MSNBC's Cenk Uygur made an on air admission Tuesday that might not only raise some of his boss's eyebrows but could also make a few ex-girlfriends very unhappy.
As he defended Congressman Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) handling of the sex scandal that's riveted the nation for more than a week, Uygur said to his guests, "You know how many times when I was single, and I had girlfriends, you know how many times I lied to them?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CENK UYGUR: When you get into some sort of sexual issue whether it’s the sexting or whether it was Bill Clinton with the intern, you know what you do? You lie, okay? Nobody comes out and says, “Oh, by the way, I’d like to tell you all the terrible things that I’ve done sexually," okay? Nobody in the history of mankind has ever done that, okay?
So, I mean, he lied. So what? You know how many times when I was single, and I had girlfriends, you know how many times I lied to them? Okay? What does that make me not responsible on any other issue?
Well, if your stock in trade is your trustworthiness - say, for instance, you're a political commentator on a cable news network - then being a serial liar would appear to make you unsuitable for the position.
On the other hand, since telling the truth doesn't appear to be a requirement for employment at MSNBC, maybe the ability to seem sincere when you're lying to someone's face is considered a valuable attribute at this so-called news organization.
His bosses might actually be pleased with this revelation.
Who knows - he might even get a raise.