This probably bugs me a lot more than it should, but here’s how the Times reported the Weiner scandal online:
Buzzfeed, which did no original reporting, gets a link, but not the Dirty, which originally reported the story. That’s because the majestic Times cannot lower itself to create a hyperlink to a site that peddles that kind of filth. I wonder if the editors had to wear gloves when editing that paragraph to shield their delicate hands from the loathsome task. They were so scarred by the very thought of sending dick shots to an attractive younger woman that they wasted no time in creating this preachy editorial, which makes it sound like Weiner’s amateur hour, boring and completely non-penetrative sexting was some kind of deep breach of the public trust.
The point of journalism is to inform the reader. Laugh at the Daily News all you want, but after I read their story, which looks like it was edited by a carnival barker snorting Adderall, I at least know what Weiner did, in detail. This infographic is juvenile, funny and informative. If the Times’ editors would just remove the giant stick from their collective ass, maybe they could have a little fun with this story, as the News editors clearly did. Weiner is an idiot but he didn’t do anything illegal, his wife has forgiven him, and the question we ought to be asking is if he’s capable of being a working mayor or whether he’ll just be a show pony the way he was in the House.