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Sexting Do's and Dont's

 

April 4th, 2012

The New York Post reports that an accused New York cell phone thief was just busted for 'sexting' his victim.

The dopey thief "sexted" a New York woman for a tryst after making off with her cell phone -- and was surprised to see cops waiting for him at his proposed hookup site, police sources said.

Marques Hoskins, 21, had broken into the woman's apartment Sunday at around 2:30am, while she was taking her dog for a walk.


When she got back, she found Hoskins sitting on her bed with her laptop, the sources said. Her dog scared him off, but he got away with her cell phone and wallet. The female victim called the cops and two hours later an officer, posing as the victim, used his phone to text the victim's cell. Hoskins allegedly texted back minutes later, demanding $500 for the phone and asking if they could hook up.

The officer gladly accepted, inviting Hoskins to an undisclosed location. Police brought along the victim, who identified Hoskins. He was arrested on burglary and related charges. Cops recovered the victim’s phone and wallet. Sources said Hoslins had apparently followed the victim into her building after she came home from her job at a nearby bar.

WEINER'S WEINER

Selecting scandal over news is becoming a US media trend. When married US Congressman Anthony Weiner tweeted a woman with a lewd and racy photo, it overshadowed world news in the US, with some media putting the story ahead of the war in Libya and raging violence in Syria.

American media couldn't get enough of Anthony Weiner’s crotch shot that he accidently posted to his Twitter account for some 77,000 followers to see on May 27, 2011.

The story made a perfect sex scandal with a shameless and unsuccessful cover-up. In an interview on May 30, Anthony Weiner insisted that it was a “twitter hoax” and “they” hacked his account. “I am a victim of it, this girl is the victim of it,” he told the press.

A subsequent embarrassing confession followed Wednesday June 6: “Last Friday night I tweeted a photo of myself, that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted it to Twitter I panicked. I took it down and said I have been hacked.”

And, of course, a tearful apology: “I’m deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma and our family.”

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.

Chris Chambers, a lecturer at Georgetown University says that for many people “the only way to get ratings is to lead and constantly turn and cover these types of lascivious stories that really don’t have any bearing on people’s lives.”

SCANDALS AND NEWS RATINGS

It has become a trend in America to make deeply personal apologies on camera. From ex-president Clinton to pro-golfer Tiger Woods. The apologies seem to fuel the gossip industry even more.

“When politicians stage these apology sessions they are very likely responding to their public relations advisers, their lawyers and the American media companies love it, because again it generates even more scandal,” Chambers said.

American television lives off scandals. Take Charlie Sheen, Lindsey Lohan with her endless trials, Schwarzenegger, now Weiner – the list is endless. And all of these scandals are really private matters, but they fill the news environment to such an extent that many ask whether gossip has replaced actual news in America.

 

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