Thursday, 16 June 2011

Anthony Weiner and the Evil American Press

Well, American press, you have what you wanted.

You did want Anthony Weiner to resign, didn't you? Because the way you hounded him certainly didn't indicate otherwise.

Yes, what he did was pretty terrible. But you know what was also terrible, and possibly even worse? Your treatment of him. Your revealing to the world that his wife is pregnant, a private detail that should have remained private until she chose to tell people, probably in about six weeks. Your insistence that he should continue to be ridiculed and embarrassed, when he was clearly contrite and ready to move on and keep serving his country.

Right-wing American press, of course you wanted his resignation. But Democrats? This guy has fought hard for the liberal cause; yet you too got you wanted, by ensuring he remain in the news: every day a different prominent Party member calling for his resignation. This was certainly not the way to get the focus back onto the President's agenda.

You left him, in the end, with no choice. I hope you don't regret this decision. I suspect, though, that you will.

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