Thursday, June 2, 2011

When will Weiner’s weiner story deflate?

This morning, a news anchor asked a bipartisan panel how long the collective media would continue to cover the issue of Representative Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) tweeted “naughty” picture. Since the guy in the middle, both literally on the panel and politically, often finds the funny in the serious, I was holding my breath, hoping he’d be the one to state the obvious. But again, everybody’s missing the best joke in this pun fest:

How long will Congressman Weiner’s tweeted picture continue to be news?
I don’t know, but if it lasts more than four hours, they should see a doctor.

Sorry, but this story just cries out for sassy remarks. In fact, it’s really a non-story. Even “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have probably run their course on this one. Let’s get back to some real news and forget about Congressman Tony’s bony . . . uh . . . sorry, couldn’t help myself!

Anyway, here’s why people should let it go and get back to the real world:
  • Whatever happened did not rise to the level of a crime, so most of the questions being asked are beyond the scope of anybody’s right to know.
  • Congressman Weiner has assured everyone he did not send the photo. Unless further evidence proves otherwise, we should take him at his word and get on to more substantial issues.
  • Instead of leaving the issue at that, reporters keep asking him if the picture was actually a photo of his “men’s business,”as Craig Ferguson is wont to say. Instead of responding with yea or nay, Weiner says he has no idea and he has people looking into the issue. That is exactly the point where everyone has gone beyond the bounds of decency.
  • It’s important to remember that Weiner is a healthy 46-year-old man who married for the first time only last year, at the age of 44. It’s doubtful he was a virgin upon his marriage, which of course, is very much his business. Since his premarital activities never rose to the level of public scandal, anything he did in private is none of our business.
That’s exactly why no one now has the right to ask where the picture might have come from or whose “equipment” it might be. The only point at issue now is who sent it, and that’s something the news media and the public might never know, or need to.

And guess what? The sun will still come up tomorrow. The tides will come in and go out. The world will continue to spin on its axis. And people are still dying in wars and from hunger and thirst.

That is what we should all be concentrating on from now on.

End of story.

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