The new DNC chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, robotically insisted this was a "private matter" to CBS and CNN, and both networks let her get away with it. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came on CBS's "Face the Nation," and Bob Schieffer couldn't even ask a single question about it.
As for comment from Republicans: Who cared what they thought?
Unlike Lauer five years ago, NBC's Meredith Vieira insisted on June 2 that Weiner (SET ITAL) remained (END ITAL) a "rising star" of the Democrats. "This guy is a rising star in this state, especially in the city of New York, considered a front-runner for the next mayoral campaign. He talks about the personal toll this is taking on his marriage. What about the political toll?"
Chuck Todd said Weiner's evasions were "odd" and "un-Weiner-like," then he added something odd. He said, "We all know he's probably answering tougher questions at home than he is in the dozen interviews he did yesterday."
They even admit they're coddling him.
The media's lack of outrage was made more obvious the next morning, when Vieira asked "Meet the Press'" David Gregory if other Democrats could have problems "if this story continues to have legs."
Gregory didn't really see any legs: "There are still some outstanding questions about who sent the picture, was it him? I think if obviously something else comes to light, it's going to keep that story in the headlines. If not, I think he'll successfully be able to move past it."
Notice how supposedly hardened journalists at NBC blatantly tells us on TV they aren't actively seeking out "something else" and are willing to usher Weiner right past his scandal? All the networks were trying to let this story die. None of them discussed it on the Sunday shows. The only obstacle was Team Breitbart.
The liberal media claim to oppose the ascension of stupid politicians. But as Weinergate proves, they actually enable stupid politicians when the stupid ones are liberals. They are not the enforcers of political ethics and personal character. They're just a reflexive partisan mob.