Weiner on being hacked: Hey, it happens; Update: GOP congressman calls for investigation; Update: Angry exchange with CNN

posted at 6:28 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, another bizarrely low-key reaction to what was, of course, an alleged crime, possibly motivated by espionage, committed against a sitting member of Congress. If you need to catch up quickly on this story, spend a few minutes with Bryan Preston’s rundown at PJM, Jonah Goldberg’s gloss at the Corner, and Peter Ingemi’s list of convenient “coincidences” in Weiner’s story. Here’s all you really need to know: If Weiner’s version of what happened is true, then the story’s actually a bigger deal than if it happened the way we think. If some hacker’s tooling around surreptitiously in his Twitter account, then he’d have access to all of Weiner’s “direct messages,” i.e. private communications, with other Twitter users. Hopefully Weiner’s not so stupid that he’d send sensitive government information via a DM, but maybe he is — and even if he isn’t, other members of Congress might be and they’re potential targets too. Alternately, if the left’s pet theory that this is some sort of deep deep right-wing undercover operation to embarrass Weiner is true, then the culprit deserves to be richly punished for what he/she has done. At a minimum, this guy’s marriage could be jeopardized by framing him this way; worse, now that the story’s caught on in the media, it’s bound to affect his prospects for running for mayor of NYC, which he’s been thinking about for awhile. Long story short, there’s no earthly reason for police not to investigate this, even if Weiner himself thinks it’s no big deal. It is a big deal — objectively, beyond argument, regardless of which side you’re on. How come Weiner seems to be the only person who doesn’t think so, such that as of this afternoon no criminal case had been initiated yet? If he thinks this is such a distraction from The Real Issues, isn’t the fastest way to get past it to punt it over to the cops and let them confirm that the hacking happened? And yes, those are rhetorical questions.

I’m actually surprised that he hasn’t yet settled on Tom Maguire’s theory for how this will all play out:

My Bold Prediction for where this is headed – Congressman Weiner won’t be filing a police report. One might think that hacking a Congressman’s account to smear him and sexualy harass his Twitter followers is a big deal, but it’s not like he is the governor of Alaska or anything. After a bit of scrambling Weiner will explain the absence of law enforcement by offering up a brother or cousin or college roommate who will claim to have crept onto the account and played this prank simply because Weiner jokes never get old. Har de har.

Bingo. Tomorrow or maybe Thursday, we’ll be told that Weiner knew who the hacker was all along, just an old frat brother who thought he’d play a rib-ticklin’ little gag on his old pal which (tee hee!) could actually have destroyed his otherwise promising political career. That’s something buddies do to each other all the time, you know — ruin each other’s marriages by illegally hacking into each other’s accounts and making it look like they’re sending crotch shots to 21-year-olds. If/when that spin finally hits the fan, remember that Maguire had it first.

One lingering question which gives me pause: Wasn’t the photo posted to Twitter via Weiner’s Yfrog account? If so — and I may sincerely be wrong about this — aren’t all photos on Yfrog publicly viewable, even if sent via “direct message”? That is to say, you could click over to Yfrog, search for Weiner’s account, and see every photo on there, even if he intended the pic to be viewed privately. If I’m right about that (and maybe I’m not), then the “Weiner sent the pic” theory requires you to believe that AW didn’t realize that and actually took the extreme risk of sending a compromising photo via a photo account he wasn’t sure was secure. That’s not impossible — the “Weiner sent the pic” theory already imagines him taking an extreme risk by DMing someone a racy pic from his congressional account — but I never figured him for being that stupid.

Update: The heat is on.

Florida Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns is demanding an investigation into cybersecurity issues raised by #Weinergate, saying it is vital to “ensure our national security.”…

“Although this particular incident is a matter for law enforcement, it clearly indicates that hacking is a serious problem and as Chairman it would be appropriate for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to examine the issue of cybersecurity to protect our privacy and to ensure our national security,” Stearns said in an email to The Daily Caller.

Stearns is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, a committee on which Weiner sits.

