Political scandal

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A political scandal is a kind of political corruption that is exposed and becomes a scandal, in which politicians or government officials are accused of engaging in various illegal, corrupt, or unethical practices. A political scandal can involve the breaking of the nation's laws or moral codes and may involve sexual scandal.[1]

Scandal journalism

Scandal sells, and broadsides, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines and the electronic media have covered it in depth. The Muckraker movement in American journalism was a component of the Progressive Era in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Journalists have built their careers on exposure of corruption and political scandal, often acting on behalf of the opposition party.[2]

The are numerous contextual factors that make a scandal noteworthy, such as the importance of the people and the depth of conspiracy, as well as the coverup strategies of policymakers, and the strength of the [3]

The political ideology of media owners plays a role—they prefer to target the opposition but will reluctantly cover their own side.[4][5] Journalists have to frame the story in terms of the audience's values and expectations to maximize the impact.[6]

Lists of political scandals by country

In the spring of 1904, many parts of the northeastern United States experienced severe flooding. Bob Satterfield portrayed politicians, bureaucrats, etc, trapped in the floods - which are not of water, but of scandal (April 9, 1904)

See also


  1. King, 1984
  2. Achter, P. J. (2000). "Narrative, intertextuality, and apologia in contemporary political scandals. Southern Journal of Communication, 65(4), 318-333.
  3. Foster, C., Thrasher, J., Kim, S-H., Rose, I., Besley, J., & Navarro, A. (2012). "Agenda-building influences on the news media's coverage of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's push to regulate tobacco, 1993-2009," Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 35(3), 303-330.
  4. Puglisi, R., & Snyder, J. M. Jr. (2011). "Newspaper Coverage of Political Scandals," Journal of Politics 73(3), 1-20.
  5. Thompson, J. B. (1997). "Scandal and social theory" in J. Lull & S. Hinerman (Eds.), Media scandals: Morality and desire in the popular culture marketplace pp. 34–64). (Cambridge, England: Polity Press).
  6. Yioutas, J., & Segvic, I. (2003). "Revisiting the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal: The convergence of agenda setting and framing." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 80(3), 567-582.

Further reading

  • Canel, Maria Jose and Karen Sanders. Morality Tales: Political Scandals and Journalism in Britain and Spain in the 1990s (2005)
  • Fisher, Trevor. Scandal: Sexual Politics of Late Victorian Britain (1995)
  • Giroux, Gary. Business Scandals, Corruption, and Reform: An Encyclopedia (2013)
  • Grossman, Mark. Political Corruption in America: An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power, and Greed (2008)
  • Heidenheimer, Arnold and M. Johnston. Political corruption: Concepts and contexts (2002)
  • King, Anthony. Sex, Money and Power: Political Scandals in Great Britain and the United States (1984)
  • Kohn, George C. The New Encyclopedia of American Scandal (2000)
  • MacMullen, Ramsay. Corruption and the Decline of Rome (1990)
  • Scott, James C. Comparative political corruption (1972)
  • Temple, Kathryn. Scandal Nation: Law and Authorship in Britain, 1750-1832 (2002)