Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The Difference Between Weiners and Baloney...

Over  here on this side of the Atlantic, the media   has been riveted  to  the saga of  professional footballer Ryan Giggs  whose  multiple affairs  and legal manuervering   to  hide it from the press and public, spawned a much larger   debate on the issues of  privacy, and  legal injunctions which are often used to prevent the press from reporting on private indiscretions.

The story here has been so big, that  I nearly missed  the latest bit of fun and frolic from back over on the other side of the pond....

Back  in the U.S., a well known member of the U.S. Congress, found himself on a scandal of his own, where   a whole series of jokes have been writing themselves!
(via the GuardianUK...)

A painfully embarrassing week for the New York Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner was brought to an excruciating denouement when he admitted that he had sent sexually suggestive photographs of himself over the Internet, confessed to lying to cover it up but said that he was not resigning.
In a half-hour press conference during which he at several times was fighting back tears, Weiner made a total and grovelling apology. After days in which he had at first claimed the photographs were hacked out of his computer and sent without his knowledge, he said he took responsibility for his "dumb" actions.
"To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it. I'm deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife, and our family, my constituents, my friends, my supporters and my staff," he said.
(Insert ready made "Weiner" joke here.....)
Sigh... and  for that matter.. eww!    (I won't post the pictures in question here,  if you are really curious, you can Google them for yourself.)

A number of friends of mine  on the political right have had a great deal of fun with this "scandal" over the past few days. Right on cue the Republican Party was in front of any camera and microphone with calls for "Congressman Pervert" to resign. After all what Congressman Weiner did was shameful, and... icky...., AND he had the audacity to LIE about it! That is certainly a "beyond the pale" offense... right?   

Mind you , the  REPUBLICANS would never tolerate that kind of thing in their caucus... right?

You have to love  this age of digital media  we are living in...  Cue  Rachel Maddow with today's reality check....



Now  as much as I find  what  Anthony Weiner did, to be ...  Well, I was about to say unbecoming of a member of Congress, but  apparently  this sort of thing is par for the course there...   That being said,  as much fun as it would also be to rehash  famous  GOP "Sexting" scandals,  (one of the  more famous ones   of which involved underage congressional Pages.)  It hardly seems worth the effort.

It's gotten to the point  where  blogging about  Republican hypocrisy  doesn't even require any real work.  It is a narrative that writes itself.

1 comment:

aNothWestView said...

Another story that was hardly worth the time the press put into focusing on it, while ignoring other real stories of fare more importance. Also when will politions learn that if they tell the truth right off the bat the story will despair so much faster!!