Update: Via Mediaite, full credit to CNN. They’re all over this. Make sure to watch to the end, where Dana Bash notes that the police still aren’t investigating — which almost certainly means Weiner hasn’t asked them to.

Update: The boss emeritus has a quasi-prediction of her own:

As a dedicated Twitter user myself, the most likely scenario is that Weiner himself mistakenly DM’ed (direct-messaged) the “prank” photo to the young woman in Seattle and intended it to be private. It takes just one wrong keystroke for a private DM to appear in one’s public timeline. (Allah wonders if Weiner would be so stupid as to post the photo through publicly-viewed Yfrog, but as we’ve seen from the recent bipartisan parade of — pardon my language — political wankers from Ensign and Edwards to Sanford, etc, etc, etc — politicians do supremely stupid things when they think with the wrong organ.

A second, but less likely, scenario is that someone with permission to post on Weiner’s account (most politicians have staffers who know the password to their bosses’ official Twitter accounts) tweeted the photo.

That spin would be even more convenient than Maguire’s; all he needs to do is convince some poor intern to take the fall. The one hitch is that Weiner’s “voice” shines through in his tweets; his account isn’t the usual boring congressional account where bland talking points get posted every few hours. It’s conversational, which creates the distinct impression that it really is him tweeting and not a staffer. (That’s one of the reasons so many people on Twitter follow him.) In fact, the NYT had a story about his Twitter habit just this morning in which it noted that “his Twitter personality is all him.” None of which is to say that it couldn’t have been an employee, just that it would be odd for a staffer to be messing around with his boss’s otherwise very personal account and doubly odd for him to be using it for something so risque.


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why should he anticipate real questions? he has “work he has to get back to” that is, giving the rest of us the shaft through things other than yfrog and twitter.

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Leave it to a Weiner to shift his position…

JetBoy on May 31, 2011 at 7:59 PM

well, hello young lady, you look like you have a little Jewish in you, eh?

Ummm, no congressman weiner, I don’t.

Hey hey! would ya like some?!

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:00 PM

that was an Adam Sandler cribbing

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I really don’t understand why AP and Ed are giving this guy any wiggle room on this story. Just listen to his answers during that press conference and you’ll know that he sent the picture; otherwise, he would just say, “No, I had nothing to do with sending that picture, but I’m damn sure going to find out who broke into my account.”

I’ll bet that this is just the tip of this iceberg with this guy. I think Breitbart should put out a bounty for any women to come forward who have been wooed by the Weiner.

kagai on May 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Shaking his Tweat: “I did not have textual relations with that woman!”

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:02 PM

When a Republican congressman shows up on line without a shirt, he resigns and a special election is held.

When Weiner shows up on line in his under shorts everybody says, Oh well, it’s just another liberal dirt bag Democrat, let’s move on.

This wormy little bum needs to called to task just like his Republican contemporary

rplat on May 31, 2011 at 8:02 PM

New Trend: “Weiner Tweet! Get Yer Weiner Tweets Here! No Questions asked! Getcha Weinah tweets While ya can”!

/I’ll pass, just thought it was funny

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 7:57 PM

To thoroughly honor the Alinsky message, I do believe that turnabout is fair play.

/Investments of NYC weiner flags are selling off the charts. Fresh plumped up Weiners. No condiments, they make him get itchty and touchy and stuff, and that’s not good.

It’s what we all prayed to happen to him in middle school. OMGLMFAO

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Shaking his Tweat: “I did not have textual relations with that woman!”

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:02 PM

think of how much she saved on her blue dress cleaning bill….

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Wonder what Jon Stewart will say about this

Nothing, unless it’s some lame snark aimed at Breitbart and the ‘right’ for making such a big deal of this.
No, the juice box generation’s primary news source will reserve his snotty, adolescent ‘humor’ for Sarah Palin’s bus tour.
The Narrative is paramount.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 31, 2011 at 7:45 PM

The old geezer Leno is still telling Chris Lee and David Vitter jokes. For Republicans, no scandal is too old when you are desperate for material.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

the NYC hot dog carts are just not going to be the same anymore #Beefy

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

When Sarah Palin’s e-mail account was hacked in 2008 she was demanding an FBI investigation (but then she wasn’t flkashing her private parts all over cyberspace).

