Weiner to address media at 4 p.m. ET; Report: Weiner won’t resign; Update: Breitbart takes over Weiner presser; Update: Weiner admits to sending photo, not resigning; Update: Apologizes to Breitbart; Update: Woman who received Weiner pics speaks to ABC

posted at 3:32 pm on June 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’d like to tell you that you can watch live on the cable news net of your choice, but the big three have kept their distance from the story thus far today — including Fox News, which was told by Roger Ailes to “move on” unless there were new developments. A live presser possibly announcing his resignation from Congress would qualify as a new development, but given how fearless (some) CNN reporters were in confronting Weiner about the original pic, they’re probably your best bet.

Most people on Twitter think he’ll resign. I don’t. He’s too ambitious to fall on his sword this early, too arrogant to believe he can’t survive it, and too beloved by the left not to think they’ll rally behind him if he refuses to bow before the Evil Wingnuts. As Matt Yglesias recently noted, plenty of politicians have survived sex scandals and thrived afterwards; the key is simply to hang in there, endure a week or two of humiliation, and hope your partisan pals come to your aid. The one hitch for Weiner is that there could be tons more pics, sexts, and e-mails still out there and waiting to surface. If he hangs on, he invites more revelations. In fact, as I write this, ABC is apparently getting ready to broadcast an interview with the woman who received the bare-chested pics of Weiner. If he lies low for, say, a month, maybe he can hang on. That’s how I’m going to bet — that he walks out there a half hour for now, admits to “lapses in judgment,” and asks for privacy while he seeks “counseling” and tries to rebuild his marriage.

While we wait, via Breitbart TV, here’s Barbara Walters speculating — before Breitbart released the barechested pic this afternoon — that maybe the underwear pic was intended for … Weiner’s wife.

Update: Told ya.

Sources tell NY1 that Congressman Anthony Weiner will not resign, following new allegations that he sent shirtless pictures and sexually explicit messages to women over the Internet.

A conservative website today posted photos that appear to show the Brooklyn-Queens congressman with his shirt off. Another site, RadarOnline.com, says a young woman has come forward with 200 sexually explicit messages she says were sent from Weiner.

Update: Politico thinks he’ll try to hang on too: “One senior House Democratic staffer told POLITICO that Weiner is expected ‘to try to explain what happened’ but will not resign. He has not spoken to Democratic leaders since the new photos were released, the source said.”

Update: Somehow the drama ratchets up even further: Andrew Breitbart will be in the room when Weiner walks out.

Update: I’m hearing that Breitbart is actually at the podium, fielding questions from the press, while everyone waits for Weiner.

Update: Confirmed — CNN is airing live footage of Breitbart at the podium. “Surreal,” says their correspondent at the scene.

Update: Fox News is airing Breitbart’s comments live. It’s basically now a Breitbart press conference.

Update: Cavuto was so stunned by seeing Breitbart up there, he wondered aloud whether the whole “Weiner press conference” announcement was a hoax. It isn’t, they’ve now confirmed. Weiner’s team called the presser; he’s still set to speak as I write this.

Update: Weiner admits to having sent the photo — as a joke, he says — and says “I’ve made terrible mistakes.” He’s visibly shaken. Now he’s admitting to “inappropriate conversations” with six women online over the past three years (some after he was married). And no, as expected, he says he won’t resign.

Why would he admit to having inappropriate chats with other women but insist that the underwear pic was sent as a joke?

Update: A reporter asks whether he can say that Breitbart’s claim of having an as-yet-unrevealed explicit photo is false. Weiner: No, I can’t say that that’s false.

Update: Asked whether he wants to apologize to Breitbart, who was attacked by the left for supposedly framing him with the underwear pic, Weiner says only that he apologizes to everyone in the media.

Update: Asked again whether he wants to apologize to Breitbart, Weiner finally does so. The left can forgive him for everything else, but given their rabid hatred of AB, I’m not sure they’ll forgive him for that.

Update: Asked whether he knows the ages of the women he chatted with, Weiner says no, he doesn’t. He says he had no intention to have chats with underaged women, but of course can’t be certain that they represented their ages correctly. Gulp.

Update: People are speculating now whether New York Democrats might put Weiner out of his misery by redistricting him into oblivion.

Update: As expected, here’s ABC’s story on Meagan Broussard, the woman who allegedly received the photos of Weiner.

