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Media Slam New York Times' 'Sympathetic' Weiner Comeback Story

Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 09:40 PM

By Greg Richter

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The New York Times Magazine’s feature on disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner naturally set tongues wagging about his possible political comeback.

A few writers, though, find the piece by Jonathan Van Meter not only friendly to Weiner, but not altogether factual.

Reid Pillifant of the New York-based website Capital, noted that the Times let stand a quote by Weiner that Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., "was trying to scuttle the 9/11 health and compensation act." King, in fact, was one of the act’s most ardent supporters and tried to get more of his fellow Republicans on board.

"It's really unfortunate that the paper of record would put out a statement like that without talking to me," King told Pillifant.

Weiner’s outburst at King on the House floor ended up losing Republican support that King had been courting for the bill, Pillifant said.

Meanwhile, David Weigel of Slate notes that the piece “blows right past” the details of the sex scandal that brought Weiner down.

Politico’s
Dylan Byers notes that Van Meter made it sound as though Weiner himself made the decision to resign from his House seat. In fact, Byers points out Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Convention, both called for Weiner’s resignation.

“All things considered, Van Meter seems not only sympathetic to Weiner, but uncritical and unquestioning,” Byers writes.




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