Skip to comments.‘Weinergate’ (The Congressman keeps changing his story... was it a hack, or was it a prank?)
Posted on 05/31/2011 9:52:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Over the weekend I said that I suspect this will not end well for Congressman Weiner. I still think Im right.
Rep.Weiner stands accused of sending a lewd picture to a young girl via Twitter. He says he didnt do it. At first his office said his Twitter account was hacked. Now he says it was all a prank. This is an important change in language because to claim his account was hacked is to claim he was a victim of a crime. Meanwhile a prank is something he can wave away.
Meanwhile, the Left has been all over the place. They seem torn between wanting this all to go away and wanting to pin it on Andrew Breitbart or some other conservatives to be named later. Thats a problem because Breitbart et al. seem perfectly happy to have an investigation.
Meanwhile, the only person who wants to let the story die is Weiner, which suggests hes the one who has done something wrong or knows something he doesnt want others to know. Even some at Daily Kos realize this is a problem. And while the MSM seems perfectly inclined to follow Weiners lead, there are just too many other outlets that will not let go of the story.
I honestly have no idea what happened, but I do know that Anthony Weiner is exactly the kind of Democrat who would sensationalize a story like this if the politician involved was a Republican. And you can be sure the press wouldnt have to be dragged kicking and screaming to cover it.
I dont think this is a colossal scandal, but the selective standards of the MSM drive me crazy. Recall that the NY-26 race weve just finished analyzing was a result of the fact that a sitting congressman had to resign because he sent a picture of himself without shirt to a woman on Craigslist. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi used Mark Foleys scandal to help win back the Congress.
And what if Weiners innocent and this is a dirty trick by some right-wingers? Dont we need to know that? Shouldnt they be exposed? (You know what I mean! Do you people have any idea how hard it is not to pepper this post with double entendre?)
At minimum, it seems to me that if the Left wants to claim Weiner was set up, then they are honor bound to support a full investigation.
What a dick.
Let's not get overwrought, Jonah. We're not talking about my 10-year-old here.
I think Anthony’s Weiner has started its own Twitter account.
It tweets things like:
“I was sent to a female?”
I’m glad the NR finally (belatedly) covered it. I wonder if Rush will cover it? Drudge hasn’t. I am disappointed with the so-called conservative media so far. It is basically “only” bloggers who have covered it it depth. There very possibly may have been crimes committed and it’s treated as a joke or ignored.
Is Rep Weiner using taxpayer funds to market his genitals?
And since his marketing efforts cross state lines, are they goverened by the Commerce Clause?
If so, can Congress regulate his weiner?
new tag line
Ok, let’s just keep our heads on this and remember, it’s the seriousness of the CHARGE that matters, not if he’s guilty or not.
i think the point he’s trying to make is the omnipresent MSM double standard and not that the girl was somehow violated by the tweet. That being said, my 22 yo daughter would be taken aback at receiving such a pic via twitter. Not all young twenty somethings are worldly skanks.
There actually was an account tweeting this past weekend by the name of Wiener’s Weiner, but i can’t find it now. It was HYSTERICAL!
Perhaps not! However, what is being discussed is the behavior of a U.S. Congressman who is a married man, who may have sent a lewd photo of himself to a young woman! Let’s go out on a limb and ask were this to involve a conservative U.S. Congressman - what reaction then???
Are you guys apologizing for Weiner? You guys think it’s fine for a sitting congressman to be sending wiener pics to girls? Just because he’s a Dem?
That was weiner’s skinny wiener and thighs. He switched to “prank” because his defense lawyer has told him it would be a felony to report a false crime. Weiner needs to be grilled over this.
As long as DOJ is not involved in the investgation.
I agree with the general point. I was simply thinking of the confusion that results from treating a college student as an adult one minute, and as a child the next. I think the inability to establish adulthood vs. childhood is a serious social issue. But that’s neither here nor there, really ...
My 20-year-old daughter would laugh hysterically at anyone pathetic enough to Tweet her his Weiner ... although it couldn’t happen, since she’s not on Twitter sharing her daily activity anyway.
If you lift the little finger of your right hand, the questions marks stop appearing.
That said ... what reaction? The MSM would go ballistic, but anyone who gives a flying freep about them, at this point, can't call himself a conservative Congressman. He's just a Republican, spit when you say that. Republicans caught messing around have resigned. They didn't have to. They could have said, "Bleep you - I'm running for reelection. If you like my voting record, vote for me."
what would sharia law say in this case? can the wife do some cutting on the weiner?
‘I dont think this is a colossal scandal.....”
Then what is it Jonah?...toe tapping wasn’t that big? A picture of a NY congressman with his shirt off wasn’t that big? Where do you say it is a big deal you knucklehead?
Thank you for making my points for me.
my 22 and 16 yo daughters and i are all on twitter. it’s a fantastic way to follow sports, congregates all of the relevant material for you. one needn’t say a word about oneself on twitter, but can use it as an information-gathering device.
There are 10 yos who are far too adult for my taste. i don’t think one has to be hardened and wordly to be an adult.
He can't, what makes you think they can?..............
LMAO! good advice, HG! good to see you! i posted elsewhere today that no matter how cute you think it is, you probably shouldn’t take a pic of it.
Write to Speaker Boehner & request an ethics investigation:
Jonah Jonah Johan, you are forgetting to which party weener belongs.