“I just chuckled,” Broussard, a nursing student, said of her reaction to the story that unfolded in the media last week. “It would be one thing if he came out and said, ‘Hey, so what?’ But now he’s saying he got hacked.”

Broussard said she received the same photo of a man’s crotch on May 18 [as was sent to Gennette Cordova] in an email from a man who she then believed was Weiner…

[Another] message included an image of a man, who appears to be Weiner, sporting a tie and a wedding band, holding up the message “me” on a piece of white paper.

“I didn’t think it was him,” she says. “I thought for sure, ‘why would someone in that position be doing this?’”

Allegedly, when she told him she was uncomfortable with the online relationship, he told her “you are not stalking me….I am stalking you.”

Update: No joke: The last question shouted at a Weiner as he left the podium was “Were you fully erect, Congressman?”


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Should have never been allowed on the air in the first place, but since he refuses to move out of CNN HQ they’re stuck with him.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Everyone has a useless tool in their junk box.

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 6:25 PM

…I wouldn’t wish this kind of humiliation on anyone.
andy85719 on June 6, 2011 at 6:23 PM

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Buck up! He’s a snake! He can take it! Don’t worry about his reptilian tears, either. I was all a fake. Couldn’t you tell?

ExpressoBold on June 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Man that would be a great new CNN show

Weiner/Spitzer

William Amos on June 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

He seems to think himself quite a wit, perhaps Comedy Central would be more appropriate. Weiner’s World?

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

So Bill Clinton conducted their wedding less than a year ago. The first wedding anniversary is a month away. The wife works for Hillary, who obviously will have the firsthand experience of dealing with such an incident and should be able to console the wife.

Of course, Bill would like to console Weiner’s wife.

jediwebdude on June 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Now that I see more of Weiner he is kinda hot…

RepubChica on June 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM


In a Screech kind of way?

CW on June 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Naaaaaancy?……..paging FORMER Speaker Pelosi

Drayyyyyyn tha swamp!

PappyD61 on June 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

The man clearly has a problem, and it appears as if one of those shirtless photos was taken in his Congressional office. Brietbart did him a huge favor not releasing any more than he did. But someone will.

scalleywag on June 6, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Can I make it? Am I the 1000th post? Congrats Allahpundit… :).

TheRightMan on June 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Liberals are more forgiving of shortcomings in the personal lives our politicians (see Clinton’s popularity)

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Sure, if the “politician” is liberal. In that case, it never even reaches the stage of forgiveness. It’s just total erasure.

For anybody else, it’s Torquemada time.

You’re either a leftist or a naif who’s never dealt with one.

rrpjr on June 6, 2011 at 6:33 PM

How easy would it be for a foreign government to put in an operator in the US that would start a tweet-up with one of these slimeballs and quickly lead to blackmail?

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Just who is Weiner’s wife?

CW on June 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Remember that during Monica-Gate (a story which if the Democrat media had their way would have never come out) some were asking “What if Lewinsky was really an agent from Israel?”. Clintoon himself could have been easily compromised.

Of course, the Left and their kneepads in the media pooh-poohed any such speculation, saying his adulterous relationship with a subordinate in the workplace was “a personal matter”.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Remember when Daily Kos had their CSI moment to prove the picture was doctored? What say you moon bats?

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Well, we all knew that he was lying. All I have to say that this is a double DUHHHHHHHHHH moment.

SC.Charlie on June 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Weiner = laughingstock, joke.

Will NY CD 1 Dems retain his tool in 2012?

If so, then NY CD 1 = laughingstock, joke.

NY 1st needs to dump this guy in order to recover a sense of propriety. If this guy is minding the store, then there is something wrong with the store.

exdeadhead on June 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Now that I see more of Weiner he is kinda hot…

RepubChica on June 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Do you write to guys in prison?

Fallon on June 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

OK, who’s up for going out for hot dogs now?

Fortunata on June 6, 2011 at 6:45 PM

According to Rassmussen, Anthony Weiner is going to lose the Evangelical vote in his district. Those 4 people won’t vote for him. The other 2 are undecided.

portlandon on June 6, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Liberals are more forgiving of shortcomings in the personal lives our politicians (see Clinton’s popularity)

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Also. Ted Kennedy. I agree, liberals will support a murderer over, you know, a non-murderer.

lorien1973 on June 6, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Do you write to guys in prison?