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

It just gets better and better. Now Politico reports Twitter has emailed safety tips to Congress. LOL

GrannySunni on May 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Hopefully Weiner’s not so stupid that he’d send sensitive government information via a DM

*snicker*

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I signed up for yfrog just to see if you can send private pictures through a DM using yfrog/twitter, and I couldn’t figure out a way to send a DM through the yfrog account, but I noticed if you go to your followers page on yfrog and pick a follower, at the top of the page, it says “Send to [username]” (where [username] is the follower). If you click the button to upload a picture and send the message, it may seem like you are sending a DM (it does say “Send to” not “tweet with that users twitter handle tagged”), but you are really just tweeting the link to the picture with the @username tag of the follower. To say the least, the page is a bit confusing. While I did this on a computer and do not have a blackberry, I can only presume that the app on the blackberry may be somewhat misleading in the same fashion.

I also noticed that I can tweet from the yfrog page while I am NOT signed into twitter. Which means if this was a “hack,” the “hacker” would only need access to the yfrog account, not the twitter account AND the yfrog account.

Just a few interesting observations.

Jon Fezzik on May 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I was in second grade with Athony Weiner at P.S. 13.

He was a schmuckatelli.

I remember him. We all knew that he was going to rise to the challenge but we also knew what a schmuck he was.

Like throwing dodge balls at guy’s pants. Knocking over girls in gym.

But in math, science, social studies and history he stunk.

/Glad to get some revenge on ya, schmuckatelli.

And I speak the Truth. And, can prove it. Heh. Anthony Weiner. Queens, NYC. Ahhh the memories.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

First of all…..this story cannot be true.

Wiener would have to have one……..case closed.

PappyD61 on May 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Well done, CNN. Is he going deaf? Answer the damn question, Hornie McGee. Very bad advice from his retained counsel not to answer these questions.

RepubChica on May 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Oops P.S. 213

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 8:10 PM

“I did not have textual relations with that woman!”

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Ba da dum!

MNHawk on May 31, 2011 at 8:11 PM

John Wayne Bobbitt reports that getting your Weiner hacked HURTS!

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:12 PM

He’d be the first to take to MSNBC to bray about “GOP family values.”

He’d be the first to come up with some snarky partisan #hashtag and indulge in unfettered schadenfreude.

Perhaps pity is the best response.

#ifeelbadforhumaabedin

@michellemalkin.com

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:15 PM

From the new AP story by Andrew Miga which is now posted on AOL, Yahoo, Forbes, and a whole host of other news sites all around the country (it will be the first story that many people will read about this) and a story that is generally very sympathetic to Weiner, because it makes the basic presumption that he is the one who has been “wronged” . . . nevertheless, there is this graf:

. . .
The colorful and sometimes combative congressman who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens was characteristically sharp tongued, refusing to answer reporters’ questions about it, and even calling one a “jackass” for interrupting him. He insisted that he wanted to move on from the incident, which was distracting from his work on Capitol Hill. But there was no sign the story, or the speculation about who may have been responsible for tweeting the photo, was fading.
. . . . (my emphasis added).

Coupled with the CNN “let’s move on” clip posted earlier by Ed, this guy is starting to really lose the press, just as they are starting to cover it widely.

Calling a reporter a “jackass” may garner him some slight sympathy from unlikely sources (for him), but it will do nothing to persuade anyone that his “one-man-band effort” to attack the ethics of Justice Thomas somehow deserves more public attention than this does!

This one has real legs, and even if he convinced some dufus employee to take the fall at this point, his credibility would be completely shot.

Trochilus on May 31, 2011 at 8:15 PM

The liberal dilemma: Do we cover or uncover Weinergate?

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Where’s the beef?

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Very bad advice from his retained counsel not to answer these questions.