There will be no consequences to his perverted behaviour.
Oh yes I agree I want to know what kind of awful person would send a photo of an obivious sexually excited man to a young college student using his account.If it were my daughter I’d want to know exactly who the prevent was who did this no matter who they are and I think it is serious enough that it is not a prank that should be overlooked.I don’t care how “small” Weiner thinks the “issue” is it is collassal to find out just who the pervent is.
The media outpets are being very selective on this - it’s very troubling.
But the story itself is a real hoot.
All that remains is for the experts to come forward with proof that the photo was doctored. ha ha
outpets = outlets
although “pets” might be appropriate
I read one story (can not say if it is true) that the girl that was sent the “twitter” has been busy closing her accounts and removing her name from every were...Why, unless there is more to this then the Weiner is saying
UPDATE IV (4:10 p.m. ET): OK, now we have a very significant development: In March, porn star/stripper Ginger Lee boasted that she had received a Twitter direct message (DM) from Rep. Weiner.
She is a fan of Weiner, and raved that getting this private communication from the Democratic congressman was like a DM from Buddha.
This is what I believe lawyers would call pattern evidence, and if anybody in the major media thinks they can safely ignore this story much longer, theyre wrong.
UPDATE VIII: Weiner spokesman in an e-mail to the New York Daily News: This is intended to be a distraction, and were not going to let it become one. Anthonys accounts were obviously hacked. He doesnt know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next.
RE: I dont think this is a colossal scandal.....
Then what is it Jonah?...toe tapping wasnt that big? A picture of a NY congressman with his shirt off wasnt that big?
far be it for me to defend Weiner ( whi I will NEVER vote for ). But in regards to this matter, it reminded me of an incident at work almost a decade ago...
In the early 2000’s I was working in a large company ( which will be unnamed).
I had a friend everyone knows as a sort of “fun” guy who like to crack jokes ( a lot of them were, what to call it -— off color ).
Once, he used his home e-mail to send a funny but lwed picture to all of his “buddy” office mates (including a few women who knew him and his personality). He made an mistake in his clicks of the address book and mistakenly included one HR lady in his mailing list.
She made a fuss out of it and decided to investigate by asking everyone on the list whether they were offended by the picture ( she personally was not offended but apparently had to follow rules ).
When everyone on the list (including the ladies on the list ) told her that they were NOT OFFENDED, the HR lady simply dropped the investigation.
That friend of mine had a close call.
Apparently the basis for filing charges was whether or not the recipient “felt offended”.
So, why am I telling you this?
If a recipient’s “feeling offended” is the basis for being charged with a crime or offense, then my guess is Weiner is probably off the hook. The recipient seemed NOT to feel any offense at all.
Jonah Goldberg is making a personal statement here. He seems to be saying that if he himself received the same lewd picture, it would not have been a big deal to him.
He’s a guilty little pervert. You can draw that conclusion from his arrogant attitude on TV.
How about “a girl young enough to be his daughter”?
Let me do the investigation. I would recognize it!
Geez. These erected officials just can’t help but misbehave.
A dong is like a squid. Yeah, it's good in certain circumstances, especially when well-prepared, but no one wants to see a picture of one on the menu
L M A O
Anthony Weiner will get re-elected and it won’t even be close. :(:(:(
Yeah. What YOU just said.
Which is a direct reflection of what passes for voters in his district.
The reports say Rep. Weiner was “following” several young women on Twitter, which, as I understand it, means the young women were Tweeting.
Rofl! Post of the day!
i cannot speak to the young woman in question bc i don’t know her name or anything about her. i am telling you that it’s possible to be active on Twitter and to reveal zip zero nada about yourself or your daily life. I retweet DraftMarcoRubio tweets all the time, as well as Ken Cuccinelli’s etc.
Weinerweinerweinerweinerweiner...sorry...it’s just funny weinerweinerweinerweinerweiner
The women were likely tweeting. However, “following” an account on Twitter is just a mechanism to monitor whatever tweets are sent from the account. You can follow an account that doesn’t post any tweets.
I’m going to go with the obvious scenario: Rep. Weiner has been “following” a number of young women who were actively using Twitter, in the hope that he’d eventually work up enough nerve to send one of them a picture of his weiner, out of a pathetic hope that she might respond in a way he’d find titillating. So to speak.
OMG!! Was the Weiner hack a ChiCom attack???
Has Ubama placed our military (one of the best in the world, he tells us) on alert for a possible response to the Weiner crotch shot?
One can only imagine that as we speak, Ubama, Biden, Hillary and Panetta are giving the matter of finding Weiner's wiener the same kind of attention they gave to finding UBL.
He's a Democrat. Here's how Democrats treat sex scandals:
[Gerry] Studds was a central figure in the 1983 Congressional page sex scandal, when he and Representative Dan Crane were each separately censured by the House of Representatives for an inappropriate relationship with a congressional page in Studds' case, a 1983 homosexual relationship with a 17-year-old male. ... Studds defended his sexual involvement as a "consensual relationship with a young adult." Dean Hara, whom Studds married in 2004, said after Studds' death in 2006 that Studds had never been ashamed of the relationship. "This young man knew what he was doing," Hara said. In testimony to investigators, the page described the relationship as consensual and not intimidating. ... Studds received two standing ovations from supporters in his home district at his first town meeting following his congressional censure.