Another politician used his bad judgement to get himself in a scandal he wishes he could forget. It was reported that Congressman Anthony Weiner sent indecent photo’s of himself to six women via Twitter, over the past few years. He first denied the claims, saying his Twitter account had been hacked, but he now admits to sending the inappropriate photo’s via Twitter. He finally came clean today, after a website announced they will post the photo’s. However, Weiner says he has no intention of resigning.
Today Sean Hannity interviewed Weiner, and he admitted to the scandal. Parts of his conversation have been released but the full interview will air on “Hannity” tomorrow night. New York Congressman Weiner, opened his statement saying “Last Friday night, I Twitted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted to Twitter I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story, to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake”.
While this is not the first politician to get caught in an embarrassing public scandal, it certainly will not be the last. Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards and many others don’t seem to help these men get the message. In the new world of the internet, Twitter, Facebook, and video phones, at some point you will get caught, especially if you are in the public eye.
Why is it that most political scandals involve a male in a ridiculous scandal of “bad behavior” associated with a women. They just keep on sinking their own ship which is amazing and incredibly stupid. Why have they not yet learned that they are in a public role and it will come back to bite them? Do they enjoy the excitement of not getting caught? Is the thrill so great it is worth the risk?
Can you imagine Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama getting caught with inappropriate photo’s or video’s floating around the internet? This would be an outrage and probably cause protests. Or think about “regular people”, we would be hung out to dry immediately, if our employer exposed us for inappropriate postings. Some employers even check your Facebook and other forms of internet communication prior to hiring. And he refuses to resign? Really?
Is this the new era of “Cyber Infidelity” or “Cyber Career Suicide”? Maybe public figures should read the book “How To Not Ruin My Career Via The Internet For Dummies”. Oh wait, that has not yet been written, maybe it should go to press immediately.