According to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Anthony Weiner case accounted for 17 percent of all news coverage last week. The Congressman’s uh, situation, easily beat out the second and third most-reported stories, the economy and Middle East unrest, respectively.
Despite the extended reports and Weiner acting as stupid as possible, his case failed to become the most covered political scandal since 2007:
The biggest political scandal of the last four and a half years was former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption case (28%)—also known as “Blago-gate”—in which he allegedly tried to sell President Barack Obama’s former senate seat. No 2 was former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s admission that he used prostitutes (23%), followed quickly by his resignation from that office. News of former Idaho Senator Larry Craig’s arrest for lewd behavior in an airport was the No. 3 scandal, at 18%. Craig ultimately pled guilty to lesser charges.
It’s not over yet, though. With the Congressman going to rehab and still refusing to resign, there’s the chance that he could become the most covered scandal. FishbowlNY has faith that Weiner will rise to the occasion.