Amidst increased calls for Rep. Weiner (D-NY) to resign from Congress in light of his recent sexting scandal, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow considered just how a Weiner resignation would, at least in theory, affect the status quo in Congress, and to some extent, the current state of political news coverage. Her conclusion? His resignation, or Weiner’s “magic wand” (pun intended), would realistically have little to no impact on improving what ails our nation.
In the eyes of Maddow, the massive amount of news coverage dedicated to the recent sexting scandal of Rep. Weiner has become an enormous distraction from more important political and economic news. After listing a lot of far more significant news items that are currently being ignored by the mainstream media, she makes what seems to be a very valid point: our nation’s apparent obsession with “Weiner” is coming at the expense of other more significant news.
She then brought in her go-to defense of her much-beleaguered ideological ally: David Vitter. How is it, she asks, that a sitting U.S. Senator who admitted to hiring prostitutes can continue his political career relatively unscathed, whereas Weiner is being asked to resign by his own party. She then had on former NY Times columnist Bob Herbert to discuss.
Watch the clip below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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