Lawrence O’Donnell: Maybe Weiner’s playing coy about the photo because of the size of that package; Update: Maybe the photo started out as one of me, says Weiner

posted at 10:21 pm on June 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, he’s kidding, obviously, but in service to a point. I can’t find the full clip yet to confirm Mediaite’s account, but here’s their description of the rest of the segment:

After the humorous introduction, O’Donnell gets serious– looking back at a history of liberal politicians that have survived sex scandals because their constituents admired their work. O’Donnell notes that, as much as he mocks Newt Gingrich and other Republicans for their private misgivings, he only does it because of their hypocrisy. “Nothing should matter to you less than the legal sexual conduct of [a politician],” he concluded, adding that he believed Rep. Weiner’s career was safe “no matter what he tweets.”

Ah yes, the hypocrisy. One of CNN’s anchors floated that idea tonight too, that maybe Weiner’s off-limits here because, unlike those preachy Republicans, he doesn’t lecture people about their sex lives. That’s the left’s evergreen fig leaf for why it’s cool to revel in GOP sex scandals but not Democrats’. Scott Brown is pro-choice, pro-civil union, and voted to repeal DADT, which puts him slightly to the left of where Bill Clinton was when he had his scandal. Anyone think Brown would get a pass from MSNBC if he got caught sending pics of his schwanz to some coed in Seattle? That’d certainly qualify as legal sexual conduct by a politician, yet I do believe it’d be mentioned on “The Last Word.”

Also, am I to understand from this that if Weiner now comes clean and admits that he accidentally tweeted the pic himself, everything’s copacetic even though his office falsely claimed he was the victim of a serious cybercrime? No penalty, moral or otherwise, for that? It’s a good thing he hired that private security firm to rubber-stamp his allegation that he was hacked, or else that could have been quite the sticky wicket.

Exit quotation: “Jack Levin, the chief executive of yFrog, the Twitter-affiliated image and video service that was used to upload the photo, said in an interview on Wednesday that his company did not have reason to believe that its user passwords were exposed or stolen.”

Update: Skip ahead to 4:00. This guy now seems to be saying that it could be a photo of him, but that it’s either taken “out of context” (cropped?) or possibly photoshopped to make it more embarrassing. Okay, I’ll play along. How many “innocent” photos of Congressman Anthony Weiner in his underwear are floating around and publicly accessible by nefarious photoshoppers or photo-croppers? If it hasn’t been ‘shopped but merely taken “out of context,” does that mean the bulge is authentic too? Stop me before I speculate again.


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Anyone think Brown would get a pass from MSNBC if he got caught sending pics of his schwanz to some coed in Seattle?

Didn’t he already catch hell for consenting to pose nude in a women’s magazine thirty years ago? Similar or no?

KingGold on June 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Girthers….Mr. Allahpundit, you’re on fire!!

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Whoever came up with “Girthers” is a genius. LOLOLOLOLOL

D0WNT0WN on June 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

This is getting ridiculous.

Weiner tweeted a photo of his junk. End of story.

All the people coming up UFO theories are making “Birthers” look sane.

There were no “hackers” or or Russian subs offshore beaming in signals.

He tweeted a photo of his junk.

tetriskid on June 1, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell as wiener on the mind…

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Girthers….Mr. Allahpundit, you’re on fire!!

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Yes, AP. A gold star for you on that one.

miConsevative on June 1, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Let this be a lesson,men,always think,with your main
brain,
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo,not that one,

the one on your shoulders!!(sarc).

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I saw this entire rant as it was happening. He kept showing the picture. He was mad he had to pixelate it.
A nicer clip would have been Tingles Matthews scolding Joan Walsh and some NYT’s boob for their spin. Tingles! Tingles has NO THRILL for a little Weiner. Joan looked shell shocked with an “Am I on FoxNews?!” face.

Marcus on June 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

There isn’t much hubub about O’Donnell’s face on prime time tv.

