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.