[RepubChica on May 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM]

I have an announcement to make. I’ve just hired counsel to advise me on taking advice from my other counsel.
— Anthony Weiner

Dusty on May 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

guilty

sbvft contributor on May 31, 2011 at 8:19 PM

The liberal dilemma: Do we cover or uncover Weinergate?

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

he may want to try and pull out of this story but I think, by his own hand, he has gone in balls deep….

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Wife – “Hey, why’d you send pictures of your junk to this girl in Seattle?”

Husband – “My account was hacked!”

Wife – “Why did you send a message to her before the picture was sent?”

Husband – “It was a prank!”

Wife – “Why do you have 40,000 followers but only follow girls in their 20′s?”

Husband – “Oh Sh*t!”

@biggovernment

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:23 PM

he may want to try and pull out of this story but I think, by his own hand, he has gone in balls deep….

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Real Weinergate hackers would not have sent a lame picture of an underwear bulge. It would require a fully functioning staff effort.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Come to think of it, his press guy said earlier that he hired a “lawyer” to help him sort through this matter . . . I wonder if the lawyer gave him the advice to, at the first opportunity, single out one persistent reporter and call him a “jackass.”

Heh!

No . . . I think that is the sign of an extremely arrogant man who is just plain losing it!

Trochilus on May 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

One lingering question which gives me pause: Wasn’t the photo posted to Twitter via Weiner’s Yfrog account? If so — and I may sincerely be wrong about this — aren’t all photos on Yfrog publicly viewable, even if sent via “direct message”? That is to say, you could click over to Yfrog, search for Weiner’s account, and see every photo on there, even if he intended the pic to be viewed privately. If I’m right about that (and maybe I’m not), then the “Weiner sent the pic” theory requires you to believe that AW didn’t realize that and actually took the extreme risk of sending a compromising photo via a photo account he wasn’t sure was secure. That’s not impossible — the “Weiner sent the pic” theory already imagines him taking an extreme risk by DMing someone a racy pic from his congressional account — but I never figured him for being that stupid.

If Weiner didn’t realize that i.e. that all photos on Yfrog are publicly viewable then obviously he didn’t realize he was taking a risk.

Sharrukin @ on May 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM has it right. Weiner was in lust. Too much blood was running to the object of the photo for him to realize his mistake. Four minutes later when he recovered his equilibrium he tried to cover for the mistake produced by his lust.

He now attempts to cover his tracks by claiming it’s no big deal but that’s not what he was thinking when he photographed it.

If he was a Republican he would have resigned by now. He should be driven from office- not because of his lust but because of his lies.

And the last thing we need is people who purport to be on our side putting forward illogical reasons as to why he didn’t do what we all know he did.

Basilsbest on May 31, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Weiner should have stayed up for the Boxer brief.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:25 PM

why no h/t for Ace?

ginaswo on May 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Weiner was simply proving that he was a member of Congress. This is an issue all members of Congress will be able to grasp with both hands and shake out every last drop of embarrassment from the guilty member.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:30 PM

“Let me tell you, I never had sex with that Miss Lewinsky…”

The more things go around the come around.

Don L on May 31, 2011 at 8:38 PM

http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/08_13/weiner.jpg

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Weiner is a cyber teabagger.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Weiner needs to figure out pretty quickly which story he is going to use…Tom’s or Michelle’s. Cause he is guilty and his story is falling apart.

Sue on May 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

BREAKING: Breitbart recruits ex-Sen Larry Craig to investigate Weinergate – “Best man to get to top & bottom of matter”

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

MORE: ‘Kaboom! Anthony Weiner Scandal Explodes!’ Breitbart interviewed on CNN, and followed by asshat Jeffrey Toobin. The guy’s a tool.

Donald Douglas on May 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

why no h/t for Ace?

ginaswo on May 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

He was hardly the only blogger working on this. I was following Lee Stranahan and he did an excellent job.

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Weiner snubbed TPM. Some of the comments, twinged with fear, desperation, paranoia and delusion, are priceless, but the more excitable commenters fall into two schools.

