Hillary Weiner edition: There are a few basic facts to keep in mind about the celebrity press corps.
In the end, these people just aren’t very smart. Nor do they have any real interest in any serious topic.
This explains why they should be forced to stick very closely to traditional journalistic procedures.
Last night, Erin Burnett opened her program with a segment which seemed extra dumb even to us. To us, her premise seemed a bit puzzling:
She wanted to know whether Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal “could affect [Hillary] Clinton's potential 2016 presidential bid, as some have claimed.”
Does that supposition make any sense? We aren’t bullish on Clinton’s prospects to win the general election if she gets the Dem nomination. That said, the race will take place in 2016—and according to both our calendars, it’s now 2013!
According to our mathematics division, that means the election in question is more than three years away!
Presumably, Weiner will be defeated in Gotham next month. Three years later, does anyone think that the White House race will turn on the sexting scandal? Especially since the alleged connection to Clinton involves the fact that Weiner’s wife was once a Clinton aide?
That struck us as a massive stretch. But Burnett was willing to go there!
Burnett’s first question went to pseudo-conservative Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner. As she started, she described a full page ad from a Gotham sports club:
BURNETT (7/29/13): Tim, let me start with you. Even if Wiener were to drop out today, the jokes borne from this scandal are likely to last a lot longer.She had to say that they didn't even spell “Wiener!” Apparently, that's in her contract!
I mean, just this morning I woke up to, this full page ad from the New York Sports Club, “The New York Post.” This is my picture I took on my new phone. “Carlos Danger, we give extra attention to our members, too.” I have to say they didn't even spell the word “Wiener.”
They used the same ad in the Boston Globe. And a reader of the Globe tweeted out that picture.
Wiener has dropped from first place to last place in the New York City race. His campaign manager has dropped out. Obviously, bad press for him, his wife—but the Clintons too. Do you buy it, that the Clintons only care on a personal basis not professionally?
At any rate, that was Burnett's first question. Carney agreed to pretend that he maybe didn’t buy that the Clintons don't care. (“Well, I do think that it does bring back the memories of Bill Clinton. Everybody is talking about it...”)
Carney had nothing to say. Seeming to feel right at home, Burnett turned to Democratic strategist Kiki McLean, a long-suffering recipient of idiotic sexy-time cable questions:
BURNETT: Now Kiki, a lot of interest in the Weiner scandal has to do with Huma, frankly, and her connection to Hillary Clinton. That's just the way it is. You can't ignore it. When you listen to what Hillary Clinton said about her husband's scandal versus what Huma Abedin said about Anthony Wiener, there are some eerie similarities. Here they are...“That's just the way it is,” Burnett frankly announced. “You can't ignore it.”
Burnett played tape of Clinton and Clinton on that 60 Minutes program from early 1992 (sic). Then, she popped her question to Kiki:
BURNETT: Kiki, how does replaying that specific moment of Hillary and Bill Clinton, which frankly a lot of people have forgotten—I mean, that moment on the couch. How does that not hurt Hillary Clinton?Did you follow the logic there? Because she had nothing else to discuss, Burnett played tape of the Clintons from early 1992. She then asked a Democratic consultant how it doesn’t hurt Hillary Clinton when she does dumb shit like that.
No, Virginia. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal isn’t going to play a key role in the 2016 campaign. But Erin Burnett had nothing to say and she had a full hour to kill.
Carney and McLean pretended to hold a discussion, and then it was mercifully time for a break. Signing off, Erin Burnett wanted to know what we think:
“Let us know, everyone, what you think, whether you think the Anthony Wiener scandal will hurt Hillary Clinton or not.”
CNN viewers swelled with pride. Erin Burnett wanted to know what we the people think!
Burnett is very rich. She’s also an empty vessel. She cares about nothing, has nothing to say. For that reason, she tends to kill time on topics like this.
Breaking! This is the way a large part of your “press corps” intersects with the world. It really isn’t a good idea to give these people license to start making up facts (while withholding other facts) about the most significant matters confronting the American people and the human race.
These people tend to be empty vessels. They really shouldn’t be given the task of inventing a whole nation’s facts.