Why we won’t cover Weiner’s sexting

Anthony Weiner

I’m going to mount my high horse for a moment if you’re willing to indulge me. I’ll keep it brief because I definitely prefer being down in the trenches rather than prancing around like so many in American punditry.

Anthony Weiner is a creep. He’s an unfaithful husband, a failed politician, and an embarrassment to Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin. If I were on a deserted island the last couple of days, that would have been my assessment of the man. Today, nothing has changed. It’s just confirmation of what we already knew.

I know what you’re thinking. “But, now Huma’s finally leaving him. That’s news, right?”

It’s news. However, it’s not news that has an impact on Americans, the Presidential election cycle, or anything relevant to society. It’s gossip. Just because it involves a political figure doesn’t mean that it’s the type of news we will cover here.

I know what you’re thinking, again. “Aren’t you covering it by saying you aren’t going to cover it?”

Yes. This singular break from our methodology is being used as an example to highlight how we do things and to answer some of the questions we’ve received about why we’re not blowing this up all over the interwebs.

When deciding what stories to cover, we use three questions as our litmus tests:

  1. Does it affect Americans? We will cover foreign news if the actions overseas will have a direct affect on Americans or our allies.
  2. Is it timely or important from a political perspective? There are news and opinions that are new and there are other issues that may not be breaking today but that need continued discussions.
  3. Should patriotic conservatives be aware of the story? We often favor stories that have an impact without being the top story of the day. For example, we didn’t use the Colin Kaepernick story as a lede because it was already covered ad nauseam everywhere you turned. Instead, we posted about a journalist who was terminated for questioning Hillary’s health. It’s not something you’ll likely find on Fox News, but it was an action that conservatives need to understand.

Everything else is a distraction. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with distractions from time to time. I often find myself breaking away from work to check the latest OU football news or to watch trailers of upcoming movies. I’m not suggesting that anyone needs to be focused on politics and society 100% of their free waking moments. We’re just not going to contribute to those distractions on these pages.

As I write this article, Gene Wilder died. He’s an American entertainment icon and his death is newsworthy. However, it doesn’t affect Americans (other than the grief that many feel). It has no impact from a political perspective. It’s not a story that requires our assistance in making conservative patriots aware. We will not post it here. It’s interesting and on a personal note, I really loved some of his roles, but it doesn’t fit the site.

We’re all humans. We make decisions based upon our feelings and the information we have at the time. The editors and I are certain to make mistakes or go against the litmus test from time to time, but we strive to stay focused on the things that will contribute in moving America in the right direction. As shameful, interesting, and loosely political as the Anthony Weiner story is, we won’t be mentioning it unless something truly important comes from it.

Dismounting high horse. To demonstrate that we don’t take ourselves too seriously…

UPDATE: As if to take my argument a few notches higher, Chris Pandolfo over at Conservative Review expanded on the case against distractions to remind us that Huma isn’t the innocent victim dogooder that the media is now painting her to be. That’s a much better argument than I made! Consider me humbled.

JD Rucker

JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as Soshable, a Federalist Christian Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.

  1. Thank you. So sick and tired of voyer news coverage. This is not news, it’s just gossip. Thanks for taking the high road.

  2. Thank you. I’m tired of hearing about it. He obviously has a problem, and regardless of Huma’s actions, past or present, its a marriage that has failed, which is nothing to celebrate. Definitely do not care for those using it as an opportunity to atk clinton.

    Just illustrates yet another lack of substance to this presidential election cycle.

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