First school is the make sh*t up and hope it isn’t true school:

Its already been proven that the photo was photoshopped plus he is going to possibly file criminial charges if he can so why should he comment on it until the whole thing is over. I dont blame him that he doesnt want to get into it until all the facts are out and the disugsting people behind this are caught. I hate that Fox news and other right wing online people are trying make this look like he its true because he wont tallk about it. If the media would spend more time trying to find the right wing wacko’s behind this instead of chasing him down to comment then they would be doing their jobs.

LOLz.

The second is far more entertaining – the evil criminal “Captain Ahab Breitbart did it” school:

You people have got to be kidding me!!!! CNN, You here at TPM, and it goes without saying about the other Right-wing media outlets. I used to thing CNN was a legitimate news outlet….but that was such a long time ago, and please TPM….tell me you are not buying into this crap with Breitbart’s name even remotely mentioned. MSM are embarrassing themselves over this, at the extent to which you are taking it seriously. I have always liked Rep. Anthony Weiner, and to be sure he has no doubt gotten teased and pranked over his name, it is Weiner after all…..and I do believe it is a Right-wing prank because they hate this man and lord knows the Right-wing and the Republicans need a diversion of some sort right now….and Andrew Breitbart is just the lowlife to pull it off!

It’s BBBBBRRRREEEEEITBART! NOOOooooooo!

Good Lt on May 31, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Weiner needs to figure out pretty quickly which story he is going to use…Tom’s or Michelle’s. Cause he is guilty and his story is falling apart.

Sue on May 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

It’s suspicious that his story went from being “hacked” to now describing it as a “prank”. To me, that suggests he’s looking for some wiggle room to claim someone else used his account and/or phone to send the picture as joke.

Of course he’s the one who actually sent it; his refusal to offer a simple one word denial was more damning than if he whipped it out on live TV.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 8:45 PM

House Rejects Bill to Raise Debt Limit

Stay hard GOP!!!

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Weiner needs to figure out pretty quickly which story he is going to use…Tom’s or Michelle’s. Cause he is guilty and his story is falling apart.

Sue on May 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Who’s Wieners handlers?

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Lust makes you stupid, Weiner is a politician, and a liberal; that’s a trifecta of moronic non-thinking.

Bishop on May 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Who’s Wieners handlers?

Oscar Meyer? I have no idea, but he needs them to figure out which one the media will buy at this point. CNN is not Fox News and Weiner failed miserably in that interview.

Sue on May 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Who was the Dem jerk in Congress involved in “snorkeling” and tickling?

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I don’t think the intent was to DM it..I don’t tweet, but when I take a picture on my Android phone and want to send it, I hit the share button, and I get a choice of email, text, facebook, twitter, mms and SMS etc to send it; I suspect he was texting the photo to her, and hit send by twitter by mistake, it went to yforg and the proverbial poop hit the electric air circulator, never to be retrieved…
He’s not an idiot, didn’t intend for it to be posted on yfrog at all.

marks on May 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Its obviously clear,that Weiner is thinking about a run
at the Oval Office in the future,and is bolstering is cre
dentials within the Liberal Party,and I have no doubt,that
Weiner wants to be the Next Bill Clintion Sexual Predator
of said Oval Office!

(Snark).

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Who was the Dem jerk in Congress involved in “snorkeling” and tickling?

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Massa. He and Spitzer are planning an intervention to handle Weiner.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:55 PM

It’s well known he wants to be Mayor of New York City, If someone thinks this hurts him their nuts. If anything he get’s bragging rights LOL!

Dr Evil on May 31, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Yeah, he may want to restore Times Square to its former sleazy mode.

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 8:56 PM

How many high school girls was Weiner tailing?

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Lust makes you stupid, Weiner is a politician, and a liberal; that’s a trifecta of moronic non-thinking.

Bishop on May 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Bishop:Thats a tough statement,me likey,and built like
a Moroso Brute Strength 12 Bolt carrier,with stra
nge enginneering axles to boot!Haha,ahem:)

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Gawd,whats next,a steamy twitter pic,of Rahm
and Weiner,in da Showers!(sarc).

