"Sure, the media have been Charlie Sheen's enablers," said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School of Communication. "But he wouldn't be getting wall-to-wall coverage if that didn't win big ratings, so it's the audience _ us _ who are his codependents. Is the attention making his behavior worse? Maybe. But the media didn't invent people's urge to rubberneck at car crashes."
"It plays to the victimhood strain, the aggrieved aspect of being a conservative in an allegedly liberal, elitist media world," said Marty Kaplan, a professor of media and politics at the University of Southern California. "Mr. Cain has played into that - he gets the benefits of attention, and for his conservative supporters it proves what a grand antagonist toward the media he can be."