New York City’s two most prominent tabloids continued to give extensive coverage Thursday to the latest online sex scandal to envelop mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, although the newspapers took different approaches.
The Daily News continued to blast Weiner’s candidacy, blaring in its front page headline: “God Help N.Y. If He’s Mayor.” On Wednesday, The Daily News joined the editorial boards of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in calling on Weiner to exit the race.
The New York Post, meanwhile, shifted the scandal’s focus to Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin. In a nod to Weiner’s infamous online sexting pseudonym, the Post wondered “what’s wrong” with Abedin, asserting that the longtime Hillary Clinton aide is “no saint either” and claiming that she colluded with her husband while drawing sympathy from the public. While Weiner has drawn scorn for his exploits, Abedin has been widely praised.
The Post’s surprisingly tame reaction on Wednesday to the Weiner scandal was a surprise to a public that’s grown accustomed to seeing suggestive puns on the tabloid’s front page.
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