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Stop the ethanol subsidies, they are now a threat to popcorn.

BL@KBIRD on May 31, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I’ll bet that this is just the tip of this iceberg with this guy. I think Breitbart should put out a bounty for any women to come forward who have been wooed by the Weiner.

kagai on May 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM

That’s the way it looks to me too. The way this wuss is acting suggests there’s plenty more where this came from.

petefrt on May 31, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I don’t think the intent was to DM it..I don’t tweet, but when I take a picture on my Android phone and want to send it, I hit the share button, and I get a choice of email, text, facebook, twitter, mms and SMS etc to send it; I suspect he was texting the photo to her, and hit send by twitter by mistake, it went to yforg and the proverbial poop hit the electric air circulator, never to be retrieved…
He’s not an idiot, didn’t intend for it to be posted on yfrog at all.

marks on May 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I know people don’t like my excuses for Weiner, but I don’t care. I work with multiple accounts for my job and it is a PITA. I don’t doubt that Weiner’s staff has access to his twitter or some other account. Once those accounts get linked to each other, if log into one you can send stuff out on other websites with a push of a button. If a staffer signs into one such account to do some legitimate work, they could easily forget and when he goes to sext his Seattle gf, it goes out under @RepWeiner instead of his personal account, forget the D vs @ stuff. Weiner himself sees that and thinks he’s hacked. Of course the staffer is going to deny it, perhaps he didn’t even understand what happened at the time. The staffers are polysci idiots, and they are not going to follow all the changes going on in how these accounts work.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

I know nobody watches CNN, but it has always had pretty solid journalism.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Let’s chronicle that.

1. CNN falsely accused the US of dropping nerve gas on Laotian civilians.

2. CNN covered up Saddam Hussein’s atrocities against his own people for 10 years, just to keep their Baghdad office open.

3. CNN’s CEO was forced to resign in disgrace, after falsely accusing US soldiers of murdering Iraqi journalists.

4. CNN’s Anderson Cooper showed video supplied by our enemies showing the view thru the gunsight of US soldiers in Iraq as seen by the people about to shoot them.

5. CNN Fact-Checked a Saturday Night Live sketch mildly critical of O’bama.

Yep, that is pretty solid journalism

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Why didn’t Weiner just put his fingers in his ears, close his eyes and say “lalalalalalalalal” through the interview?

NYconservative on May 31, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Of course the staffer is going to deny it, perhaps he didn’t even understand what happened at the time. The staffers are polysci idiots, and they are not going to follow all the changes going on in how these accounts work.

Maybe so…still doesn’t explain the Seattle time zone shout out nor the lack of an answer to the question of whether it was a pic of the honorable gentleman from new York.. Smell test not passed.

marks on May 31, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Maybe so…still doesn’t explain the Seattle time zone shout out nor the lack of an answer to the question of whether it was a pic of the honorable gentleman from new York.. Smell test not passed.

marks on May 31, 2011 at 9:24 PM

If it was a staffer, then there could have been a running joke going on and the shoutout was part of it. Why would he say it was 545 in Seattle for a 9 o’clock show? Seattle is 3 hours being NY, not 3:15. Then someone jumps in with the pick. If it is true that @RepWeiner followed a bunch of twenty something exotics, that would reflect the taste of a staffer.

As to why he came across that way to CNN is a separate mystery. He’s from NYC and I stopped trying to understand them a long time ago.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Dem jerks…

Heh

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Her boss is Hillary Clinton. We all know what Hillary chose to do when she was confronted with NUMEROUS indiscretions.

karenhasfreedom on May 31, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Yeah, her advice to Huma is probably to “lie back and think of England.” I’ve never understood why intelligent women stay with losers who disrespect them.

hoosiermama on May 31, 2011 at 9:34 PM

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Why does a staffer have a photo of his boss in his underwear?

txmomof6 on May 31, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Guilty as sin.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

If you’re not getting paid for this b.s. then you are an idiot.

