Los Angeles Times
Date: 2012-01-27
Author: Michael Kinsley

Article Mentions
Author, Michael Kinsley
Mentioned, Monica Lewinsky
Mentioned, Anthony Weiner
Mentioned, Newt Gingrich
Mentioned, Ted Kennedy
Mentioned, George W. Bush
Mentioned, Gary Hart
Mentioned, Another Magazine
Mentioned, TED
Mentioned, Twitter
Many years ago, when Sen. Ted Kennedy was challenging President Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination, I quit my job at a national magazine in protest of the owner's refusal to publish an article I had edited about the senator's extramarital activities. At that time, there was a general consensus among Washington journalists that one didn't do that sort of thing. ("That sort of thing" being reporting on politicians' extramarital affairs. Having the affairs was OK.) The article, which was eventually published in another magazine, didn't discuss any actual affairs or name any names. It was an essay argument that this kind of behavior was relevant to the citizens' job of assessing the candidates, and that messing around by a marrie...(read more)
... Many years ago, when Sen. Ted Kennedy was challenging President Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination, I quit my job at a national magazine in protest of the owner's refusal to publish an article I had edited about the senator's extramari ...
... of course; any number of obscure congressmen hustled quickly off-stage by their party leadership; Sen. Larry Craig (he of the "wide stance" at the Minneapolis airport), and rococo variations like Rep. Anthony Weiner, ...
... the Twitter flasher. So what's the standard today? And what should it be? The Internet virtually guarantees that any gamey information about a politician will probably come out. It has accelerated the so-called race to the bottom: Even if a news ou ...


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