12 June 2011 7:37 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Why is Anthony Weiner getting destroyed for sins that other politicians have skated past? Howard Kurtz explains why the press pounces selectively-and outlines the new rules of survival.

On the afternoon that Anthony Weiner tearfully confessed to all manner of X-rated misadventures, I furiously scribbled notes and banged out a story for The Daily Beast-one of several on a seamy saga that, as they say, has nothing but readers.

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I did much the same-writing, editing, blabbing-when Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and John Edwards became tabloid fodder over the past few weeks, interviewing everyone from the Los Angeles Times reporter who disclosed Arnold's love child to the lawyer for Andrew Young, who claimed to be the dad of Edwards' love child as part of one of that bizarre coverup.

In short, I am not a conscientious objector in these matters. I »

- Howard Kurtz

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