When the late Andrew Breitbart stepped forward in 2011 to claim that New York Congressman Anthony Weiner had tweeted out pictures of, ah, himself to a young woman there was Rachel Maddow to step up and defend Congressman Weiner.
Here she is on her show with Weiner himself, sitting there earnestly as Weiner looks her right straight in the eye and lies through his teeth – and lies and lies and lies. The photo under discussion – of a nekkid Weiner – has the then-Congressman saying he “can’t say with certitude” that’s him in the picture. “People get hacked all the time” he says with bland assurance that “this is what life is like in social media.” Rachel is particularly impressed that Weiner has “hired a firm to get to the bottom of this.”
The “bottom of this” has been reached. As reported by the Washington Examiner.
“After losing in the court of public opinion for years, on Monday former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison by a federal judge for sexting with a 15-year old girl. The husband of longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Weiner’s habit of engaging women in sexual relationships online has played out publicly since he was forced to resign after attempting to cover one such relationship up back in 2011.”
Whatever else this says about Weiner it speaks volumes about Rachel’s gullibility. There she is sympathetically giving Weiner six minutes of air time to completely and totally lie to her, her viewers, his constituents and, not so coincidentally, wife Huma Abedin. The latter of whom is now divorcing him.
This is exactly the mindset that was exhibited by Hillary Clinton in the 1990’s when all the allegations about her presidential husband surfaced and the then-First Lady took to the set of NBC’s Today Show to insist that the real story was the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that was making up Bill Clinton-the-womanizer conspiracy theories. Oops.
The Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold says this six-minute segment of Rachel spinning conspiracy theories about a Weiner hacking is his favorite from Rachel World. No wonder. The real question here is how does someone this gullible have a show spinning phony conspiracies in the first place?
Only NBC knows.