Weiner: “Can’t say with certitude” that photo wasn’t of him

posted at 2:31 pm on June 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Really? If Anthony Weiner wanted to defuse this scandal, he seems to be using the gasoline-to-fight-fire strategy.  On the exact questions that call for clear and unequivocal answers, Weiner keeps backing away with vague and unresponsive statements instead  Click on the image to watch the RCP video:

 

NBC’s LUKE RUSSERT: “That’s not a picture of you?”

REP. ANTHONY WEINER: “You know, I can’t say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted.”

Shouldn’t this be a question where certitude is rather easily achieved?  How many pictures does Rep. Weiner take of his underwear to cause this confusion?  To “manipulate” a photo, there has to be a source photo with which to work.  If the picture was “dropped in,” then it should be easy for Weiner to say unequivocally, “I have never taken a photograph of my genitalia, with or without underwear.”  The inability to make that statement — and to tell an NBC reporter that he “can’t say with certitude” that the picture is a hoax — makes him look as though he’s hedging his bets.  Heck, he is obviously hedging his bets, and that gives a pretty strong whiff of guilt in these circumstances.

Ace has been asking great questions all along, so be sure to keep up with the story there, as well as at Big Journalism.

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He must’ve been so teased about his name as a kid, you’d think he’d be more circumspect.

Little Boomer on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

If you’ve seen one Weiner..

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Resignation. Hound him until he’s gone.

Midas on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Lee Stranahan has really lost it.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 5:23 PM

He must’ve been so teased about his name as a kid, you’d think he’d be more circumspect.

Little Boomer on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

His sister Anita had it way worse.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Midas on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Agreed. He is a rotten, constantly lying, Obama footsoldier. Our side should take him out if at all possible.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM

iowahawkblog David Burge
There comes a time to feel sympathy for a man whose entire career is falling apart in public. This is not that time.

the_nile on June 1, 2011 at 5:33 PM

The Weiner man is a great entertainer. He seems to have little or no self control when asserting himself around a sexy women. I have seen him lose control doing interviews with a hot FOX News Babe. The one who is in trouble now is Huma. He will try to take it out on her next. But Huma has a certain friend with big thighs and no empathy in her heart for a philandering little man.

jimw on June 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

drudge is finally getting on board with a headline

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/06/01/weiner-its-possible-lewd-photo-is-of-him/

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

He’s really taking it in the shorts on this one!

exhelodrvr on June 1, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Weiner/Blitzer interview 6/1/11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeiIOzFPsqg

hepcat on June 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

That’s his story? Really? “It wasn’t my Tweet but it might be my crotch”?
Wow.
S. Weasel on June 1, 2011 at 2:33 PM

No No No!
It wasn’t his Tweet but it might be his crotch, but its been photoshopped!
It was photoshopped see that changes EVERYTHING!
s/

DSchoen on June 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM

This Wiener sure doesn’t measure up!

chickasaw42 on June 1, 2011 at 5:42 PM

New Yorker’s must sure love their wieners full of pork but not sure how they like them full of bull.

chickasaw42 on June 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM

OOPs–I before E except in a Weiner!

chickasaw42 on June 1, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Stranahan Lee Stranahan
Everyone is also missing the possibility that Dan Wolfe is, in fact, a woman — one who may have been involved with Weiner.

There is also a possibility, Lee, that you forgot to take your meds. Uneffinbelievable!

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 5:46 PM

He should ask Barney Frank how to handle this…

right2bright on June 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

His response is slowly evolving. In another few days he will finally admit that it was him and it was him who sent it. He and his beautiful classy wife will have a tearful press conference. His actions to date are that of a guilty man.

CW on June 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

What I want to know is….when and how does he know this Ginny Lee, just Googled her, interesting “tweet” friend…

right2bright on June 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM

What’s was Hillary’s line that time “suspension of disbelief?”

Anthony Weiner has 1000s of Twitter followers yet he follows relatively few, but notably some young, pretty girls.

A tweet is sent to one of the young girls and then 4 mins later, he tweets. Someone hacked and tweeted 4 mins before he did?

The man has obviously posed for a photo of his junk or else he would know with certainty that it is not him.

He is positively rabid when he appears on Fox and on the floor, yet is mild when “suspecting” that his Twitter account was hacked and pictures of “junk” are sent to a young girl who is not his wife?

BS of the highest order. He did it and he should resign.

Oink on June 1, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Come on! Give him a break! I mean, nobody can keep tabs on their junk 24 hours a day! What with all of their coming and going in and out, in and out. I bet he hasn’t seen his gerkin in days. These things happen you know? He can’t be held responsible for what his jimmy does behind his back. Any guy can tell you the tight spots the little devils get us into. For that matter, how many women have been sleeping peacefully, only to be awakened by one stabbing them in the back! Rotten little bastards! Really! We need some legislation.

ronsfi on June 1, 2011 at 5:53 PM

IT MIGHT BE MY WEINER!

‘This Could Be The End For Him’…

‘Have You Ever Taken A Picture Like This Of Yourself?’…

@drudge

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Honestly…how hard is it to recognize your own junk?

No pun intended, but implied;)

Gothguy on June 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM

How amazing is it in the interview Wolfe Blitzer brings up his “Seattle” reference in a tweet, and he says “Oh, that was just a coincidence”

Marcus on June 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Would Weiner bang a conservative?

