Katie Couric Wonders if the Weiner Saga is a ‘Legit News Story’

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Tim Graham at Newsbusters:

…on her Twitter page on Thursday, Couric tweeted: “I’m curious if anybody thinks this Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal is a legit news story or just fodder for late-night comedians…thoughts?”

Do you think she really wonders why her ratings were so low?

We didn’t have time to find out if Rep. Chris Lee’s shirtless Craigslist photo would have been news to Couric, because the Republican resigned quickly — something Weiner apparently doesn’t have the dignity or party pressure to do. Couric did report Lee’s resignation, however.

How come Couric didn’t ask anybody if this was a “legit news story” before airing it?

(CBS) Suri Cruise, the offspring of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, finally made her public debut Tuesday night when Katie Couric showed pictures of the 4-month-old girl during her first night as anchor of the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric.

But a married member of Congress alleged to have sent a picture of his junk to a female student — either that or had his account hacked (sure) — might not be a legit story?

Anderson Cooper has a question for Katie:

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Don’t sweat it, Katie — the question is rhetorical.

(h/t Free Republic)

President Obama Promotes First Lady’s Healthy ‘Food Plate’ Initiative

Yesterday Michelle Obama announced the replacement for the “food pyramid,” which is the USDA’s “Food Plate.” The First Lady said the $2 million chart is part of a renewed push to get people to make healthier food choices.

When Michelle says “jump” the president says “how high!” We know this because President Obama was out of the gate in a hurry today doing his best to promote his wife’s latest health initiative:

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Is that on the Michelle’s “Food Plate”? It is now:

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Jack Kevorkian Dies

Years ago, I met Jack Kevorkian. It was “in passing,” but I did shake his hand and speak with him very briefly. He was cordial and so was I, but all I can remember thinking was how creepy it would be to sit in his rusty VW van… even creepier if he was hooking up IVs. “Death with dignity” isn’t what came to mind.

In any case, Kevorkian has died:

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the central figure in the tumultuous national drama surrounding assisted suicide, died Friday in a Michigan hospital. He was 83 and lived in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Keep in mind that Kevorkian’s death was confirmed by lawyer and serial weasel Geoffrey Feiger, which means I will forever remain skeptical of the veracity of the claim.

By acting like he enjoyed it way too much, Kevorkian was his own worst enemy when it came to arguing in favor of “physician assisted suicide.” Look at him here a few years ago with his contraption — he’s beaming like a proud grandfather posing with his newborn grandson or something:

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He leaves behind a van, some syringes and the most macabre paintings this side of Rob Zombie’s basement.

Romney’s In… Again

Is it just me, or does it seem like this is about the sixth time this year Mitt Romney has announced he’s running for president?

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has entered the race to be the Republican candidate for US president in 2012, saying President Barack Obama has “failed America”.

Mr Romney blamed Mr Obama for the economic woes frustrating voters, like federal spending and unemployment during a speech in New Hampshire.

If elected, he said he would make the US the world’s top job creator.

Team Obama couldn’t be more thankful.

Am I seriously expected to vote for somebody who once made Ted Kennedy smile like this?

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Mitt Romney can say the right things — today’s speech is one example — but I’m more interested in what he does than says.

Some of Mitt’s thunder is being stolen today though, because Sarah Palin is also in New Hampshire.

Update: The DNC’s getting some mileage out of the “Mitt and Sarah both in New Hampshire” situation:

Thursday Weiner Roast; Update: Weiner’s Office Calls Cops on Reporter (Video)

Consider this our open thread for any Weiner news today. Or if the very thought of it is starting to make you ill, feel free to talk about anything else.

Founding Bloggers has a story about somebody who demonstrated how Weiner might not have actually sent the picture (apparently there’s a security flaw in the Twitter/yfrog interaction). Weiner defenders are embracing that as proof he didn’t do it, when in fact it’s just a possible reason he might not have done it — big difference. None of that explains why he wouldn’t know if that’s him in the picture.

If it says anything about Weiner’s personality, his career’s on the line and yet he’s obsessing over how many Twitter followers he has:

And I’ve asked internet security to take a look at my private internet feed. my private twitter feed that has 45,000 followers, more than Michele Bachmann, I want to point that out, I finally passed her.

