It's often interesting to see how foreign news outlets cover the stories the American media find so important.
For instance, consider this example from Russia Today, the English-language news outlet, and how its journalists covered New York congressman Anthony Weiner's resignation today.
Under the title, "Headline-grabbing gossip replaces news in US," Russia Today led their coverage of Weinergate, as we call it in the states, with this sentence:
"A Senator tweeting a woman with a racy photo has overshadowed world news in the US, with some media putting the story ahead of the war in Libya and raging violence in Syria. It seems selecting scandal over news is becoming a US media trend."
Later in the story, Russia Today reported:
"It seemed Anthony Weiner’s indiscretion overshadowed all other news in America, to the point when even comedians for whom the Congressman’s crotch shot has become a bottomless source of inspiration, point out how distracted American news media can be."
The Russia Today story got at least one thing wrong: It said police had closed their investigation into Weiner, when, to the best of my knowledge, no investigation -- other than an interview with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware -- has even been said to exist.
That said, I think Russia Today raises a good point: We have a war that very well could be illegal being waged in Libya. We have more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The economy is still struggling to recover and we have high unemployment. And all we care about is some congressman sexting on Twitter.
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