Weiner Scandal Stewart A Loser; Breitbart A Winner
The Anthony Weiner scandal has turned out to be an embarrassment for Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, who has been defending the congressman, and a victory for conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, who has been, er, exposing him. Breitbart, in fact, "hijacked" -- the word used by some reporters -- Weiner's news conference by taking the podium before the congressman arrived and announcing, "I'm here for some vindication." He added "Quite frankly, I'd like an apology for him being complicit in a 'blame the messenger' strategy." (He got it.) On the other hand, Stewart appeared, perhaps for the first time, to be at a loss for words. "I don't know what to do anymore. It's killing me!" he said during Monday night's telecast. "This is the weirdest f***ing story I've ever seen in my life -- or the greatest episode of Maury ever," he added. On the Entertainment Weekly website, columnist Ken Tucker remarked, "Jon Stewart may have been the only television news commentator in America on Monday who did not pounce on Rep. Anthony Weiner and beat him up verbally." (Stewart has acknowledged that Weiner is an old friend.) Meanwhile, on CNN, host Eliot Spitzer, who was forced to resign as governor of New York when he was caught up in his own sex scandal, remarked that Weiner's news conference "was the kind of moment that neither politicians nor journalists should be proud of, and believe me, I know. I've been there, and I've held both jobs."