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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

What a wiener

Anthony Weiner is a wiener who has embarrassed himself, his family and Congress and ought to resign. And take the Washington press corps with him.

The latest case of men behaving badly in Washington leaves you scratching your head about what possesses people to act so recklessly and think they can get away with it in today's toxic political environment.

And despite Andrew Breitbart's first success at taking down a Democrat, it shines yet another spotlight on what has become the tawdry game -- and the political press corps' preference for the politics of personal destruction over substance.

Let's start with Weiner, who behaved like a spoiled adolescent with a toy he could not handle. His immaturity is startling. His disdain from both women and common sense would be disqualifying for most politicians. But his brazenness in lying for a week and then telling all and insisting he can still do his job is mind-numbingly arrogant.

Then there's Breitbart, who has sent James O'Keefe into battle in undercover stings of dubious quality and edited Shirley Sherrod to put words into her mouth. He added to his own legend by hijacking Weiner's own press conference.

Breibart's beef with the media is his claim they ignore Democratic miscreants and focus only on Republicans behaving badly. Apparently he slept through the coverage of John Edwards, not to mention a little thing called impeachment.

But he could not have scored a win (aside from Weiner's own idiocy) without the help of a press corps that just can't find the time for serious pursuits because of their own childlike fascination with bad boys.

We have two-and-a-half wars, a nation stuck amid a Great Recession and questions being raised by Republican leaders whether we should chose between bankers and sick elders. Serious issues requiring sober analysis.

No wonder conservative activists want to change the subject. Shame on the politicians who allow them to do that by behaving badly. And shame on the media that prefers titillation over substance.

When I was breaking into journalism, I preferred covering politics to policy. When my interests reversed, it became clear to me I needed a new line of work. It's a decision I don't regret making because today's political journalism is all about gotcha and not at all focused where it should be.

I can look myself in the mirror. Can anyone involved in this latest embarrassment say the same thing?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet 4 out of the last 5 blogs for you are about Sarah Palin. Not policies, personalities. Not announced candidates and their positions, an easily skewered side-show conservative who has give Tina Fey a whole new career.

June 07, 2011 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad.

June 07, 2011 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Apparently he slept through the coverage of John Edwards"


Bwahahaha! You are a very funny man! The MSM across the country refused to touch the Edwards story for MONTHS, although the Enquirer published it - and got it right - and blogs were flogging it.

Your brazen disingenuousness makes the man's point perfectly.

June 07, 2011 10:58 AM  

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