Who Cares If They’re a Criminal?!

Representative Anthony Weiner - retrieved from newyork.cbslocal.com

Today’s post looks at the present mess of a political figure:
Rep. Weiner Admits to Sending Lewd Twitter Photo, Acknowledges Other Explicit Conversations

 

Eliot Spitzer - retrieved from cbsnews.com

…and what the future for criminals can look like:
Elliot Spitzer Gets Primetime CNN Show.

It’s quite sad to see the way that criminals, and in this case criminals who happen to be politicians, can use their position as a get out of jail free card, spend a brief time out of the spotlight, and then become highly paid, and highly visible celebrities.

“Those guys aren’t criminals,” you say? Well let’s take a look:

Imagine if you were to send unsolicited naked pictures of yourself to a member of the opposite sex with whom you had no relationship, and the person you sent the pictures to knew who you were. What would happen if/when you reported that story to your local law-enforcement officials? Exactly. Jail-time or at least probation.

Now imagine you were caught in the act of soliciting the services of a prostitute.  The outcome? Exactly. Jail-time or at least probation.

What has happened to Eliot Spitzer? No jail time and a high-profile, highly-paid position at a major news network.

What will happen to Anthony Weiner? Likely, by the end of the week or certainly by the end of the month he will resign or be forced out of his position as a Congressional Representative. What will happen after that fall from political power? Likely a lifetime of TV and book deals worth millions of dollars.

Why are we in America so fascinated with common scum? Before you object and say, “Look we’re not the ones hiring these reprobates to be on TV or write books,” let’s get something straight: media companies who hire disgraced politicians or pay them to write a book are responding only to the demand for these individual’s stories and celebrity. If people would swear off of CNN for hiring an admitted solicitor of prostitutes, that would be the last time that CNN would ever commit such an injustice.

So the problem, dear reader, is not the media company that hires the criminal to work for them; but instead it’s we the consumer who bear the responsibility. This phenomenon of lucrative media contracts for those who commit crimes and atrocious acts of personal misconduct has become the theme of our society.

It’s always convenient to point the finger at the supermarket tabloid, the cable-news network, the book company, TMZ, etc. The problem is without our mouse-click, tune-in, or book purchase, people who commit crimes or act in repulsive ways wouldn’t have a voice and place in society.

The time used to be that people who committed crimes and acts of personal indiscretion were ashamed of their actions and never again saw the light of day and wouldn’t even consider attempting to have a public platform again. That time is gone.

Will we ever see a return to a time when immorality is punished and virtue rewarded? We can only hope.

–the civil commentator

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