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“What if Gawker tried to out an anchor at Fox News and no one cared?” writes David Carr. But what if David Carr devoted a whole column to said outing of a Fox anchor and we still don’t really care? (The New York Times)
Anthony and Huma
In an interview on Meet the Press this morning, Anthony Weiner would not say whether his high-profile wife would re-join him on the campaign trail again.
Mr. Weiner, speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, said he doesn’t know if his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, will be at his side, including on Election Day Tuesday.
Like many high-profile government employees, Huma Abedin has made some very powerful friends and connections. And, like so many of her colleagues, she has every right to take advantage of those contacts to find more lucrative work in the private sector.
But she can’t have it both ways.
Ms. Abedin rose to some level of fame as a trusted aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She also happens to be the long-suffering wife of virtual philanderer Anthony Weiner. While the choices she has made in her private life certainly should summon sympathy from even the hardest of hearts, her dual life as a public employee and a private consultant deserves clear-eyed skepticism.
Of love and politics
Before he married his wife, former Congressman Anthony Weiner had a previously undisclosed relationship with an on-again-off-again congressional and campaign aide nearly two decades his junior.
In pushing back against the publication of this story, the spokeswoman for his current mayoral campaign, Barbara Morgan, phoned The New York Observer‘s editor in chief. Partially confirming the relationship, she said the two “had a personal relationship.” (At that point, Ms. Morgan stopped mid-sentence to request the conversation be continued off the record.)
In a cease-and-desist letter sent to The New York Observer today, an attorney for the woman said his client, Dolev Azaria, “vehemently denies” that she and Mr. Weiner had any romantic relationship “while Ms. Azaria was working for Mr. Weiner.”
The Fourth Estate
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!”
The Daily Show’s fill-in host John Oliver held no prisoners tonight as he took ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner to task over his latest sexting allegations, skewering the mayoral wannabe for continuing to communicate with random women long after his resignation.
“Now, America is collectively experiencing déjà ewww,” declared Mr. Oliver, who dedicated nearly two full segments of the show to his take-down, aided by mock movie posters and racy props.
Less than an hour after a hastily-convened press conference where he admitted to engaging in lewd online conversations with a young woman long after his resignation, former Congressman Anthony Weiner appeared back in top form, drawing loud applause at a mayoral forum dedicated to HIV and AIDS issues at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis center.
In a buoyant mood, acting as though nothing had changed, Mr. Weiner even thanked the media for not leaving after his high-profile event.
In this week’s issue of New York, the magazine’s editors addressed comments about a profile of mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner that ran in the magazine last week.
That profile, by contributing editor Mark Jacobson, got attention due to Mr. Jacobson’s fawning treatment of Mr. Weiner’s wife and Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.
Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post has made hay of the Anthony Weiner story–today’s coverline, “Pop Goes the Weasel,” deals (albeit tastelessly) with the just-announced pregnancy of Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin–and his London-based Times is chasing the story as well, with a smaller-than-might-be-expected touch of British restraint. Today brings the luridly-portmanteau’d Read More
On Sunday, July 12, Anthony Weiner was at Columbus Circle to talk to the press about $23 million in federal money he got to fight the Asian longhorned beetle. What he got in return was a barrage of questions about his newly announced engagement to Hillary Clinton’s glamorous, soft-spoken body person, Huma Abedin.
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