Caryn James

Pie-Throwing and Political Theater: The Murdochs Testify in the NOTW Scandal (Video)

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  • July 19, 2011 7:01 AM
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What a difference a pie in the face makes. You’d have to go back to Bill Clinton’s live, televised deposition during the Lewinsky scandal to find television quite as gripping as the testimony of James and Rupert Murdoch’s before Parliament in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal – and that was before it turned crazy-slapstick with an attempt to toss a pie at Rupert, an act overshadowed by his wife Wendi’s flying leap at the attacker. (Actually the attacker threw a plate of foam, but it was a pie-in-the-face moment; watch the video below.)

Anthony Weiner, Reality TV and the Culture of No-Privacy

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  • June 16, 2011 7:29 AM
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When Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned on camera – flags to his right and left and pinned to his lapel, his wife still nowhere in sight – he became the ultimate example of how the reality-TV and web-driven assumption of no-privacy dominates the culture. Shows like Jersey Shore, all the Real Housewives, and Big Brother – with its night-vision cameras in the bedrooms – have created the expectation that any private moment deserves to be on screen. No matter that the producers of Real Housewives and other shows dream up scenarios to create maximum conflict; the more we see cameras supposedly chronicling “real life” the more normal it seems to jump in and share intimate scenes.

Anthony Weiner’s Press Conference and the Missing “Good Wife” Moment

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  • June 7, 2011 1:45 AM
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It may have been entirely personal, but it also signaled an important shift in political culture: when Rep. Anthony Weiner faced the television cameras to admit that he had tweeted those crotch shots and lied about it, his wife was nowhere in sight. And instead of taking her absence as a sign of no-confidence, I’m guessing that most people were thinking, “Good for her.”

Essay: “The Good Wife” Finale, Shriver-Schwarzenegger and Real Political Spouses

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  • May 17, 2011 8:01 AM
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The Good Wife heads into tonight’s season finale in the shadow of a real-life story that reveals how savvy about politics and marriage this drama has always been. As reporters began sniffing around for the reasons behind Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s recent split, Schwarzenegger admitted that he’d had a child with another woman 10 years ago, and that the woman, as the news reports so carefully put it, was “a member of the household staff” for ten years before and ten years after the child’s birth. What?!

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