July 30, 2013 |
Would that Anthony Weiner were old news. But no. He won't quit. Only a man who distributed online photos of His Own Self could imagine denial is a virtue. Weiner's stubbornness is likely based on two probabilities: First is that he can outlast the electorate's attention span, which gnats regard with envy. A second pertains to Daniel Patrick Moynihan's observation that our nation was defining deviancy down — normalizing the deviant to accommodate our moral decay. If you can't fix it, in other words, make it "normal.
June 8, 2011
As an old woman, I am amused at the latest political sex scandal. Is every politician with testosterone looking for extramarital sexual encounters? What thrill does a middle-age politician need that politics doesn't satisfy? I don't know whether Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will be able to live this scandal down. It wasn't even about sex, that we know of, merely pictures on Twitter. I could feel sorry for the congressman, but he's just another male politician with an inflated ego. Phyllis Berlant-Abrams, ...
June 6, 2011 |
Rep. Anthony Weiner is set to to hold a 4 p.m. news conference on Monday after two Web sites run by conservative activists posted stories claiming the lawmaker sent a shirtless photo of himself to a young woman. The photo, which has not been independently verified by Weiner or other news organizations, could raise a new problem for the New York Democrat, who gave a muddled account last week in explaining how a photo of a man's crotch was sent under his Twitter account to a young woman in Washington state.
June 16, 2011 |
Shameless Self-Promotion Award of the Day goes to veteran television producer and media training expert Jess Todtfeld , who runs a media consulting company in Manhattan. The morning press buzz over Anthony Weiner 's fall from Congress had scarcely begun Thursday when we got an e-mail from Todtfeld. "Hi Al," the missive began, "Are you looking for quotes on the Anthony Weiner resignation?" Well, sure. "As a ‘Media Consultant,' Todtfeld wrote, "I have plenty to add on the topic.
July 11, 2011 |
A date has been set — and the candidates chosen — for an election to fill the seat of the disgraced Anthony Weiner . To my disappointment, none of the candidates is Weiner himself, who is surely the last bullying victim of the academic year. His resignation was demanded by Nancy Pelosi, who heroically put party over principle and, without so much as determining whether a law had been broken, a body found or even the ethical canons of Congress violated, ordered Weiner to be gone.
June 2, 2011 |
R ep. Anthony Weiner would be having a much better week if he could establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he wears either old-fashioned boxer shorts or classic tighty-whiteys. In politics, it's pretty much an immutable rule that if they're talking about your underwear, you have a problem. Weiner, a liberal Democrat who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, surely knows this. But he doesn't seem to grasp the other rule about how you should at least try to keep a problem from becoming a crisis.