July 31, 2013
Anthony Weiner
Anthony Weiner (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

In a just-concluded MSNBC segment on the only story that cable news seems to care about, MSNBC host Martin Bashir wondered aloud when a topical change will transpire in the New York City mayoral race. Speaking to MSNBC contributor and Washington Post opinionator Jonathan Capehart, Bashir asked: “Jon, when do we actually get down to discussing the pertinent issues that affect a major city like New York, a city that has suffered as a result of the recession. There are all kinds of issues in relation to education in the city, conflicts with unions, the transportation system, the condition of the roads. All I ever hear about is Anthony Weiner’s penis.”

After catching his breath from a full-body guffaw, Capehart attempted an answer.

Entertaining television, for sure. But also a bit disingenuous. Bashir, host of a nationally broadcast television show, is bemoaning all the coverage of Weiner’s transgressions. Well, he and his MSNBC colleagues can feel free to spend the coming weeks doing investigative reports on New York City infrastructure.

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