A number of critics noted that Jon Stewart appeared to be soft on his show last night when talking about Rep. Anthony Weiner and the revelation that Weiner had sent a lewd photo to a woman online and then vehemently denied having done so.
For example, the headline at Mediaite.com read, "Rep Weiner Gets a Freebie: Jon Stewart Reflects on How Ripped His Friend Is."
And then Mediaite wrote, "Talk about friends in high places: Rep. Anthony Weiner spent the day telling the media that he had lied to them and his constituents, and that he routinely sent racy pictures of himself to young women. While this is the sort of story that typically has the ‘Daily Show’ writers licking their chops, tonight Jon Stewart went easy on his old friend, harping on how ‘ripped’ his chest is instead of the fact that he called the police on journalists looking for answers.
And Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker wrote, "Jon Stewart may have been the only television news commentator in America on Monday who did not pounce on Rep. Anthony Weiner and beat him up verbally for admitting he lied about his Twitter gaffe. Stewart was in an awkward position, having acknowledged last week that Weiner is an old friend, but even so, his restraint was striking."
We report, you decide. Here’s the video clip from Stewart’s "The Daily Show":