Reihan Salam Slaps Down Stephanie Miller's Hackish Defense of Weiner

On Wednesday's Erin Burnett OutFront, lefty radio host Stephanie Miller tried to be funny while downplaying Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal as just an eighth-grade stunt and a "guy thing."

"Which middle school did you go to, Stephanie?" conservative CNN contributor Reihan Salam shot her down. And host Erin Burnett wouldn't have Miller's hackery, either: "I got to say, Stephanie, I beg to differ with you. This is pretty bizarre."

When asked by Burnett if she believed Weiner's apology for sending lewd photos of himself over Twitter to a woman not his wife and then lying to cover it all up, Miller had brushed it off:

"I guess so. You know, Erin, it seems to me he wasn't really – he didn't really do anything in terms of actual infidelity. He was sort of convicted of being in eighth grade. I don't know. It just seems to me like it's more of a guy thing than a partisan thing."

Miller laughably tried to continue diminishing Weiner's scandal. "I just think it's a guy thing and people are like, well, all right, if his wife forgives him, I guess I do."

Below is a transcript of the segment, which aired on Erin Burnett OutFront on May 22 at 7:47 p.m. EDT:

ERIN BURNETT: Stephanie, do you buy that apology? Second chance for Mr. Weiner?

STEPHANIE MILLER, radio talk show host: I guess so. You know, Erin, it seems to me he wasn't really – he didn't really do anything in terms of actual infidelity. He was sort of convicted of being in eighth grade. I don't know. It just seems to me like it's more of a guy thing than a partisan thing.

REIHAN SALAM, CNN contributor: Which middle school did you go to, Stephanie?

MILLER: I somehow can't picture like Hillary Clinton sitting at the State Department going who wants to see a picture of my foggy bottom? You know, I just think it's a guy thing and people are like, well, all right, if his wife forgives him, I guess I do.

DEAN OBEIDALLAH, comedian: As a comedian, I'm ecstatic. I think most comedians are very happy about this.

BURNETT: This is going to be the gift that keeps giving. Headlines have just written themselves for a year, thank you Mr. Weiner.

OBEIDALLAH: But he stumbled right out of the gate. He should not have done a YouTube video. He should have tweeted his announcement, showing a picture of himself wearing pants, going, look, I've learned. I can wear pants now and I've learned how to tweet. Because that's what  his downfall was, Twitter. Show people you can use it. And I think people are forgiving, frankly. But you know, the poll numbers are mixed. He's got $4 million in the bank. But half of New Yorkers don't want him to be mayor.

BURNETT: You know, Reihan, this is a case for men changing their name. He should have changed his name from Weiner to Abedin and maybe this wouldn't be as big of a story. I just want to play some of his denials with these lewd photos. I got to say, Stephanie, I beg to differ with you. This is pretty bizarre. But you know what? Forgiveness can happen.

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014