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Weiner Takes Beating

Posted in Philosophy, Politics by Michael LaBossiere on June 6, 2011
Anthony Weiner

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While I will write a more substantial blog for tomorrow, I would be remiss not to make a few comments about Anthony Weiner’s recent press conference.

As many began to suspect, Weiner sent the photo in question and admitted that he lied about the mater. At this point, that was no real surprise. However, the press conference did have some surprises.

First, Weiner did not blame anyone or anything and took full responsibility. Rather than blame the media, he apologized to them for his lies. Rather than blame the seducing power of Twitter and Facebook, he made it clear that his actions were his own. When asked about using alcohol or drugs, he denied both and accepted responsibility. This is, of course, the right thing to do and is somewhat unusual in this day. The usual recourse is to blame someone or something else. While Weiner was right to accept responsibility, he was clearly wrong to have waited so long.

Second, Weiner faced the media without dodging questions for almost thirty minutes. The standard tactic is, of course, to avoid the “lame stream” media and their “gotcha” questions. Weiner stood there and took the beating, answering every serious question that was asked. That was, to say the least, somewhat unusual. I almost suspect that his wife played a role in his public confession: he had a look that I had seen on other men who had been forced by their wives to do the right thing.

Third, Weiner’s wife was not present. The standard deal is that the shamed spouse is forced to stand at her husband’s side, enduring the cameras and the questions of the media. If Weiner spared his wife, then he did the right thing. If she refused to be part of the show, then she did the right thing.

Weiner might be able to recover from this, but he clearly has a lot of work to do.

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  2. T. J. Babson said, on June 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    It’s all pretty creepy to me, but apparently some women like it.

    Mike, do you still believe that Lee’s behavior was worse than Weiner’s?

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on June 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Very creepy. But, as you said, it seems to appeal to some people.

      Good question. Weiner is slightly ahead in regards to the fact that he alleges that he was not actually out to have an affair. If this turns out to be another lie, then Weiner would be on par with Lee here. Of course, if he actually had an affair (or six), then he’d be way ahead of Lee in badness. Weiner is, however, worse than Lee in regards to the lies. So, I’d say they are reasonably close in their overall misdeeds.

  3. FRE said, on June 7, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Obviously that is something that the media should have covered. However, I think that there has been too much coverage. It’s been on the news over and over and over, ad nauseum, probably resulting in failing to cover other important news items.

    • magus71 said, on June 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

      They cover whatever people are blogging about….

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Yes, the coverage exceeds its actual importance. Weiner was right to say that the media should be focused on more important matters-although his motivation turned out to be far less than pure.

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