When someone like former New York mayoral hopeful and technology enthusiast Anthony Weiner comes along to offer help, anyone could be forgiven for declining.
But what if you were going through something that Weiner might actually be able to relate to? Maybe hearing him out won't hurt.
Unfortunately, that's not the case. Weiner has a column in the New York Daily News in which he purports to have advice for Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) on "how to get along with reporters." Grimm is the congressman who on Tuesday threatened to throw a reporter over a balcony for asking about an ongoing investigation of his campaign finances.
"As someone who has had his own share of tension with local media about, ahem, different subjects — I may have something to add to the conversation," Weiner writes, with a little wink to his sexting scandal, as if anyone reading might have wondered what qualified him to comment on a P.R. crisis.
Weiner's advice comes in three parts:
1. "If you don’t want to talk about a scandal in which you’re embroiled, whatever that scandal may be, maybe it’s best that you don’t do interviews for a while. For that matter, you may not want to attend community meetings, visit your office or go a sporting event." Essentially, Weiner is advising that Grimm withdraw from public. That might be difficult considering he's a congressman who works for the public.
2. "If you don’t want to talk about your fund-raising scandal, maybe just maybe don’t have one to begin with." Why didn't Grimm think of that?
3. "If you ignore the first two rules, try answering the questions posed to you, calmly." Insightful.
That's it. That's the help Weiner has to offer.
P.R. consultation clearly isn't Weiner's forte. Though you'd think it'd be a natural fit.
But there are plenty of other subjects he might consider advising on. He could give those a try.