In light of the breaking news surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner’s admission of having online extramarital relationships, the Women’s Media Center urges media to focus on productive stories that do not focus on outing lurid details of women involved in this issue, nor excessively focus on Rep. Weiner’s personal life. Stories of assault, adultery, and sexual misconduct from high profile male politicians such as Schwarzenegger and Strauss-Kahn have garnered much coverage in the past weeks, and the women involved have borne the brunt of media coverage on the wrondgoings of male leaders. As the latest news about Rep. Weiner surfaces, we urge media to cover this story in a fair and balanced fashion. Of more substance, media should be concerned about a cultural and political climate where some high powered male leaders use their positions of power to access women sexually, and encourage media to ditch harmful, irrelevant personal details.
What they said.
It’s a pretty disturbing time as far as news about powerful men is concerned. It’s hard not to get essentialist and say all men in positions of power take advantage of that using their crotch brain. Of course, Weiner’s probably the least good current example, and the one it seems we’re gonna read about the most, despite the fact that it’s not so relevant.
I like Paul Waldman’s idea at The Prospect: media should have to lead their reports on the Weiner story with “It’s important because…” If only. Sure would cut a lot of this chatter out so they could focus on what’s actually happening in government.