He’s a huge schwanz.

catmman on June 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I like the Scott Brown analogy. I was thinking earlier today … just imagine if this were Todd Palin. Just think of the exploding heads and the vitriol and the sanctimony!

lizzieillinois on June 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I’m ashamed of all of you. A hacked weiner is nothing to joke about.

predator on June 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM

He took a silly photo of
His junk in cotton gray
Then hit the @t instead of D
And ruined his holiday

It did not wind up in her box
As he had first intended
Instead it roamed the cyber world
His quiet time was ended

But he will sore endure the test
Emerging burnt but whole
And find a comely lass to tweet
And waggle his small pole

Beto Ochoa on June 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM

I think that the reason the news wires are labeling him a Republican, is that they can see him swirling around the toilet. Best blame the other guys.

birdhurd on June 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Too much information, Larry…

SuperCool on June 1, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell:

Projecting/WishCasting!!!!

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Size of that package??
The underwear bomber was charged with attempting to use a palm full of powder as a weapon of mass destruction.
Wiener should be grinning from ear to ear.

Electrongod on June 1, 2011 at 10:32 PM

tetris kid, russian subs beaming signals

lol

hawkdriver on June 1, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Still…laughing…over….girthers.

Bee on June 1, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Ya know,this type of activity,could get one registered in the Courts as a risk!!

Jus sayin!

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 10:33 PM

It’s CongressMember Weiner now!

jdkchem on June 1, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Girthers?

Hoooooooooooooooooooly crap, dude.

That’s funny.

BallisticBob on June 1, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Ugh. No, make that Super Ugh.

cynccook on June 1, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Girth your loins?

SuperCool on June 1, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I’m ashamed of all of you. A hacked weiner is nothing to joke about.

predator on June 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Thus saith John Bobbitt.

Tennman on June 1, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Jack Levin, the chief executive of yFrog, the Twitter-affiliated image and video service that was used to upload the photo,said in an interview on Wednesday that his company did not have reason to believe that its user passwords were exposed or stolen.”

I assume this means that yfrog can tell whether this particular photo was uploaded from an IP address or device that has been used before in conjunction with this account.

If this is true, I guess technically it still could have been another person who did it – but it would have to have been someone close enough to him to both have access to the photo (or have taken it) and also have access to the yfrog account. Which pretty much means someone sexually involved with him.

Missy on June 1, 2011 at 10:40 PM

MahaRushie……Enjoy!
================================

RUSH:

Is WeinerGate Really Big Enough To Investigate… WeinerGate Story Is Hard To Swallow
This entry was posted on May 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm.
**************************************************

LIMBAUGH: If This Does Not Go To The FBI Is Weiner Giving His Constituents And His Opponents The Shaft
********************************************
(Video 8:25 Minutes)

http://dailyrushbo.com/rush-is-weinergate-really-big-enough-to-investigate%e2%80%a6-weinergate-story-is-hard-to-swallow/

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 10:40 PM

First time Maddow’s been interested in a wiener?

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Or are you just glad to see us, Weiner?

onlineanalyst on June 1, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Maybe the photo started out as one of me, says Weiner

Photo brought to you by Weiner. Enlargement brought to you by photoshop.

Will the real slim shady please stand up?

rukiddingme on June 1, 2011 at 10:43 PM

A real man wouldn’t just “tweet” his junk to a woman’s “inbox”. Yes, I’m a Girther (thanks to Allah).

Then again, maybe Weiner’s going for a deal with Fruit of the Loom.

TXUS on June 1, 2011 at 10:44 PM

I’m curious if he could face some legal troubles if he denies the photo is of him? Because it is so weird for him to deny he sent but not that it could be of him.

terryannonline on June 1, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Weiner must have been relieved to rush into the arms of Maddow after Luke Russert was so mean. Luke Russert! That boy can’t even play Democrat suck-up right. And they’ve spent months training him. MSNBC trying to spin him away now as a “tough interviewer” when they’re probably saying behind the scenes: “You want to keep your job around here?!”

Marcus on June 1, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Rachel seemed very animated in that interview…?

d1carter on June 1, 2011 at 10:49 PM

First time Maddow’s been interested in a wiener?

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

That’s not interest, that’s vindication.

SuperCool on June 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell: Maybe Weiner’s playing coy about the photo because of the size of that package;

…or more than likely because he wants people to believe that’s him without having to admit it.

