NBC: putting the relish on Weinergate

In a hugely covered media conference yesterday Rep. Anthony Weiner came clean about his indiscretions involving sexting and emailing several young women, including a Twitter member he had sent a raunchy photo to. Weiner apologized for not just his earlier lies about the matter, but apologized to his family and even conservative blogger, Andrew Breitbart, who had days before posted the photo in question at the website biggovernment.com.

I think I speak for most people who feel that every individual who has ever walked this earth is guilty of some kind of wrong or indiscretion; that nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes. It is this basic understanding of human nature and our own flaws that give us the capacity to forgive. What comes harder for us, however, is when we see someone 'fess up after telling one whopper of a lie. This kind of double-sin claims no partisanship and our exasperated reaction to it is just as non-partisan. We were disgruntled when Bill Clinton finally came clean about Monica Lewinsky, when Charlie Rangel finally 'fessed up about his ethics violations, when John Edwards finally owned up to his love-child and when Arnold Schwartzenegger finally admitted to the ten-year extra-marital affair with a housekeeper that resulted in a child. And so being human we are understandably put out with Anthony Weiner's double-sin.

Well, most of us are. Thank goodness for the clearer-thinking minds at NBC for enlightening the us about how misdirected this kind of exasperation is, at least whenever the exasperation is directed at crusaders of justice like Anthony Weiner. While reporting from the majority of other networks broke Weiner's confession as a relevant event, NBC sagely presented it as a cultural injustice committed on a heroic firebrand. Brian Williams began last night's coverage of Weiner's news conference by declaring, "The Age of Over-Sharing has claimed another victim." Williams quickly went on to describe Weiner as "a young, ambitious and volatile Democrat in the House of Representatives, and that's all people knew about him until a lewd picture of him surfaced from his own Twitter account."

Apparently anyone who thought they knew Weiner as an antagonistic, temper tantrum-throwing politician with no qualms about grand-standing, boy were they ever from the wrong planet.

Yes, unlike ignorant folk, NBC knows that Rep. Weiner is a man of integrity, whose obsession with justice binds him to an upright code of conduct that transcends the understanding of bourgeois media

Not only this but NBC's Chris Matthews seems avowed to making high-minded conjecture against the most likely nefarious party responsible behind Weinergate (besides Andrew Breitbart, of course).

See? Its not enough that we bourgeois idiots may only think Anthony Weiner is a young, ambitious, volatile Dem leader, we need to reminded so we aren't tempted into wrongful thinking. And rest assured that NBC is committed to reminding us of that as often as possible. They will be there to guide us, and during the course reminding us of the truly important issues. Whether its social injustice like offensive Halloween costumes

globally pertinent coverage of Bristol Palin's jaw surgery

or confronting the anti-black/whites-only discrimination that goes on in the Tea Party Movement.

NBC will be there to disseminate erroneous hot dog thinking from the weiners of Truth. With bells on and relish piled high... but fully clothed, of course.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, love your take on it! my opinion about anybody doing anything at all like this is, as long as you do your job correctly, then why on earth would they need to apologise for being human? their business is theirs, we all have skeletons in the closet, I have so many secrets that I wouldn't fit into my closet! ha ha (by the way, love your books!! might buy one myself! ha ha don't call me Sherlock for nothing, couldn't resist! sorry!)

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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks for the comments, Nell Rose!

I'm sure most of us do have skeletons in the closet. But I also feel when a public servant uses his Congressional office to send such photos out he has a problem. And when he uses that same office to meet with reporters and give false statements about those photos then he has an even bigger problem. Weiner did both these things before finally confessing the truth. Skeletons in the closet are one thing, you know, but I really don't want our taxes paying for a peepshow of 'dem bones, lol.

And hmm there, Ms. Sherlock, sounds like you may have tracked down my pseudonym :)

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, beth, to be honest I don't think we got all the facts over here, sorry, you are right, and in answer to your question, Yep got it! ha ha I always have to have a peek when someone mentions something, I can't help it, one day I may get something published, mind you I need to write something first! ha ha

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Beth,

For a guy experienced in public perceptions, he really made one hell of a mistake. The public tends to be very forgiving about occaisional lapses in ethics, as long as you don't lie about it.

Take for example Martha Stewart. The profits she made on insider trading were paltry relative to her net worth. She was never even prosecuted for the violation of securities law. The problem was she said she didn't do it under oath. She was prosecuted for perjury. If she simply admitted it, and gave the profits to charity, she wouldn't have spent a day in jail, and maybe would have paid a tiny fine. Instead, she spent six months in jail, and tarnished her brand name, costing her hundreds of millions of dollars in market value in her stake in her own company.

She should have known that in the age of Bernie Ebbers, Jeff Skilling, Dennis Koslowski, etc., there is no more tolerance for financial shenanigans by the rich and famous, unless they fess up. Andy Fastow of Enron fame was the biggest criminal there, and he got only seven years, because he cooperated. Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling got 25 years, even though their actual guilt was less - they denied everything to the bitter end, in spite of the evidence. Lay didn't even commit any acts of commission; he merely breached his duty as Chairman to supervise. But so many millions of shareholders, employees, and pensioners were wiped out by the abuses at Enron, MCI, Tyco, etc., that the prosecutors had to create a deterrant. They usually cut a good deal if you cooperate, but they throw the book at you if you lie or take the Fifth.

So the lesson in the Weiner case is that the public, and his party, would forget this quickly if he simply told the truth and got it past him. Like you said, everyone makes mistakes. If the Congress impeaches him, or he is voted out of office, it won't be for the FB post; it will be for lying about it.


Charles Hilton 5 years ago

Sorry, but, it was enough just to be able to stop the image of "Putting the relish on Weinergate" from creeping in. Hopefully, I'll eventually be able to read the actual hub, which, I'm sure is a good one. lol

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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks Stu!

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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Charles, lol! I think your comment here just made the icing on a very nice day, thanks.

Charles Hilton 5 years ago

Okay, I made it through. lol

Excellent hub and valid points throughout. ;-)

Stu From VT 5 years ago

YW Beth, Stu

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