Well I guess Bachmann had better get a crotch shot out there asap so she can re-take the lead!

MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch said that Weiner should have been “very honest” about the whole thing and… lied.

Michelle Malkin was on Hannity last night and told Weiner to fess up or shut up, and also correctly pointed out that Weiner’s worst enemy in all this is… Weiner.

Notice that Fox News has a “Weinergate” logo too:

Yes, people like Anthony Weiner are in positions of power and actually control the destiny of the United States. Sleep well, America.

Update: The latest developments, if you will, from Founding Bloggers.

Update II: Gee, ya think the stress is getting to Weiner and his staff? Errr, I should say, his staffers

(h/t JWF)

Governor Christie Takes State Helicopter to Son’s Baseball Game

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A certainty in life — in addition to death and taxes — is that a politician who seems to be on the right track in promoting a leaner, more responsible, less hypocritical government will inevitability do something like this:

A brand-new State Police helicopter was Gov. Chris Christie’s ride of choice yesterday as he traveled to and from his son’s baseball game in Bergen County.

His office won’t say where he came from or where he went afterward. But about an hour and 10 minutes after leaving the game, Christie arrived, by car, at the governor’s mansion in Princeton to meet with a group of Iowa businessmen trying to recruit him for a presidential run.
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As the game at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale was about to begin, a noise from above distracted the spectators who watched the 55-foot-long helicopter buzz over the trees in left field, circle the outfield and land in an adjacent football field. Christie left the helicopter and got into a black car with tinted windows that drove him about 100 yards to the baseball field. The governor watched from the bleachers as his eldest son, Andrew, played starting catcher for Delbarton School. Christie played the position of catcher in high school as well.

There are groups of people begging Christie to run for president, but if he can’t see (or worse, doesn’t care) that stuff like this presents the wrong imagery maybe he’s better off staying in Jersey.

Taking a state copter to a baseball game and then jumping in a sedan to be driven the final 100 yards? Come on, Governor — this is the kind of stuff we mock limo lib politicians for doing.

Charles Rangel Stands Behind Anthony Weiner, Which is Certainly Safer Than Standing in Front of Him

At the moment, there can be no more welcome news for besieged Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-icktweet) than to hear that a beacon of integrity and ethics like Charles Rangel coming to his defense:

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D., N.Y.) tells NRO that he stands behind Rep. Anthony Weiner “100 percent” as the Twitter drama unfolds in Washington.

Rangel, who has been beset by scandalous charges in recent years, says that Weiner is likely the victim of a smear campaign. “It’s some kind of political game they’re playing,” he says. “I don’t know who did it, but that’s what they’re doing.”

That settles it then. Weiner definitely did something wrong.

Update: In a desperate attempt to make me confuse Anthony Weiner with Charlie Sheen, a porn star/stripper has come to the defense of Weiner.

Update II: Maybe Anthony and Charlie should team up for a live show — the “Violent Weiner of Truth” tour.

Update III: No matter how fun the jokes can be, let’s not forget the real reason Anthony Weiner is to be laughed at:

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Uh huh.

Update IV: The funny just keeps on coming: Weiner now claims he “can’t say with certitude” if the crotch picture was of him. Jeez, how many guys in their underwear were at Weiner’s house that night? Seems like he’d at least recognize the skivvies. You’ve got to look at a lot of crotch shots to forget what your own looks like.

Oddly enough though, he’s still sticking to the “hacker” story:

Update V: Remember who officiated Weiner’s wedding?

MSNBC Host: Palin’s Bus Tour ‘Illegal’

Look on the plus side: Sarah Palin has managed to get the left all wee-wee’d up about American flag etiquette:

The level of desperation to criticize anything about Palin is so high that this is almost like an SNL skit, except funnier.

Update: New angle: “How’s this trip being paid for? HMM!?” Often the media don’t understand the difference between public and private funds — this is one of those times.

Update II: Bashir probably didn’t mind that Obama used a flag on his bus in 2008.

(h/t JWF)