Larry Mantle

Anthony Weiner admits he lied

I’ve just watched the Congressman’s news conference in which he admitted sending sexually-explicit photos, and engaging in inappropriate online conversations, with several young women.  Much of the criticism of Congressman Weiner will undoubtedly relate to his lack of judgment from carrying on with the women.  However, I think his bigger challenge is recovering from his inept and bald-faced attempt at covering it up.

Congressman Weiner went so far as to lie to his supposed friend Jon Stewart, and a cavalcade of journalists, that he had sent the crotch shot that started the whole coverage.   He further allowed the young woman in suburban Seattle who received the photo to be hung out to dry as she issued a statement downplaying the event.

I don’t see how an elected official recovers credibility when he’s forced to admit he lied.  I wonder what would’ve happened had he first admitted the photo was his and that he had sent it to the woman.  He could’ve admitted that he had done this before and that this was a wake-up call that he needed to stop.

Do you think that would’ve destroyed his career, or would voters have been willing to forgive actions in his personal life with which they might disapprove?  I don’t see how his political career can continue much longer, given the very public display of deception he carried out last week.  However, I wonder if he might have survived an honest disclosure up front.

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, David Lazarus will be filling in for me.  What’s notable is that it will be the first day of our fiscal year-end member drive.  I’ve never missed a day of on-air fundraising (as you might be painfully aware), and it won’t be easy to miss Tuesday.  I’m very emotionally invested in the success of KPCC’s member drives.

I’ll be off so that I can watch my son Desmond sing in the musical performance that ends the academic year at his school.  This was a very tough decision for me, but I’m sure nothing approaching the extreme demands between home and work that many listeners face.  I’m fortunate that such a conflict is rare, and that I have the option to miss work without losing my job.  Of course, in this economy, I’m fortunate to even have a job.

I’d like to know how you balance priorities between important work and family events, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to make such decisions and not have them made for you.  If you’re deeply invested in the success of a critical event at your work and, at the same time, feel the need to be with your family, how do you prioritize?



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