Someone who does know says without a doubt..it is not him or it is photo-shopped:

(via Instapundit)

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Dan Friedman agrees with Stewart: “As luck would have it, I workout in the same health club as Congressman Weiner. I’ve seen him in the shower and buck naked in the locker room. I can tell you without a doubt this is not a picture of the Congressman Weiner – no, make that the Congressman’s wiener – I know. Not by a long shot.” Maybe he’s just not as glad to see you, Dan.

…but please liberals…keep spinning how it is alright for a married Congressman to tweet photos of his junk in cheap underwear to young girls around the country…..

………but it is an outrage for a governor to hitch a helicopter ride to see his son play ball.

Baxter Greene on June 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

According to Jon Stewart, it had to be photoshopped else it would look like camel toe, if that really is Weiner’s weiner.

cartooner on June 1, 2011 at 10:53 PM

……but it is an outrage for a governor to hitch a helicopter ride to see his son play ball.

Baxter Greene on June 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Yup, I understand NBC covered the helicopter instead of the Weiner…

d1carter on June 1, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Then again, maybe Weiner’s going for a deal with Fruit of the Loom.

TXUS on June 1, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Fruit of the Loom is the new WeinerGate.

Electrongod on June 1, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Premature speculation!

Seriously, how do Republicans lecture people about their sex lives?
And how is any married person who cheats not acting hypocritical? Isn’t marriage all about fidelity?

And how is all this “drunk girls can’t give consent” and “sex without a condom is rape” not lecturing people about sex?

MayBee on June 1, 2011 at 10:56 PM

This guy now seems to be saying that it could be a photo of him, but that it’s either taken “out of context” (cropped?) or possibly photoshopped to make it more embarrassing.

You know, this is complete bullsh#t. Why do we have to play along and act like his responses make any F’ing sense? He may still claim that he was hacked or whatever. But there is no way he doesn’t know if that is him or not. He would know if he has taken photos of that nature.

This is just more of the infantilization of America, where everyone in the media has to nod politely and act as though his answers could possibly be true. I want one person in the media to ball up and say “Dude, quit F’ing lying right now. Just quit it.” Unbelievable.

JohnInCA on June 1, 2011 at 10:56 PM

We can stick a fork in this weiner . . . he’s done.

Orson Buggeigh on June 1, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Maybe the photo started out as one of me, says Weiner

…and they photoshopped underwear over my head!

cartooner on June 1, 2011 at 10:57 PM

To be honest, Wiener seems to be on the low end of average. Which makes me think this photo is likely genuine. Someone out to embarrass the Ween would have either shooped it much smaller or very obviously shooped in something like a donkey or Ron Jeremy. This looks like a guy sending a picture of his bulging junk as part of a sexually explicit chat. With a girl half his age and barely out of high school. Nice.

Sekhmet on June 1, 2011 at 10:57 PM

The only one that really matters is your wife right now and then your constituents. I doubt your constituents could care less, apparently they like Weiners!

Here is the rub though, the wife knows and if she stays with you that means the girth didn’t fit so she must acquit! Then we know Photoshop was employed and you really are a small man all around. Seems to me you lose all around just like everyone is saying. no good way out for you and OH YEAH, it seems Karma really does come back around.

bluemarlin on June 1, 2011 at 10:59 PM

First time Maddow’s been interested in a wiener?

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Now that one almost had me spewing champagne and guava juice on my monitor.

Sekhmet on June 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Please, he may have sent this picture, but it is not Weiner’s, um, you know.
He was known as ‘small but mighty’ when he posed for that hideous picture with the Jafro.

maryo on June 1, 2011 at 11:03 PM

First time Maddow’s been interested in a wiener?

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I am guessing the first time for her being interested was when Lorena Bobbitt made news. She was probably saying, ” what is the issue?” back then

bluemarlin on June 1, 2011 at 11:04 PM

“Girthers?”
“GIRTHERS?!?!?!?!?”

AP!
You b*st*rd!

I was sipping from my cup of coffee when I read that.

Don’t worry.
I’ll send you the bill.

heh.

MT

Mistahtibbs on June 1, 2011 at 11:05 PM

The only one that really matters is your wife right now and then your constituents. I doubt your constituents could care less, apparently they like Weiners!

bluemarlin on June 1, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Nothing arouses the passion of NY-9 like Weiner!

