A Case Study In Media Management
No More Mister Nice Blog thinks Anthony Weiner is doing it all wrong:
The point is, [Weiner]'s trying to get people to back down by being as aggressive and self-righteous as he thinks a Republican would be in the same situation -- and no one's backing down. He's trying to rally the sympathies of non-wingnuts -- and (as you see from the TPM link above) it's not working all that well. (Also see this post from New York magazine, which generally leans left of center: it's titled "Anthony Weiner Is Not Doing Himself Any Favors.") [. . .] It's not working. Maybe it isn't working because a Democrat simply can't get away with this, but I'd say it isn't because he's misreading how Republicans and right-wingers win.
Not much interested in this story and I do not think I am alone. Sure Fox and the Right Wing Media won't let this go, but they wouldn't under any circumstances. The rest of the world is what interests Weiner. His "moving on" strategy may work there. It is way too early to judge his media strategy it seems to me. If a month from now this is big news, then it will have failed. If it isn't, then it will have succeeded. Judging Weiner's strategy at this point is silly. Nothing is going to happen in the next few days. More . .
An interesting contrast is the Jim Tressel situation. Tressel was blessed with a sympathetic Media and a sweater vest image. But there were many skeletons in his closet. He tried to brazen it out. But he had a major problem. The NCAA.
If the NCAA was prepared to whitewash the situation, then Tressel could have gotten away with it. The problem was Tressel lied. And then got caught. Once that happened it was over.
For Weiner, there is nothing good in the story so he wants it to go away. And I think it will. UNLESS, he has lied about something or he has something to hide that is discovered.
Weiner doesn't have a sweater vest image, but he also doesn't have an investigation ongoing against him.
Right now, I can't criticize Weiner's Media Strategy. Maybe in a month I will. But not now.
Speaking for me only
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