important about his honesty and his judgment.
But let's not be naive. The media is interested in Anthony Weiner for the same reason they're interested in Sarah Palin. He's also box office. Sex scandals sell, even when there's no actual sex involved. The media tut-tut about everything he did. But if they can cash in, they figure, why not.
But enough is enough. Yes, he's still news as long as important members of his party are calling for his resignation. But I've had enough of the creepy pictures. If he resigns, the media should cover it, then move on.
And wouldn't it be nice if journalists moved on to something really important like, say, the national debt crisis? Wouldn't it be nice if they showed the same interest in that story as they have in Mr. Weiner's weiner?
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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.
© 2011, Bernard Goldberg