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Chan Lowe: Weiner, with a twist


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This morning I was mulling over cartoon ideas about the Weiner scandal⎯for example, Dominique Strauss-Kahn commenting with Gallic haughtiness on how we amateurish Americans can’t even figure out how to have a decent sex scandal that includes real sex. Then I realized that this material should be left to the late-night comics. Besides, I’d already stepped in that puddle earlier in the week.

Maybe it was time to say something meaningful, to put a spin on the sordid affair that made readers think a little about their priorities. Actually, this is as much about the media’s priorities. There is the entertaining side of the media, characterized by the New York tabloids. This news is fun to read, and you have to admit that the double-entendre headlines about Rep. Weiner are a daily guilty pleasure.


Then there is the other side of the media, composed of wonks who slog away in the trenches, who use their professional expertise to analyze government programs and their effects, who dissect policies and trends and put up those dreary charts and graphs. They do stories about bond issues and school board overpayments. It’s the stuff we should know about in order to be good citizens. Unfortunately, it doesn’t move product. The tabloid popcorn does.

So you might say that both types of journalism are necessary in order to maintain an informed electorate, and therefore a thriving democracy. We just have to remember⎯media and consumers alike⎯to keep it all in proper balance.

Good luck with that.

Categories: General Topics (188), Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (52)
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Comments

Chan- Good cartoon & comment...as always....
I see you've entered "The Twilight Weiner Zone" again...
Yes- We all relish juicy stories in the media & try to catsup with the latest scandal....Just roll with it...
I'm pretty sure this story is done...Someone else will step in a pile of mustard, & slip into the news...



As usual , Mr. Lowe misses the point , we LOVE our soldiers and are very grateful for their service , Weiner on the other hand is long on loud and rude and short on facts and substance. He is not a stand up guy . Where is MRS Wasserman - Shultz on this issue hiding in her office ????


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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