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Linda Martelossi Case Study for Advanced Social Media Course

Linda Martelossi Case Study for Advanced Social Media Course

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  1. Linda Martelossi – Business caseAdvance Social Media Class – NYU - SCPSAnthony Weiner sexting scandalThe first big social media political sex scandalPolitician Anthony Weiner Sexting scandal, also known as Weinergate, took placein the spring of 2011. In May 2011, the Democratic US Congressman sent a link,through his Twitter account, of a sexually suggestive picture to a college studentwoman in Seattle. Weiner denied for days to have done such a thing and heblamed on someone else to have cracked his account and posted a pic for him.After days he finally admitted to have sent the link of the pic and also othersexually explicit photos and messages to women before and during his marriage.On June 16, 2011 Anthony Weiner announced his intention to resign fromCongress.Initial media reports and Weiners denialOn May 27, 2011 during Memorial Day weekend, Anthony Weiner posts apicture, through his Twitter account, of his erect penis concealed by boxer briefsto Gennette Cordova, a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. Even thougheverything was quickly removed a Twitter user known as “Dan Wolf” took ascreenshot of the post and the picture and sent them to conservative bloggerAndrew Breitbart who published them on Bigjournalism website the followingday.On May 29 a Weiner spokesman declares that the photograph sent fromWeiners Twitter account was just "a distraction" perpetrated by a hacker.In the early days of June Weiner cancels a few public appearences like theDemocratic Party Convention in Milwaukee and the Israel Day Parade.On June 1, Congressman Weiner gave a series of interviews claiming hisinnocence and stating that his Twitter account had hacked and someone elsepublish the photo for him.His statements began to become convoluted because he said that he could notsay with certitude that the photo was not him and he added: “maybe it did startbeing a photo of mine and now looks something different or maybe it is fromanother account”. Up to this point of the scandal he did no task the authorities toinvestigate the incident but claimed toh ave hired a private security firm to lookinto this matter because he thought it was more of a prank than a crime.Admission 1
  2. On Monday 6 the scandals escalates as BigGovernment.com publishes morepictures of a shirtless Weiner which were sent from an unknown woman whoclaims to have had an e-mail Exchange with the congressman.On the same day, a tearful Weiner makes a public apology and admits to havesent personally the photo to the Seattle student college girl through Twitter andadmits that he lied purposely to protect himself."This was me doing a dumbthing, and doing it repeatedly, and lying about it," says Weiner.Weiner also admits he had engaged in inappropriate contact with six womenover the course of three years through social networking sites like Twitter andFacebook and occasionally over the phone. He says he had never met or had aphysical relationship with any of the women and was not even sure of their ages.Anthony Weiner insists he did nothing wrong and start apologizing to hisDemocratics colleagues and says he has no intention to resign.On June 7, News breaks that Weiners wife of less than a year, Huma Abedin, anaide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is pregnant.On June 10, Weiner acknowledges he had exchanged some messages with a 17year-old girl from Delaware and the Democrats invite him to leave the congress.Weiner asks for a temporary leave of 2 weeks from congress and the housegrants that for himOn June 16, an announcement is made that Weiner will step out of the congress.Political and constituent reactionOn June 6, 2011, Nancy Pelosi (Democrat) called for an investigation bythe House Ethics Committee to determine whether any violation of House rulesoccurred. Also a number of Democratic and Republican congressmen called forWeiners resignation.A major number od Democrats called him to reseign on June 8.On June 11 after pressure from a large number or congressmen to reseignWeiner requested and was granted a short leave of absence from the House forobtaining professional treatments o fan unspecified nature.Many surveys have been done between June 6 and June 9 and New Yorkers werealmost evenly divided on wether Weiner should remain or leave the House butthe majority of these people recognize that Weiner acted unhetically but notillegally.On June 13, White House spokesman Jay Carney said "The president feels... this isa distraction, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior wasinappropriate; dishonesty was inappropriate." President Obama said in aninterview later that day that if he were Weiner, he would resign.ResignationOn June 16, 2011, Weiner announced he would resign his seat in Congress.On June 20, Weiner formally submitted his letter of resignation from the U.S.House of Representatives, effective at midnight on June 21. 2
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