SuperCool on June 1, 2011 at 11:08 PM

You know, this is complete bullsh#t. Why do we have to play along and act like his responses make any F’ing sense? He may still claim that he was hacked or whatever. But there is no way he doesn’t know if that is him or not. He would know if he has taken photos of that nature.

This is just more of the infantilization of America, where everyone in the media has to nod politely and act as though his answers could possibly be true. I want one person in the media to ball up and say “Dude, quit F’ing lying right now. Just quit it.” Unbelievable.

JohnInCA on June 1, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Well said. The fact that several interviewers haven’t laughed at him is something else.

terryannonline on June 1, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Poor Lawrence O’Donnell can’t take Viagra. He just ends up with a stiff neck.

Patrick S on June 1, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Please, he may have sent this picture, but it is not Weiner’s, um, you know.
He was known as ‘small but mighty’ when he posed for that hideous picture with the Jafro.

maryo on June 1, 2011 at 11:03 PM

The way he’s been acting, one wonders if he has a collection of these photos from various sources and that one of the causes of his embarrassment. Whatever the truth is, it’s apparently more embarrassing than the story of him sexting photos of his own anatomy to a coed.

obladioblada on June 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Rep. Weiner’s career was safe “no matter what he tweets.”

I’ve said that since the beginning.

This is much ado about nothing. Fun while it lasts, but Weiner is safe. I hope I’m wrong, but other Dems have done far worse and survived… usually retaining their seats by landslides.

mankai on June 1, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I’ve had a lot of laughs today, but this was a home run — “Girthers.”

Brass on June 1, 2011 at 11:16 PM

To Many this is quite a joke. (I find a lot of it hillarious BTW.)

BUT, To those who keep saying this is not a big deal we should move on…. Think about this, IF someone had this information on a sitting congressman and decided to blackmail him let’s say for national secrets, would THAT make it a “big deal”?

It was the same rational I made about Clinton YES things he does in his personal life CAN influence his JOB!!!
He perjured himself to conceal it, so whats the big deal of giving away a few secrets to a blackmailer to keep them quiet about his private life?

Wiener-gate is NO different.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on June 1, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Wow. Rachel has even more balls than Chris. Who’d a-thunk it?

Tuning Spork on June 1, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I might have to break my NBC boycott temporarily for Leno’s monologue tonight. No way he doesn’t make hay outta this.

Letterman? Never.

hillbillyjim on June 1, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Ah yes, the hypocrisy. One of CNN’s anchors floated that idea tonight too, that maybe Weiner’s off-limits here because, unlike those preachy Republicans, he doesn’t lecture people about their sex lives.

So the Dems have no problem with congressmen sending their weiner pics to college girls because they see nothing wrong with this behavior? Perhaps we once again need to ask why the feminists are sitting out yet another Dem sex scandal?

pearson on June 1, 2011 at 11:31 PM

This has to be resolved so that we can have a winner in the blogwar.

It would be truly, truly hilarious to see Chuckie Johnson eat his words on this.

WisCon on June 1, 2011 at 11:32 PM

So is Johnson a girther?

pearson on June 1, 2011 at 11:34 PM

pearson on June 1, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Yep.

WisCon on June 1, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Is it my imagination or did I see a trial baloon by the Obama administration and the DNC that they were going to try a “values” campaign next year because that gosh darn economy wasn’t going to help them out? Maybe their campaign slogan can be “Our moral standards are so low we can’t possibly disappoint you, not like those damn Republicans”

JavelinaBomb on June 2, 2011 at 12:06 AM

The guy is lyin’ like a rug. ‘Nuff said.

Dopenstrange on June 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Girthers

This is why Allahpundit rules the roost.

peski on June 2, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I might have to break my NBC boycott temporarily for Leno’s monologue tonight. No way he doesn’t make hay outta this.

Letterman? Never.

hillbillyjim on June 1, 2011 at 11:25 PM

The Weenie got lucky, all the late night shows are on reruns so far this week, probably all week because of the holiday.

slickwillie2001 on June 2, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Weiner missed a golden opportunity to not let this reply go to waste. The perfect response to whether or not this was, in fact, his picture?

“It might be – I think I’d just gotten out of the pool.”

/story

elcapt on June 2, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Weiner’s playing coy

Is that what they want to call the photo now?

