July 25, 2013
Anthony Weiner
Anthony Weiner (Brendan McDermid / Reuters)

Moments ago on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews conducted a discussion the political prospects of New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner. Guest Joan Walsh made the argument that Weiner’s calling card as a congressman — namely, his combativeness on cable television — was essentially the sum total of his work there. Walsh:

This guy became a progressive hero, he said some great things about single-payer and about the public option during the [health care] debate but all he really has as a record is standing up to people on Fox News. And I think he maybe passed one piece of legislation in his career in Congress.

Jumping in, Matthews remarked: “Speaking of Fox News, Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, will be doing backflips if this guy’s mayor of New York. He will be in heaven. He will be the poster boy for everything he opposes.”

Perhaps. Maybe. But his troubles would never keep Fox News from presenting fair and balanced coverage of a Mayor Weiner.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.