The reason talk and reality TV thrives is simple: drama. It is a known public peep hole into others' lives; their miseries, failures, and rock-bottoms. We can't put the remote control down.
Obama: "I can tell you that if it was me, I'd resign."
When I say "we", I mean ME. I love my Bravo reality shows. Notably The Real Housewives franchise, and I love my political happy hours with O'Reilly and Hannity. When a superstar celebrity goes off-the-rocker crazy (e.g. Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen) or top dog politicians act like high school boys with their pants down, I get sucked into the media frenzy. I help generate lots of money for cable TV. I won't lie. (Some of you will say you don't care, shameful to admit you partake in the sensationalism called "media".)
Until Weinergate happened. As someone who is mesmerized by politics and moderately involved (registered voter, party committee volunteer, party club member), I honestly had never heard of Anthony Weiner. I only had slight interest because the first Weiner story involved a teenage girl in Seattle... My city.
Also, my happy hour involves Fox News. I had no choice but to listen to the top story, Weinergate, or change the channel. I was changing the channel.
From what I could tell, he was a real dick head to his pregnant newlywed wife; a proven liar to his constituents; and aggressive and condescending to reporters asking the tough questions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ3wN_TNg2U
I knew immediately he was lying. Why? It's psychology 101: defensive, aggressive, and squirming a way around answering a yes or no question. What more do we need to know? Who cares other than his wife, unborn child, and his employers, the constituents of New York's 9th congressional district?
Should he stay or should he go?
That was the question my loving husband asked me early in the morning late last week, knowing I had only gotten 5 hours of sleep.
"He should resign", I said decisively.
My answer was a matter of opinion, which I have many. When my answer didn't measure up to my husband's opinion, that is when the debate began. (I will save you from reading paragraphs upon paragraphs of our discussion and debate to this....)
The bottom line is this: He has to answer to his constituents, his wife, and God. Who cares about what I think. I don't live in the 9th congressional district of NY. He doesn't represent me or my state. If his constituents ask him to resign, he should do so with grace.
And that my friends, was my winning answer in our debate. The end.