Fallon on June 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

lol

RepubChica on June 6, 2011 at 6:52 PM

This is a a no-brainer. A lay-up. Morning wood. (C’man. Had to get one in there.) A Republican-controlled House, he gets voted off every committee he’s on. Take the names of any Dem member that votes to keep him anywhere for anything. File the info with the RCC for use in the districts, next election. This is the way the game is played. Will the GOP play for keeps? Not holding breath. If they want to remain civil about it, unlike their opponents and the press would, they can quietly communicate their intentions to The Weiner and hand him his…sword. But the dignity of the institution, what’s left of it, demands…the guy has got to go.

curved space on June 6, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Liberals get away with it because they have no standards. When a Conservative does something like this, the reaction is over the top.

jediwebdude on June 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Sure, if the “politician” is liberal. In that case, it never even reaches the stage of forgiveness. It’s just total erasure.

For anybody else, it’s Torquemada time.

You’re either a leftist or a naif who’s never dealt with one.

rrpjr on June 6, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Oh, he’s as Leftist as they come. We both came over to HA with Ed from Captain’s Quarters.

As for Clinton’s popularity during his scandal, that was utterly predictable, as he owned the mainstream media, which had in fact tried to spike the story in the first place.

In the first week after Drudge broke the story, his “job approval” went up to nearly 70%, but that was because he was still busily denying the story.

By the time he gave his first news conference after Drudge broke the story (that would be 3 months later) Clinton successfully deflected blame from himself to Ken Starr. His “job approval” then started to drop.

Clinton then employed the best lawyers other people’s money could buy, and set up a delaying tactic using legal “arguments” crr6 would call sheer genius. Many of these were laughed out of court, especially when he tried to prevent SS agents from testifying to the GJ. This ate up several more months, and the media continued to paint Starr as the bad guy. Clinton’s “approval” went up again, to 67%

By the end of August, Clintoon had committed Felony Perjury in front of a Federal Grand Jury. That same day, he admitted to the US that he had in fact had a relationship with Lewinsky. Job “approval” back down to 60%, still not too bad. Of course, he had the media carrying all of his water for him, of which Dr. Goebbels would approve.

But in mid December, he was impeached. Approval shot up to 73%.

Compare these numbers to his “Favorability” ratings. During the same period many of them were in the mid 40s to low 50s.

Proof positive that

1. As usual, the Leftists in the media pumped out fake polls with biased samples.

2. And as usual, they only reported those parts of the story that would make the guy they put into office (and they did, make no mistake about it) look “good”.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Broussard said she received the same photo of a man’s crotch on May 18 in an email from a man who she then believed was Weiner.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-anthony-weiner-picture/story?id=13774605

Hold on a second – the picture that was sent to that gal in Seattle was something Millimeter Peter sent to ALL of the ladies? She wasn’t “special”?

Ooooh, buddy – you just THOUGHT you screwed up……

TeresainFortWorth on June 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz was unavailable for comment.

BacaDog on June 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

New Yorkers–”Ask not what your Weiner can do for you, But what you can do for your Weiner!”

chickasaw42 on June 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

You couldn’t help feeling sorry for Weiner, but cynics would point out that he lied as long as he had any hope of getting away with it, and only told the truth as a last resort when the story was about to blow sky-high and he had no choice.

John at Power Line

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM

For some reason, this seems somehow worse to me than getting caught actually HAVING illicit sex. Take Spitzer, for example. Sure he’s a pig, but nobody doubts he’s a real man. Weiner’s like some pre-pubescent acne riddled kid who’d NEVER get a real woman, so contents himself with hiding in the closet with his phone and his…er…sorry, can’t bring myself to complete that sentence, but I’m sure you get my drift.

Dee2008 on June 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Remember that during Monica-Gate (a story which if the Democrat media had their way would have never come out) some were asking “What if Lewinsky was really an agent from Israel?”. Clintoon himself could have been easily compromised.

Of course, the Left and their kneepads in the media pooh-poohed any such speculation, saying his adulterous relationship with a subordinate in the workplace was “a personal matter”.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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I thought it was generally agreed that Clinton WAS COMPROMISED as their phone conversations were over an open, non-secured phone line originating from the White House.

Every competent intel agency in the world with a D.C base of operations should have picked up these conversations – Russian, Chinese, Israeli, Cuban, most NATO, etc.

ex Dem from Miami on June 6, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Maybe the Dems can convince Ashton Kutcher to take over his seat.

