Derek Hunter

You’ve undoubtedly seen the big news from this week, but here are a few things you might have missed.

Advice for Rep. Weiner from Someone Who Knows Controversy

If you haven’t heard by now about Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account being hacked and lewd picture of...hmm, how to put this delicately...his last name, so to speak, was sent to a 21 year old college student you’re probably Amish, in which case you shouldn’t be online. WeinerGate, as it’s come to be known, has been burning up the cable news networks and blogs all week. I won’t bore you with my opinion on it since you’ve undoubtedly read a dozen others, but I would like to point out one of the most surreal and absurd moments of WeinerGate that I’ve seen. It happened, naturally, on MSNBC on Thursday night when, sitting in for the vacationing (READ: suspended) Ed Schultz, the arbiter of all things good and decent Reverend Al Sharpton offered some advice for the embattled Congressman.

I kid you not when I say the Rev. Al started the segment by saying “As someone who’s been through his share of controversy, I have some crisis management advice to offer Congressman Anthony Weiner.” Seriously, he just dismissed his whole career: Tawana Brawley, Crown Heights, enough episodes of anti-semitism to make War and Peace look like a leaflet and playing the race card like it’s a Olympic Event and he’s going for the gold; Sharpton casually brushed it all of as “his share of controversy.”

There’s no need to rehash all of his greatest hits, and if you don’t know a good chunk of them already you are, as I said before, probably Amish. But to have him guest hosting The Ed Show, or any show for that matter, on MSNBC is yet another feather in the bias cap of that low-rated network. At this point, that bias cap’s feather collection is responsible for more plucked birds than Colonel Sanders.

Seriously, who thought having Rev. Al host ANYTHING was a good idea? Was the royalty charge for the test pattern graphic so high that not losing whatever credibility you have left as a news organization simply wasn’t worth it? What’s next, having a bloated white guy from South Dakota host a special called “The Black Agenda”? Oops, too late. Never mind.

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Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.