ChuckTX on June 2, 2011 at 12:27 AM

“References to liberal wieners s/b illegal while conservatives starve old people and children” –Wasserman-Schultz

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Is SNL going to cover this?

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2011 at 12:30 AM

My guess is that Mrs. Weiner recognizes those nasty gray boxer briefs and their contents. We’ll likely be hearing from her soon – standing with her new attorney. Gloria Allred – where are you? Unless she decides to go the Hillary way and start screaming about how this is all a vast-right-wing-conspiracy. Either way, this is just pathetic.

redwhiteblue on June 2, 2011 at 12:33 AM

This “hypocrisy” garbage was old when Moses parted the Red Sea. It’s an idea that functions ENTIRELY on subjective views and generalized assumptions and as such, is not worth my time.

Ryan Anthony on June 2, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Is SNL going to cover this?

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2011 at 12:30 AM

They wouldn’t touch fat Al Gore’s encounter with the masseuse, why would they mess with Weenie?

slickwillie2001 on June 2, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Stop me before I speculate again.

Now this is why I come to HotAir. LOL

inviolet on June 2, 2011 at 12:50 AM

“My guess is that Mrs. Weiner recognizes those nasty gray boxer briefs”

What percentage of men have gray boxer briefs, and is Wiener among them?

Ira on June 2, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Only TSA airport security knows for sure.

viking01 on June 2, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Arrogance exposed the little man.

In his interview with R. Maddow he looks beaten. Reality caught up with him.

Hillary’s girl has likely cut off his toy by now.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2011 at 1:06 AM

My opinion, Weiner’s comin’ up short and this can’t be Kosher.

SuperCool on June 2, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Okay, I’ll play along. How many “innocent” photos of Congressman Anthony Weiner in his underwear are floating around and publicly accessible by nefarious photoshoppers or photo-croppers?

Hmmm, how many different photos can you get via screen capture from, say, a one minute video?

Dusty on June 2, 2011 at 1:35 AM

What percentage of men have gray boxer briefs, and is Wiener among them?

Ira on June 2, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Oh, she knows. I’ve been a wife for 24 years now, and we just know about our husband’s underwear et al.. We know.

redwhiteblue on June 2, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Small dicks and small minds think alike.

pat on June 2, 2011 at 2:28 AM

Didn’t he already catch hell for consenting to pose nude in a women’s magazine thirty years ago? Similar or no?
KingGold on June 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Ah, no.
Brown didn’t try and claim that was a prank/hacking someone had pulled on him.
Brown didn’t point his finger at others saying this person hacked my accounts!
Brown wasn’t a Federal Congressman 30 years ago.

I like the Scott Brown analogy. I was thinking earlier today … just imagine if this were Todd Palin. Just think of the exploding heads and the vitriol and the sanctimony!
lizzieillinois on June 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Is Todd Palin a member of Congress?
In this fantasy of yours did Todd Palin deny he sent the picture?
Did Todd Palin falsely accuse someone else for his problem?

KingGold and lizzieillinois,
This has nothing to do with picture.
This has everything to do with “hacking” an account of a US Congressman, that’s a major felony.
It’s a National security issue.

Please try and get a clue.
This is not a sex scandal.

This is a hacking scandal.
This is a false accusation problem.

DSchoen on June 2, 2011 at 4:40 AM

This guy now seems to be saying that it could be a photo of him, but that it’s either taken “out of context”

What “context” would/could causes someone to drop trou and take a picture of their junk?

DSchoen on June 2, 2011 at 5:28 AM

These d!ck jokes are going to reach a climax and homeboy is going to have to take the money shot and deal with the mess.

ted c on June 2, 2011 at 6:03 AM

What “context” would/could causes someone to drop trou and take a picture of their junk?

DSchoen on June 2, 2011 at 5:28 AM

The context of being an arrogant jerk who thought that he wouldn’t get caught.

kingsjester on June 2, 2011 at 6:11 AM

I’m amazed at his complete lack of effort to do or say anything publicly that would serve to protect his marriage. The guy clearly married up, and he publicly couldn’t care less.

But I guess Hillary stood by her man…

beatcanvas on June 2, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Larry has a serious case of penis envy. Chicks don’t normally have that, right?