Laura in Maryland on June 6, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Maybe the Dems can convince Ashton Kutcher to take over his seat.

Laura in Maryland on June 6, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Good one.

Dee2008 on June 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Thank you, Dee!

Laura in Maryland on June 6, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Just one more thing. Breitbart. He is merely awesome!

curved space on June 6, 2011 at 8:14 PM

The only thing missing was him pulling out a gun and blowing his brains out on camera…as the media and America climaxes.

fastestslug on June 6, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Also. Ted Kennedy. I agree, liberals will support a murderer over, you know, a non-murderer Republican.

lorien1973 on June 6, 2011 at 6:48 PM

FIXED

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Take Spitzer, for example. Sure he’s a pig, but nobody doubts he’s a real man.

Real men don’t pay for sex.

mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Liberals are more forgiving of shortcomings in the personal lives our politicians (see Clinton’s popularity)

Tom_Shipley on June 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It’s not mankind’s job to forgive another man for his sins.
That being said, the reason liberals are not usually bothered by things like this is bcs they don’t have a problem with immorality.
In fact, they seem to really like immorality.

Badger40 on June 6, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Just one more thing. Breitbart. He is merely awesome!
curved space on June 6, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Indeed. Weiner took the bait, and hung himself. Breitbart is the master.
Of course , every conservative needs to remember that the left will copy this model – float the bait, but don’t set the hook for days.

humdinger on June 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Just heard this when I got off work.

I haven’t stopped laughing.

HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!

Oh this has been fun.

Jvette on June 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Weiner fail.

tx2654 on June 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Two things I take away from all this:

1. Liberals/leftists for the most part are really slimy, smarmy, immoral, nasty perverted jerks.

2. Astonishment that anyone who looks like Weiner would think he was “all that” and then some. Gag. (But then, I never saw the appeal of Bill Clinton, either. Must be something to do with the first takeaway: i.e., being the immoral creatures that they tend to be, when it comes to sexual relations, to liberals/leftists it doesn’t matter what the rest of the person looks like as long as the genitals are busy fornicating/committing adultery/illicit sex/etc.)

theotherone on June 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Real men don’t pay for sex.
mizflame98 on June 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Have to disagree ma’am. Been paying for it for almost 35 years now.

arnold ziffel on June 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I admire Breightbart”s bravado. I some ways, he reminds me of Larry Flint.

tom0508 on June 6, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I admire Breightbart”s bravado. I some ways, he reminds me of Larry Flint.

tom0508 on June 6, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, except Breitbart is not a lizard slimeball.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Weiner’s not a weiner…he’s a boob and the guy needs to resign. He out and out lied for a week. What else does he lie about?

StarLady on June 6, 2011 at 10:44 PM

and hope your partisan pals come to your aid

Our economy crashes & burns while Dems fiddle with Weiner??

TN Mom on June 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

The schadenfreude! It is burning my eyes!

Theworldisnotenough on June 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Breitbart will bribe you with these goodies. The price? Accepting all thing’s anti-Christian within the GOP. His target is the social conservative element of the GOP. He wants them out. See who he supports at CPAC.

You’re getting played.

Breitbart will attempt to silence Christians in the GOP. It’s just their way.

True_King on June 7, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Ya know, it was fun watching a bastard destroy himself while it was still not real.

Now I find there is enough humanity in me to feel sorry for the man. He has destroyed much of what he had with his own hand and arrogance. Hubris leads to a fall. But I cannot celebrate it even if I’ll be pleased if it costs him his current job.

The poor poor guy. It’ll be days or even months before we know how much he has lost to his raw hubris.

{o.o}

herself on June 7, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Breitbart will attempt to silence Christians in the GOP. It’s just their way.

True_King on June 7, 2011 at 1:04 AM

That’s a serious charge, and I have not seen any evidence of this. Breitbart was fiercely supporting the Tea Party in his most recent altercation. Do you have any links to support your statement?

scotash on June 7, 2011 at 5:58 AM

He actually apologized to AB? Holy smokes, that picture AB is withholding must be a real doozie.

petefrt on June 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

You’re getting played.

True_King on June 7, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Players…

LOL

Roy Rogers on June 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

A Democratic politician lied about sex? No big deal. Move along.

skydaddy on June 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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