Irin Carmon: “I’m Pro-Gaffe”

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As part of our partnership with Salon.com, we spoke with Salon staff writer Irin Carmon about media and societal fascination with public figure “gaffes”, and whether society has become oversensitive.

Carmon was unwavering in her support for gaffe coverage.

I’m pro-gaffe. A gaffe is important when it tells us something really fundamental about what the person thinks.

Carmon used examples like controversial former Congressman Todd Akin, who infamously made comments about “legitimate rape” during the 2012 senate race. She also touched on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Do you think the media is covering “gaffes” too much or giving them the right amount of attention? Leave a comment below.