The Puritan Press

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 7 2011 @ 10:32am


Dan Savage live-slogged the Weiner press conference:

[H]ere's the inevitable "professional help" question: Is he going to seek professional help. Because horniness is an illness. …

A reporter asks if Weiner was drinking or using drugs—if he has a problem—because the only way a man could get caught up in online flirting/sexting relationships is if he had a drinking problem. This desire to pathologize behavior that isn't sick—that is, indeed, very common—is completely pathological. Wiener does not have a problem. He has a computer. The whole world has Wiener's problem: same old horniness, brand new box.

Another reporter points out that the woman were young—some as young as 21. So now Weiner's a pedophile. For flirting with adults.

A reader points out something I missed about the guy who shouted, "Were you fully erect?":

I'm guessing you're not a Stern fan, otherwise you might have picked out Bejny Bronk (a writer and sometimes on-air schtick purveyor for The Howard Stern Show) as the shouter of the last question. While I agree that the media's treatment of this incident has been silly, to say the least, you can't really call Benjy part of the press. He's actually known for being disruptive at such events and using it for fodder to goof on the media.

I guess I didn't find his question entirely out of context given the rest of the presser. Footage of his antics here. Screenshot via Newsweek's tumblr.