Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Modern-day Muckrackers Boil Weiner

The term muckraker refers to reform-minded journalists who wrote largely for popular magazines, continued a tradition of investigative journalism reporting, and emerged in the United States after 1900 and continued to be influential until World War I, when through a combination of advertising boycotts, dirty tricks and patriotism, the movement, associated with the Progressive Era in the United States, came to an end.
The following is via Muck Rack! (Illustration by me!)

David Chen at the New York Times wrote that Allegations Surface of Explicit Exchanges by Weiner After His Resignation. Alice Hines with the Huffington Post tweeted: “‘The propensity for pornographic selfies is a valid issue for voters.’ Um, yes.”

From the New Republic, Alec MacGillis looks at Anthony Weiner's New York Times Magazine profile, in hindsight. Molly Redden there said, “The new Weiner sexts, side-by-side with excerpts from that 8,000-word @NYTimes profile of him.” Stephen Foley at the Financial Times wrote, “Weiner made the NYT look silly and tonight the NYT takes its revenge.” Freelancer John McQuaid had another thought: “Perhaps the NYT should just take a breather from topics relating to sex.”
But back to that revenge bit, don’t expect the New York Times to endorse Anthony Weiner anytime soon. This morning, the paper wrote that the mayoral candidate has already disqualified himself. Julie Mason at the Washington Examiner wrote, “Clutching their pearls and declaiming in a Monty Python voice, the NYT on Weiner.”
Over at BuzzFeed, Andrew Kaczynski and Ellie Hall found The Woman Linked To Anthony Weiner In Sex Chats. Michael Rusch there added, “Source: Anthony Weiner allegedly told Leathers that he would “move her to either Chicago or New York.”
The New Yorker also tackled the topic with Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin Talk About His Sex Messages by Amy Davidson. Clara Jeffery at Mother Jones called the piece, “Excellent, as always.” Liz Rappaport at the Wall Street Journal wondered: "Do we have to listen?" Freelancer Carmel Melouney tweeted this quote from the story: “‘Maybe all politicians lie; maybe many husbands do. But, as voters, do we have to listen?’ @tnyCloseRead is spot on.”
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