Will 2012 be remembered for its scandals? The keys in any true scandal are impropriety, power, and intricacy—along with an element of shock. For the purposes of the list below, we’re giving extra points for internationalism—or, in scandal-speak, for headlines around the world. Such scandals are different from structural outrages (Super PACs, child poverty); political disgraces (Todd Akin, climate-change silence, the Republican primary field); tabloid ephemera (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Prince Harry in Vegas); fugitive oddities (John McAfee); or just plain bullying (the Vatican and American nuns; Vladimir Putin and Pussy Riot). There are also sagas that have taken a scandalous turn, but don’t really belong to 2012 (Guantánamo, Lance Armstrong).
But then there are the scandals that are globe-spanning parts of the fabric of the year, like these six: http://nyr.kr/YL1vTx
There are undoubtedly more: share them with Amy Davidson on Twitter (@tnycloseread).
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