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Reuters/Google has Weiner listed as REPUBLICAN!

Uneffing-believable.

tetriskid on June 1, 2011 at 6:07 PM

The great leftard minds are now spinning that Dan Wolfe is really a scorned woman getting back at Weiner. lol!

Stranahan is an idiot

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Would it not be perfect if he owned a dachshund?

Tim_CA on June 1, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Twitter feeds are saying that Weiner was framed. It looks legit:
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2011/06/weiner-affair-close-to-solution-but-i.html

hisfrogness on June 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Twitter feeds are saying that Weiner was framed. It looks legit:

hisfrogness on June 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Get your eyes checked.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Wire feeds are reporting Weiner as a Republican:

MSNBC screenshot

Google/Reuters Screenshot

tetriskid on June 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Get your eyes checked.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM

What do you mean? That article demonstrates how anybody can get a photo to someone’s twitterstream, without any hacking, so long as that person is linked to a yfrog account. I’m just linking the info man.

Granted I haven’t tested out their theory but they seem to demonstrate it pretty well.

hisfrogness on June 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Media buries Weiner story.

chickasaw42 on June 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM

What do you mean? That article demonstrates how anybody can get a photo to someone’s twitterstream, without any hacking, so long as that person is linked to a yfrog account. I’m just linking the info man.

Granted I haven’t tested out their theory but they seem to demonstrate it pretty well.

hisfrogness on June 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

To believe that he was framed, you would have to ignore all the evidence of his guilt. Are you crazy enough to do so? If your answer is yes, you are a leftard.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Give him a break guys. I mean really, can any of you honestly say that you can keep track of the myriad undie pics you’ve sent out? I know I started losing track after the first hundred I sent out. Everyone does it….right? what, no?!?

Oh…uhh…I think I hear some…uh…Jehovah’s witnesses at the door that I…uh…have really been wanting to talk to. Gotta GO!

miConsevative on June 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

And it goes without saying, if this were a Repub, the outrageous outrage would have forced his resignation by now. But I guess liberal voters don’t have morals, so they don’t require them in their elected officials – it’s more representative that way or something.

miConsevative on June 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Speaking as a grown woman, what kind of adult man takes pictures of his underwear? Does he think that picture would excite a 21-year-old girl?

I’m married with 3 adult kids, including 2 sons. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

Common Sense on June 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Speaking as a grown woman, what kind of adult man takes pictures of his underwear? Does he think that picture would excite a 21-year-old girl?

I’m married with 3 adult kids, including 2 sons. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

Common Sense on June 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

HEY!!

I like to think mine’s special.

Tim_CA on June 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM

To believe that he was framed, you would have to ignore all the evidence of his guilt. Are you crazy enough to do so? If your answer is yes, you are a leftard.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM

A.) All the “evidence” so far is circumstantial. Sure, the fact that he’s back-peddling the way he is is very suspicious, but it’s not irrefutable evidence of his guilt.
B.) Weiner is a douchebag. He’s one iota less repulsive than Alan Grayson. When you consider the support he has for a completely unconstitutional Democratic agenda, he should be arrested for treason.
C.) Just because someone offers some updated news that doesn’t fit your narrative (and I see that people are already dismantling the smoking gun of his innocence) doesn’t make them antithetical to your cause. Isn’t justice a higher ideal?

Leftard? pleaaase.

hisfrogness on June 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

He must’ve been so teased about his name as a kid, you’d think he’d be more circumspect.

Little Boomer on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Why do you think he’d be teased? Most little boys are circumspected.

hawkdriver on June 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

A.) All the “evidence” so far is circumstantial. Sure, the fact that he’s back-peddling the way he is is very suspicious, but it’s not irrefutable evidence of his guilt.
B.) Weiner is a douchebag. He’s one iota less repulsive than Alan Grayson. When you consider the support he has for a completely unconstitutional Democratic agenda, he should be arrested for treason.
C.) Just because someone offers some updated news that doesn’t fit your narrative (and I see that people are already dismantling the smoking gun of his innocence) doesn’t make them antithetical to your cause. Isn’t justice a higher ideal?

Leftard? pleaaase.

hisfrogness on June 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Why dont he want FBI to investigate it if he got “framed”?
Those evil “framers” are still out there, right?

the_nile on June 1, 2011 at 8:36 PM

He should ask Barney Frank how to handle this…

right2bright on June 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Why Barney would take this in hand and tell the Representitive to “suck it up” and stop “d!ck!ng around” with reporters and answer their questions.

mechkiller_k on June 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

All the “evidence” so far is circumstantial. Sure, the fact that he’s back-peddling the way he is is very suspicious, but it’s not irrefutable evidence of his guilt.

Dr Evil says:
Maybe the problem is that the photo shows that he is not very…. “circum-stantial”?

shhhhhh Scotty.

mechkiller_k on June 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

C’mon, this picture is not Weiner’s, um, you know. ‘Small but mighty’ was his nickname when he really looked like that hideous picture with the Jafro.

maryo on June 1, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Breitbart has the second Weiner photo taken earlier in the year. Appears Barney is happy to meet him.

http://www.dunningmarketing.com/moonbattery/weiner.jpg

Texyank on June 1, 2011 at 11:03 PM

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