Anthony Weiner to Resign: How the Networks Are Covering
Rep. Anthony Weiner is expected to resign Thursday following weeks of criticism after he sent nearly-nude photos of himself to women on Twitter.
He will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET.
ABC News will air a special report when Weiner holds his news conference to announce his resignation. George Stephanopoulos will anchor from ABC News Headquarters in New York. He will be joined by ABC News senior political correspondent Jon Karl and 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo. Stephanopoulos also appeared Thursday morning on The View to discuss the Weiner news as well as the field of GOP presidential candidates.
NBC News will provide affilicates with an optional special report anchored by Brian Williams. MSNBC will also cover the press conference live on both TV and its website.
CNN will take Weiner's press conference live. Wolf Blitzer will anchor it, along with John King and Gloria Borger, the network confirmed to THR.
The embattled Democratic Representative told friends he would step down after facing controversy for sending nearly-nude photos of himself to six women on Twitter, the New York Times first reported. Multiple media outlets broke coverage shortly after to report similar stories.
Weiner reportedly spoke with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday to announce his decision.
He had become the butt of late-night jokes for his raunchy text messages, which ABC News first reported. The net paid one of the women Weiner corresponded with between $10,000 and $15,000 to license the photos, texts and messages, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed earlier this month.
House Speaker John Boehner told Fox News he had not yet received a resignation letter early Thursday, but that once he did, it could be read on the House floor. A resignation would mean New York would hold a special election to replace him.
Weiner's photo and text indiscretions (he is married to longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who is pregnant) sparked the Twitter trending phrase #Weinergate.
The Weinergate scandal erupted earlier this month when Weiner said his Twitter account had been hacked after a 21-year-old college student said she received a photo of a man in grey briefs and nothing else -- which was posted on Andrew Breitbart's blog, BigGovernment.com. When asked on MSNBC if the photo was him, Weiner said, "You know, I can't say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted."
A few days later, he held a press conference to apologize and admitted that it was indeed him the photo. Later, more explicit text messages and photos were released on various networks, including several shirtless ones that were reportedly taken in the U.S. House of Representatives gym.