Tagged: moritz scale of political bad behavior

Completely Off the Scale (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/16/2015 12:00 am

I introduced my Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior back in 2009 in a lighthearted attempt to gauge the magnitude of political faux pas. In the all-news-all-the-time environment, political outrage, like Spinal Tap’s amplifier, always seems to be cranked up to 11, but some politicians really do behave worse than others.

Weighed And Found Wanting (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/6/2014 12:00 am

I first introduced the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior in 2009 as a handy way to bring some kind of context to political faux pas, which all start to assume cataclysmic proportions — especially on cable TV news and most especially in the news slump that surrounds the holidays. The color-coded scale was modeled after the Homeland Security Advisory System, which was subsequently discontinued, but I still like it.

A 4 on the Moritz Scale (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/19/2012 12:00 am

The Moritz Scale, as you can see, ranks faux pas by political figures on a scale of 1 (behavior that “just looks bad”) to 5 (criminally bad behavior). It is applicable to political scandals that don’t involve sex — Ernie Passailaigue, former director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, was twice measured on the Moritz Scale with nary a zipper problem — but sex certainly does seem to crop up regularly. And this installment’s subjects are currently involved in sex scandals.