Sunday, April 19, 2015

Still Thinking About Scandals And How To Rank Them

It's frustrating that every other week the media is filled with politicians and "experts" bleating about this and that being "worse than Watergate" as a scandal.

So I'm trying to come up with a simple chart of Yes/No where we can determine just how bad a scandal really is.

Scandal Grading Curve

Insert -Gate Here

Yes No
Did a crime occur?

Was it a felony?

Did it involve one or more murders?

Did people die in some way?

Did it involve theft or fraud?

Did it involve rape?

Was it consensual sex but still salacious?

Did it involve assault?

Was it an unauthorized political operation?

Did it involve overseas allies?

Did it involve overseas rivals / rogue nations?

Were there false statements or facts given to the public before or during the event(s)?

Were false statements given to investigators? Was there obstruction?

Was evidence destroyed?

Have documents normally considered public record been sealed in violation of FOIA rules?

Did the event(s) compromise American civil liberties / rights?

Did it involve unusual or illegal use of public or military resources?

Did it involve bribery or extortion?

Did it involve third parties who could profit from the illegal acts?

Is it something both sides of the political spectrum recognizes as a “problem”?

This is what I've come up with so far.  I also need to scale the severity of the possible crimes / points of scandal: some items on the list need to move up in terms of how horrible they may be.  If I've missed any points of contention that need to be added, please use the Comments field to make the suggestion.

1 comment:

dinthebeast said...

Ooh! Ooh! I've got one!
Is it commonly held to be a war crime and/or prohibited by the Geneva Conventions?

-Doug in Oakland