Whenever something is the slightest bit scandalous, people tend to throw the suffix -gate onto it. Examples; in politics, 'Weinergate', in the skeptical community lately, 'Elevatorgate'.
Why? Why do we insist on doing this? Neither of these things are anywhere near as scandalous as Watergate was. Neither of these things got a President to resign. It's just plain annoying. "Oh, it's so scandalous it's (blah)gate!" It just really piss me off. I don't why it's so irritating, but it is. So just knock it off.
We need to find a new way to refer to scandals. Maybe just calling them scandals? I don't know, I'm venting frustrations here, not trying to actively solve the problem.