Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's theatrical temper
tantrum rant on the House floor Thursday night, against supposed
Republican obstructionism, animated cable news on Friday and Friday
night ABC and NBC elevated it to legitimate news as they imputed great
meaning to it as genuine frustration with congressional gridlock. ABC
anchor Diane Sawyer announced:
Every now and then, someone seems to express the nation's frustration with the endless wrangling and delay in Congress. And we thought you might like to hear New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. He wanted a vote last night on a $7.4 billion bill, aid for the sick police and firemen who raced to ground zero to rescue people.
Viewers were then treated to more than a minute of Weiner screaming "the gentleman will observe regular order!" and "the gentleman is wrong! The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues, rather than doing the right thing. It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans, rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes! It is a shame! A shame!"
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here  to follow him on Twitter.