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It was ten years in the past this Might that Weinergate grew right into a scandal that destroyed the profession of New York Democrat Anthony Weiner. On Might 27, 2011, the then-Congressman despatched a sexually express image of himself to a girl following him on Twitter. After the image of his erect penis turned public, Weiner spent days saying it wasn’t him and suggesting he’d been hacked. Bizarrely, liberal journalists tried to defend him, providing all kinds of ridiculous explanations.

Within the early days of the scandal, CNN and MSNBC tried to pin it on an elaborate conspiracy from the late Andrew Breitbart: 

“In his protection, I believe we do must level out that the particular person behind that is Andrew Breitbart, who has made a apply of focusing on Democrats — Shirley Sherrod most notoriously of all. And his tales are inclined to crumble on shut inspection.”
— CNN authorized analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Anderson Cooper 360, Might 31, 2011.

“Look, Breitbart is a confirmed liar, okay? He doctored the Shirley Sherrod tapes. He is executed this over and over. Why would anyone take this idiot critically?”
— 6pm ET anchor Cenk Uygur on MSNBC Information Stay, June 1, 2011.

Ken Vogel, now with The New York Instances, formally of Politico, by some means used it to smear Clarence Thomas: 

 


                    

On The View, liberal co-host Pleasure Behar imagined it was a conspiracy. Then co-host Barbara Walters praised the “good” Weiner.  

Co-host Pleasure Behar: “However, Barbara, could not he be absolutely clothed virtually after which they photocopy it and put it like that?”

Co-host Barbara Walters: “Any individual has to go to plenty of effort to get you in bother.”
Behar: “Properly, someone is out to get him, apparently, ‘trigger they do not like his politics.”
— Change on ABC’s The View, June 2, 2011.

When the top was lastly apparent, Walters insisted the Democrat had hit “all-time low” and ought to be given a second probability. Lecturing her co-hosts, she chided: 

 

 

“You thought that Anthony Weiner ought to resign, and that appears to be what a fantastic many individuals are saying. So I do not assume so. I believe what he has executed is unfathomable. I believe the images are disgusting. However I believe he has hit all-time low and this can be what he wanted in order that he alters his life. He has been a very good and efficient Congressman. His spouse, who we now know is pregnant, has stated she goes to proceed with the wedding. His constituents need him.  

The ethics committee can examine him and chastise, however not essentially throw him out. And we had a President named Invoice Clinton who went via quite a lot of bother, weathered the storm and is no longer solely revered, however he is beloved by many individuals with an excellent marriage. So, I believe Anthony Weiner ought to cling in there. He was a very good Congressman, and perhaps he can climate this all and be efficient.”
— Barbara Walters to her co-hosts on ABC’s The View, June 9, 2011.

When, inevitably, Weiner was pressured to resign, NBC’s Immediately mourned the unhappy fall of Weiner: 

Correspondent Luke Russert: “We will now report Anthony Weiner has stepped down, and that is actually a tragic ending, loads would say, to what was as soon as a vivid, promising political profession….”
NBC political director Chuck Todd: “He’d change into type of a hero to the extra progressive left, who had been at all times upset that Democrats do not get up for themselves. So right here was the man that had all this potential to change into an enormous political determine….”
— NBC’s Immediately, June 17, 2011.    

Bear in mind Walters’s declare: “I believe he has hit all-time low and this can be what he wanted in order that he alters his life.” Seems, it wasn’t. In 2017 he plead responsible to transferring obscene photos to a toddler. He will likely be a registered intercourse offender for the remainder of his life. 

In relation to spinning, defending or deluding themselves about Weiner, we went into the Media Analysis Middle archives. Right here is the worst of the cringe-inducing worst from journalists: 

First Response to Weiner’s X-Rated Tweet: Let’s Smear a Conservative

“In his protection, I believe we do must level out that the particular person behind that is Andrew Breitbart, who has made a apply of focusing on Democrats — Shirley Sherrod most notoriously of all. And his tales are inclined to crumble on shut inspection.”
— CNN authorized analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Anderson Cooper 360, Might 31, 2011.

 

“Look, Breitbart is a confirmed liar, okay? He doctored the Shirley Sherrod tapes. He is executed this over and over. Why would anyone take this idiot critically?”
— 6pm ET anchor Cenk Uygur on MSNBC Information Stay, June 1, 2011.

 

“Weinergate” Simply One other Alternative to Smear Clarence Thomas

“Know who’s in all probability loving #Weinergate? Clarence Thomas. In truth, given his porn affinity, I am shocked Weiner hasn’t blamed the Justice.”
Politico reporter Ken Vogel in a June 1, 2011 Twitter posting in regards to the Weiner scandal.

 

Upset Over Injury to a “Rising Star”

“Past the laughs right here, this man [Anthony Weiner] is a rising star on this state, particularly within the metropolis of New York, thought-about a front-runner for the subsequent mayoral marketing campaign. He talks in regards to the private toll that is taking up his marriage. What in regards to the political toll?…How does he get forward of this story once more, or get it behind him?”
— NBC’s Meredith Vieira to White Home correspondent Chuck Todd on Immediately, June 2, 2011.

 

Clearly, “Any individual Is Out to Get” Anthony Weiner

Co-host Pleasure Behar: “However, Barbara, could not he be absolutely clothed virtually after which they photocopy it and put it like that?”
Co-host Barbara Walters: “Any individual has to go to plenty of effort to get you in bother.”
Behar: “Properly, someone is out to get him, apparently, ‘trigger they do not like his politics.”
— Change on ABC’s The View, June 2, 2011.

 

Hoping Weiner Hangs on Like “Beloved” Invoice Clinton

“You thought that Anthony Weiner ought to resign, and that appears to be what a fantastic many individuals are saying. So I do not assume so. I believe what he has executed is unfathomable. I believe the images are disgusting….The ethics committee can examine him and chastise, however not essentially throw him out. And we had a President named Invoice Clinton who went via quite a lot of bother, weathered the storm and is no longer solely revered, however he is beloved by many individuals with an excellent marriage. So, I believe Anthony Weiner ought to cling in there. He was a very good Congressman, and perhaps he can climate this all and be efficient.”
— Barbara Walters to her co-hosts on ABC’s The View, June 9, 2011.

 

Weiner’s Antics Offend Culturally “Backward” Christians

“If he [Anthony Weiner] stays, they [Democrats] by no means get the management again. They by no means get the Speakership again, as a result of the individuals within the rural areas of this nation who’re Christian conservative culturally — you may say backward if you would like — however they do not like this type of stuff in any respect.”
— Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, June 9, 2011.

 

Mourning Lack of a “Hero to the Progressive Left”

Correspondent Luke Russert: “We will now report Anthony Weiner has stepped down, and that is actually a tragic ending, loads would say, to what was as soon as a vivid, promising political profession….”
NBC political director Chuck Todd: “He’d change into type of a hero to the extra progressive left, who had been at all times upset that Democrats do not get up for themselves. So right here was the man that had all this potential to change into an enormous political determine….”
— NBC’s Immediately, June 17, 2011.

 

If Weiner Wins, Credit score Hillary “the Grasp” for How She Coached Huma

Co-host Savannah Guthrie: “Mika, do you assume there’s any probability he [disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner] can win?”
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski: “I do. I believe his spouse is the important thing right here and his spouse has realized from the grasp, Hillary Clinton, her boss.”
— Change on NBC’s Immediately, July 24, 2013.





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