Thursday 23 November 2017

Weiner vows to stay in mayor race as New York media delights in mockery

The New Yorker cover
The New Yorker cover
The New York Post's front cover from last week
The New York Post's cover

Anthony Weiner has vowed to stay in the race for New York City mayor despite the resignation of his campaign manager.

Mr Weiner confirmed yesterday that campaign manager Danny Kedem resigned the day before after reports surfaced that Mr Weiner continued to exchange lewd photos and messages with women despite resigning from Congress in 2011 over the same behaviour.

Mr Weiner says he has an "amazing staff" but that his campaign "isn't about the people working on the campaign".

Mr Weiner was forced to discuss his online behaviour after a gossip website printed excerpts of conversations he had with Indiana college student Sydney Leathers last summer.

Mr Weiner apologised and promised that the "behaviour is behind me".

He later admitted that he traded racy messages with at least three women since leaving office.

Meanwhile, New York's media has come out swinging for the former Congressman. The tabloids have been taking daily digs at Weiner and headline writers have been delighting in puns. And while there has been no shortage of outstanding candidates, no publication has topped the New Yorker's provocative cover this week.

Weiner is shown as King Kong in a classic pose from the movie. Rather than scaling the Empire State Building to escape the attentions of humans, he's depicted taking a self portrait while holding the building's huge spike. 

“With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn’t already personally breached?” said artist John Cuneo, who created the cover. “Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the iconic image of him straddling it.”

“And then Weiner sexting, his head tilted and looking a certain way — I just stumbled upon the image as I was sketching. But all I could think about while working on this piece was, ‘Will Weiner still be in the race by the time it runs?,’” Cuneo wrote.

Other publications have been a little less subtle. The New York Post has been particularly scathing with their front covers over the last couple of weeks.

The paper's editors have delighted in sending up Weiner as he seeks damage limitation from his latest sexting controversy.

The paper has delighted in lampooning Weiner since the sexting scandal first broke in 2011, but a recent page one saw the paper reducing Weiner to 'Hard Numbers'.

In terms of tabloid coverage, however, the Daily News cover will take some beating. The headline announced that Weiner's repeating sexting offences was the 'Same old schlomg and dance'.

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