Jaibones on June 2, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Sekhmet on June 1, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Yup, exactly.

I’d like to be a fly on the wall to hear how this explanation is going over with his wife.

Alden Pyle on June 2, 2011 at 7:31 AM

You can’t be a hypocrite if you don’t have any standards.

Jim Treacher on June 2, 2011 at 7:35 AM

All silliness aside, he said his account was hacked. Hacking an account, especially a CongressMEMBER(sorry,couldn’t resist)is a FELONY!!! This needs to be investigated since he made this claim. A crime is a crime. If he lied about being hacked, he should resign immediately. Republicans have done so with lesser situations. New York could afford to have one less Wiener.

adamsmith on June 2, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Stop me before I speculate again.

Too funny. I know he’s going to get a pass on this but if anyone deserves days of investigation, it Rep. Weiner. Maybe one of those reporters will stumble onto something more serious. As if they would look.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2011 at 7:56 AM

He tweeted a photo of his junk.

tetriskid on June 1, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Christopher Lee.

Fallon on June 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM

“Voters need to realize that sex doesn’t matter when it comes to casting their votes!”

I swear, if hypocrisy was literal bullsh*t, the entire soundstage at MSNBC would have been buried in the stuff last night clear up to the ceiling!

pilamaye on June 2, 2011 at 8:26 AM

We know Weiner manipulated the scene, hence the photo. But Wiener photoshopped his junk to make it look bigger? Talk about a severe case of short-man syndrome. HA!

Virginia Shanahan on June 2, 2011 at 8:35 AM

CODE OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT
There is hereby established by and for the House of Representatives the following code of conduct, to be known as the “Code of Official Conduct”:

1. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives

2. etc…

Where is Congressman Jo Bonner, Chairman of the House Ethics Committee???

Contact Congressman Bonner and ask what he’s doing about Weinergate!

Roy Rogers on June 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Okay, I’ll play along. How many “innocent” photos of Congressman Anthony Weiner in his underwear are floating around and publicly accessible by nefarious photoshoppers or photo-croppers?

We can all learn a lesson from this. Everyone, if you do have photographs of yourself in your underwear, keep them safe. For those who don’t, it would probably be better if you never do so in the future.

shick on June 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Allah,

Regarding Weiner’s yFrog account:

Weiner specifically told Rachel Maddow, the following regarding his yFrog account (listen to the clip embedded in the post above at 2:10 to 2:25):

“As far as the yFrog account, I’ll be very honest with you, I didn’t really know for sure what that was until this thing popped up, and I clicked on it, and then it directed me to where these photographs were being kept, an and I, I kind of quickly deleted it and moved on with my life.”

(his verbal emphasis in original).

Remember, this was right at the time of the incident!

Like Curious George, the Member sees the photo of a member, clicks on it, suddenly discovers he has a yFrog account with photos in it, and deletes the photo and/or the account!!

So, if there is any proof at all that he created the yFrog account, and especially if there were any (many?) prior instances of his having sent or “tweeted” photos being kept in that yFrog account, then Weiner was simply dissembling in his interview with Maddow, and she missed, or ignored the obvious opportunity for a follow-up.

From the NY Times story “Lawmaker Denies Sending Suggestive Photo but Doesn’t Rule Out It’s of Him” By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ:

. . .
Jack Levin, the chief executive of yFrog, the Twitter-affiliated image and video service that was used to upload the photo, said in an interview on Wednesday that his company did not have reason to believe that its user passwords were exposed or stolen. He said it was possible that the photo could have been sent from Mr. Weiner’s yFrog account through his Twitter password or through a yFrog password.

Mr. Levin said neither Mr. Weiner’s office nor any law enforcement authorities had contacted him or his company to inquire about the photo.
. . . .

So, Weiner claims in an interview with Rachel Maddow that he knew nothing about the yFrog account, yet his investigators, as of yesterday, had not even contacted yFrog with any inquiries whatsoever about the account, including when it was created, and by whom!

Nor have they inquired about when the specific photo was uploaded and by whom? Nor, presumably, have they asked about other photos that were residing in the account?

He doesn’t dissemble well!

(cross-posted here).

Trochilus on June 2, 2011 at 10:47 AM