Of all networks to go on to accuse Fox News hosts of faux anger, Anthony Weiner chose MSNBC. You know, MSNBC--home to Ed Schultz, who into his mid-40s was a Republican, and who described himself as a "fresh conservative voice" in seeking a GOP congressional nomination. MSNBC. Keith Olbermann's hang-out, the man whose stagey histrionics have made him a laughingstock even at his sister network's Saturday Night Live.
Weiner made his allegation in the course of responding to Mika Brzezinski, who asked whether he regretted "losing it" on the House floor last week in a vein-popping diatribe that became an instant YouTube classic. Said Mika savvily: "Come on. You've been on television. You understand how it all works. You knew it would be all over the place. Do you regret losing it?"
An unrepentant Weiner, rather than apologizing for his televised tirade, chose to point the finger at Fox.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: You knew. Come on. You've been on television. You understand how it all works. You knew it would be all over the place. Do you regret losing it?
ANTHONY WEINER: . . . You know what? Sometimes things make you angry and I don't have any regret for showing my anger. I think too -- we live in a life you know -- you've got people over at Fox News making millions of dollars acting angry when they're not. And I think too often we in politics, things that make us angry we should show they're angry, and it wasn't anything more than a spontaneous demonstration of what I think is a real point.