As Rep. Anthony Weiner (R-N.Y.) was forced to eat his words, media personalities, one with first-hand experience, had to issue mea culpas of their own.
In a press conference Monday, Weiner said he accidentally tweeted a lewd photo of himself meant to be sent as a direct message to a female Twitter follower. This behavior was not new for the congressman, as he admitted to engaging in inappropriate communication with multiple women, before and during his marriage, after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart slowly released incriminating photos Monday.
“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart initially gave his friend the benefit of the doubt. But after Weiner expressed a lack of “certitude,” Stewart became increasingly critical of the congressman’s handling of the situation.
In the wake of Weiner’s confession, the host used the first part of Monday’s “Daily Show” to makes jokes about pictures of Weiner, including a shot of his abs, Breitbart released. At first, Stewart kept the jokes light, saying, “You know what is perhaps the most upsetting thing about having a friend caught up in a scandal of this nature is finding out, ‘A,’ he’s packing jumbo heat and, ‘B,’ that he’s ripped.”
But after video of Weiner’s teary confession rolled, Stewart became somber: “And there you have it: At 4:25 p.m. EST this story officially became sad.”
Author and journalist Jeff Jarvis was just one of many people who didn’t see why the story was such a big deal. He said this Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources:
But all in all, what's the real story here? You know, that a congressman has a penis? Let's stipulate that, there's no news in that. That he wears underwear? Who cares. That he might have accidentally sent out the wrong photo on Twitter? OK, big deal.
In the Huffington Post Tuesday, Jarvis said he was wrong to say there wasn’t a story: “Weiner lied. That is the story. That's what haters said in email to me after the CNN segment. They were right.”
On his CNN show Monday, former governor New York Eliot Spitzer discussed his own decision to resign in the wake a sex scandal.
“The decision to resign is a deeply personal one, and let me be very upfront about this, as most folks probably know, I made the other decision. I did resign,” he said.
Watch what may be Stewart’s final segment on Weiner below: