Comments on: The real Twitter tragedy about Weiner Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Butch_from_PA Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:23:41 +0000 Good article.
Cameras, social media, internet, instant access. All those put politicians under more scrutiny – which is a good thing. Their true nature comes out faster this way.

I wish we had as much scrutiny by intended destabalizers to go after the corruption (deal making) as well as the creepy side of politics.

Maybe we can eventually flush down all the turds deciding our future and keep the good ones at the helm.

By: jacksonone Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:04:24 +0000 Agreeing but expanding on tmc’s comment. Surely Rep Pelosi’s capsulization was both restrained and compassionate One commends her.
Much of the pain of tragedy comes from sorrow over what might have been. We all perforce move on to what we become, hopefully wiser. We hardly can know what might have been for a tragic perpetrator. It is as true now as ever that the tongue is sadly faster than the brain. The twitter-finger is faster still, but correctly is no media-monster. A monstrous problem, however, may well be the vast number of persons, public and private who seemingly have not enough to do! Twittering or face-booking, despite sometime utility, observably and overwhelmingly demonstrate the inanity of non-thinking. One asserts that a polity dominated by non-thinkers, in high or low places, is unlikely to last. The US constitution is suited to a free and thoughtful people, not to “angry birds” or puffed-up pigeons.

By: towncrier59 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:02:52 +0000 Oh ye sanctimonious masses! I’ve been a non-practicing Christian for over 30 years. So, forgive my lack of sincerity on this quote: “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” The man screwed up. Let him be! Agreed, he’s contrite because he got caught. But, don’t y’all have anything better to do than publicly castigate him? He lost his career, and will be lucky to have a marriage after all is said and done. Also, I’m not a Luddite, but social networking bores me to absolute tears! Are those of you who get into this as fascinated by the quality of your communication, as you obviously are by the mode of said communication? Do any of you place any value on the sanctity of personal space? Thanks for letting me share. Peace.

By: charlie651 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:37:12 +0000 I would rate Representative Weiner’s tweeting scandal as miniscule compared to some of the really great ones we have had over the years.

• President J.F. Kennedy and his prowess with actresses.
• President Clinton and his escapades with a House Intern (including his impeachment trial over the affair). President Clinton was a good example of how politicians play on words. He said “I never had sex with ‘that’ woman.” The implication was she had sex with him and it was wholly a one sided affair. Additionally, he said (referring to the affair) “It all depends on what your definition of “is” is!
• Senator John Edwards and his mistress on the side (while he was running for President of the United States of America).
• Sen. David Vitter was caught in the middle of a call girl scandal.
• Sen. John Ensign (R-Nevada) admitted to an extramarital affair (2009) a year after the fact and the affair was a campaign aide and when he was a member of Promise Keepers (a men’s Christian ministry group).
• Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in a Minneapolis airport men’s room (11 June 2007- police undercover vice operation) for soliciting sex (Senate ethics committee later [14 Feb 2008] determined Senator Graig’s actions constituted “improper conduct which has reflected discreditably on the Senate”).
• Rep. Mark Foley (R- Florida) sent sexually explicit emails to male pages working on Capital Hill (he quit of this revelation).
• Rep. Eric Massa (D-New York) was accused of “groping” some of his male staffers and eventually resigned from office because of the allegations. He had evidently engaged in “groping” of staffer for a year before it became public knowledge.
• Elliot Spitzer (former governor of New York) and his calling a “lady of the night” to meet him in Washington D.C. for a “secret” night of close encounters.
• Mark Safford (former governor of South Caroline) and his trips to South American to meet with his dream girl (Argentine woman).
• Arnold Schwarzenegger (former 2-term Governor of California) and his fathering a child out of wedlock (before he became governor) and keeping it a secret for over a decade.

There were also cheaters of another kind, famous tax evaders.
• Timothy Geithner (present U.S. Treasury Secretary).
• Charlie Wrangle (present U.S. Representative).

By: tmc Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:24:46 +0000 I think the real tragedy is that the media is a willing and very able partner with the politicians to destroy anyone that makes an attempt to be heard. This causes real people that can actually help our countries people to stay far away. Only politicains and glory seeking radicals will step into the spotlight.