Basilsbest on May 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Of course the staffer is going to deny it, perhaps he didn’t even understand what happened at the time. The staffers are polysci idiots, and they are not going to follow all the changes going on in how these accounts work.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

No offfense, Pedestrian, but yesterday when I poster the recipient’s tweets you dismissed things on some allegation a porn star was involved. She is not, apparently, a porn star, but a journalism student. So defending him on yet new grounds is shifting the goalposts. So what is so hard to believe about this being originated by him?

65droptop on May 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM

First of all…..this story cannot be true.

Wiener would have to have one……..case closed.

PappyD61 on May 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Just because the guy’s a d-bag doesn’t mean he can’t have a large Karl van Johanssen.

catmman on May 31, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I’m giving a speech and some guy throws a pie at me…..

The most hypothetical situation ever! That scenario only happens to conservatives.

tommer74 on May 31, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Of course the staffer is going to deny it, perhaps he didn’t even understand what happened at the time. The staffers are polysci idiots, and they are not going to follow all the changes going on in how these accounts work.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

No, if he blames a staffer, it’ll only be after he arranges for that staffer to fall on his sword. As soon as the dust settles, the staffer accepts a lucrative job offer from one of Weiner’s campaign contributors.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 9:46 PM

And here I thought democrats were always the “Big Tent” party!

PatMac on May 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM

As to why he came across that way to CNN is a separate mystery. He’s from NYC and I stopped trying to understand them a long time ago.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

That “mystery” being that he sent the picture but doesn’t want to go so far as lying about having sent it by way of denial should it be proved otherwise.

Seriously- how hard is it to figure out? When asked if he sent it, a simple “no” was all that was required. Instead he grabbed his shovel and started digging.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM

If this were done by some 4chan haxor, we could expect an “epic win” – something a bit more outrageous – but it would have the hallmark of a 4chan hack, like a Guy Fawkes mask or a cartoon bear. The Capitol police could find out who it was in seconds and be waiting for that individual the next time he showed up at home.

Greek Fire on May 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM

No offfense, Pedestrian, but yesterday when I poster the recipient’s tweets you dismissed things on some allegation a porn star was involved. She is not, apparently, a porn star, but a journalism student. So defending him on yet new grounds is shifting the goalposts. So what is so hard to believe about this being originated by him?

65droptop on May 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Someone else had posted references to posts to a person who’s twitter page I looked at and it definitely was that of a porn actress. I forget the details other than that.

I’m not defending Weiner. I just don’t think we should jump to conclusions. The left is convinced Breitbart or patriot76 did it, and I don’t like to see the right make the same kind of mistake. Especially when Ace starts acting like a queen about it.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:54 PM

If this were done by some 4chan haxor, we could expect an “epic win” – something a bit more outrageous – but it would have the hallmark of a 4chan hack, like a Guy Fawkes mask or a cartoon bear. The Capitol police could find out who it was in seconds and be waiting for that individual the next time he showed up at home.

Greek Fire on May 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM

The fact that a hacker may have done this and they have done it like a psyops pro is what makes this case so fascinating.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Many of us enjoyed our Weiner Roast this weekend… oh, and lots of us cooked hot dogs and hamburgers too. #WeinerGate

Conservalicious on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

If you’re not getting paid for this b.s. then you are an idiot.

Basilsbest on May 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I’m not paid by Wiener, but I am paid to understand the security aspects of social networks.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Yeah, her advice to Huma is probably to “lie back and think of England.” I’ve never understood why intelligent women stay with losers who disrespect them.

hoosiermama on May 31, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Ummm…$$$$$$!

If anyone has a better explanation, I’d love to hear it..

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 10:01 PM

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

This is the first time I have actually visualized that picture…

Oh and…

The fact that a hacker may have done this and they have done it like a psyops pro is what makes this case so fascinating.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Jesus H. Christ….

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Well we can run the field test: Can he answer a simple question about what happened?

