Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson has a message for the New York Post: Lay off Anthony Weiner’s wife.
Mr. Jackson, who is also running for Manhattan borough president, went on a brief solo rant this afternoon, condemning a recent Post editorial column on former Congressman Anthony Weiner that featured a fake byline from Mr. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“It crossed the line, in my opinion, of decency,” Mr. Jackson proclaimed on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, a huge foam board depicting the paper’s Sunday story behind him. “We need to stop all this sensationalism … I’m asking the New York Post, stop it!”
Mr. Jackson also called on the publication to issue a formal apology to Ms. Abedin, who has been the subject of a tirade of media criticism for standing by her husband despite revelations that he continued sending lewd messages and photographs to women he didn’t know even after he resigned from Congress. “People are reading it and they think that it’s her talking, but not really,” he explained.
Mr. Jackson, whose own campaign has received scant attention in recent weeks, also had harsh words for other media outlets.
“All the other papers, stop it,” he added. “Let’s get down to business. The business of New York City. That’s what the people of New York City want. If, in fact, they wanted sensationalism, they would have bought the Enquirer.”
The Post, of course, is no stranger to controversy, and the chances they would drop the story are less than slim. The publication did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Mr. Jackson nevertheless remained optimistic.
“I certainly hope so,” he responded. “If they were the Enquirer–how about we just change the name of the Post to the Enquirer? Knowing all of the stories, you can’t believe. And in fact, they want people to believe this is Huma talking and it’s not. It’s somebody else.”
He also acknowledged that drawing attention to the article gave the paper–and Mr. Weiner–more exposure.
“You know, that may be the case. But as I said, you constantly must refocus,” Mr. Jackson told Politicker. “And the refocus is on what are the major issues and concerns that are impacting New Yorkers. And in my opinion, it’s not about this article, it’s not about Anthony Weiner. And if Anthony Weiner stays in, the people of New York City and the Democratic Party on September 10, will deal with that.”
(It’s unclear if the Post heard the message, however, as a Politicker reporter was the sole media presence for today’s press conference.)