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Feeding frenzy over latest political sex scandal nothing more than a distraction

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Geoyce Chatman
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The partisan nature of political scandals in this country makes each outcry by Republicans for Congressman Anthony Weiner's resignation sound hollow and hypocritical. The same party impeached a President for sexual misconduct, yet ridiculed efforts to impeach a President from their own party who lied to get support for an unnecessary war. 
Whether the present situation warrants an ethical investigation is a matter for Congress to decide. Whether a Congressman should resign an elected office should be the decision of his constituents. 
Considering the economic problems facing the country, the latest debacle serves as nothing more than an annoying detraction deflecting attention from serious issues that need to be addressed by our governing bodies. Unfortunately, the media is driving the story, capitalizing on the public's unending lust for the lewd and sordid. Yet, coverage of President Obama's visits to factories and small businesses to promote job growth through training and education has been reduced to news clips. 
Sound bytes from Republicans demanding Weiner's resignation and his fellow Democrats denouncing him and distancing themselves from him morally and politically take precedence over most political talk in the twenty-four hour news cycle. 
 What else should be in the news? The economy? The war in Afghanistan? The e-coli outbreak in Europe? Alarming statistics about the number of minority children using cell phones and iPods excessively? All of these news items are getting short shrift now that there's a juicy sex scandal for the news media to chew on and on and on...
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