No, he cannot. Crime victims tell what they know of what happened; those who are not victims (and possibly the “perps” themselves) argue with CNN — but don’t answer simple questions.

65droptop on May 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

After watching that video, I can say that Weiner is lying. If he were innocent, he would answer the questions and be done with it. If CNN is on this, this is not going to rest until Weiner breaks. And that will be delightful to see happen.

paul1149 on May 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

W-hacker?

faraway on May 31, 2011 at 10:09 PM

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Hah, that’s nothing like my set up. I have three monitors.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Amazing to watch him filibuster for 10 minutes and not answer the question. His lawyer needs to tell him to zip it.

johnboy on May 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

it’s bound to affect his prospects for running for mayor of NYC . . .

You mean more than his name. That he would from thence forward be known as “Oscar, the Mayor Weiner”?

smellthecoffee on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Hah, that’s nothing like my set up. I have three monitors.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM

And your step father paid for all of them.

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM

“…you’ve got a Supreme Court Justice refusing to recuse himself despite conflicts of interest…”

Ok, Oscar Mayer, so you must be talking about Elena Kagan, right?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/supreme_conflict_of_interest_BAPvXxWVs8hNxVvvPHlaRL

Dopenstrange on May 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM

You mean more than his name. That he would from thence forward be known as “Oscar, the Mayor Weiner”?

[smellthecoffee on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM]

*cough* Baloney! *cough*

Dusty on May 31, 2011 at 10:25 PM

(Judge Gladys bangs gavel.)

Bailiff: Anthony Weiner, you are charged with on the nite of May 27th at 11:30 p.m., you did willfully and with malice aforethought unlawfully transmit a lewd and pornographic image of yourself to a 21 year-old woman, despite having a smoking-hot wife. How do you plead?

Defendant Weiner: I plead insanity!

Bailiff: (Incredulous) Insanity?

Defendant Weiner: That’s right, insanity! I’m just crazy about that stuff!

Judge Gladys: (Bangs gavel again.) Mr. Weiner, this is not the first time you have been before this Court on such a charge and we must make sure that you do not appear here again. Bailiff, whack his pee-pee!

Defendant Weiner: Hey, get your hands off me! Owww!!!!

(with apologies to Chgeech and Chong)

novaculus on May 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Amazing to watch him filibuster for 10 minutes and not answer the question. His lawyer needs to tell him to zip it.

johnboy on May 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Yup. It was major surrealism. But I’m glad he’s so clueless on how it looked and sounded, lol.

whatcat on May 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

This guys schnozzle is bigger than his weiner.

lonestar1 on May 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Amazing to watch him filibuster for 10 minutes and not answer the question. His lawyer needs to tell him to zip it.

johnboy on May 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

He’s toast. He may think he’s fooling people, but I guaran-gol-durn-tee you that his wife isn’t fooled. There are probably plates shattering off the wall of his penthouse apartment right now. “Victims. [crash] Don’t. [crash] Filibuster. [crash] Offenders. [crash] Are mealymouthed. [crash] Offenders. [crash] Stall. [crash] Offenders. [crash] Say, “Speak to my attorney.” [crash] Speak to your frickin’ attorney Weiner, because I’m about to cut your nuts off!!

smellthecoffee on May 31, 2011 at 10:42 PM

So Weiner is gonna get a staffer to fall on his sword for the boss.

I don’t think that is such a good idea. Just ask John Edwards . . .

BigAlSouth on May 31, 2011 at 10:44 PM

The awful truth is the Weiner ean to send that to Hillary.

malkinmania on May 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Let me try again;;;
The awful truth is that Weiner meant to send the pic to Hillary

malkinmania on May 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Weiner: “I blame bush.”

Laura in Maryland on May 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

No guilt in that body language. Heh.

JeffB. on May 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

As to why he came across that way to CNN is a separate mystery. He’s from NYC and I stopped trying to understand them a long time ago.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Of course! That explains everything. Weiner’s a New Yorker and New Yorker’s are inscrutable.

SukieTawdry on May 31, 2011 at 11:11 PM

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