Skip to comments.Statement on Opie & Anthony’s Illicit Capture and Release of Photograph
Posted on 06/08/2011 1:50:42 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
Earlier today, a photograph resembling one that I had withheld from publication in the Weinergate saga was released without my knowledge or permission.
Prior to the publication of our story on BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com this past Monday morning, it was necessary to show the pictures I had received from our source to several news producers, including several at major news networks, to prove that the additional material I described really did exist, which some have continued to doubt.
This morning, I showed a photograph, which our source claims Weiner sent her, to radio hosts Opie and Anthony of the Sirius XM radio network on my mobile device. Somehow, without my knowledge or permission, apparently a picture was taken of my mobile device, and subsequently published by Opie (Gregg Hughes) on Twitter.
His co-host, Anthony (Anthony Cumia), stated today:
In regards to the photo of Anthony Weiner that was leaked by members of The Opie And Anthony show on 6/8, I want to make it clear that Andrew Breitbart had no knowledge that this photo was being made public. A phone with the photo was being displayed and a camera in the studio caught it. It was then uploaded to twitter [sic], again, without Andrew Breitbarts [sic] knowledge.
I regret that this occurred.
Aren’t Opie and Anthony the shock-jocks who put a couple up to the stunt of having sex in the vestibule of a church in NYC?
Bid deal if Breitbart intentionally or unintentionally let this pic leak. Once you take a pic and hit send, you run the risk that it will one day surface.
Don't know what happen to the woman involved but the day the man was to be sentenced in court, he died.
This reflects VERY badly on Mr Breitbart after what appeared to be a very sincere oath to not reveal this pic. A man has only his good name. Mr Breitbart will have an uphill battle against the MSM who SAVAGE him( and rightly so) for this action.
Whoa. Who-oh ah.
I thought Andy Breitbart was smarter than this. Dumb move squared.
Yeah, I agree. They're going to come after him with everything they've got. He asked for an apology, promised something in return. He got the apology; the media pretty much begged Weiner to apologize to Breitbart.
Now this. Not good.
I understand showing the photo to a reputable news publication’s managing editor to validate that it exists. You can do those kinds of deals (non-disclosures) and expect them to be kept. But a couple of “shock jocks”? Jeeze! Andrew Breibart shows a serious lack of judgment here!
“Mr Breitbart will have an uphill battle against the MSM who SAVAGE him( and rightly so) for this action.”
The libs/msm are going to come after him with everything they have anyway. Most of the people will never hear about Breitbart. All they will hear about is Weiner’s activities.
The kid inside that only wanted to show off dad’s gun on the school playground got the best of him.
Look up your rep and call. Weiner either resigns or faces an expulsion vote. The sooner the better.
If your rep does not agree, then tell him or her that they must approve of Weiners actions. And that is not acceptable to you.
Andrew Breitbart is a damn fool to go on that live action Beavis & Butthead show, and is reaping what he’s sown for doing so.
I am sick and tired of our side having to “play fair” and “take the high road”. Just damn, don’t you people know we are in a war? I was hoping Breitbart was lying when he said he wouldn’t release the X-rated pics, and I hope he’s lying now when he says it was a mistake.
yes- St Patricks Catherdral and they got fired- that aside they are actually pretty funny and Anthony is a big conservative- was outspoken against obama in 2008....
Anthony is anything but liberal.
Boo hoo for Anthony Weiner--if you take gross pics of your stiff penis and post it on Twitter, chances are it will become public knowledge.
Couldn't happen to a nicer Comrade than Weiner. Gun owners and lovers of freedom everywhere should rejoice that this dangerous man is going down in flames!
By the way, this story was on HuffPo earlier (I troll the evil sites to see what the enemy is thinking) but FR wouldn't let me post from HuffPo. Let the schadenfreude begin!
I have enough trouble looking at his face. Think I'll pass on his privates.
“I am sick and tired of our side having to play fair and take the high road. Just damn, dont you people know we are in a war? I was hoping Breitbart was lying when he said he wouldnt release the X-rated pics, and I hope hes lying now when he says it was a mistake.”
Agree 100%. Breitbart completely humiliated one of the worst lib loudmouths around, and probably destroyed Weiner’s career to boot. Good for Breitbart. As if he didn’t hear Opie and Anthony’s camera.
BLUE TOOTH possibly...hey i use it from my iPhone to run my iPad on presentations...maybe one can sneak in any experts?
Lotta scumbags are pretty funny. I heard that Uday Hussein was a lot of fun to hang out with, as long as he didn't decide to feed you to his pet alligators.
Of course they're "kind of funny." You don't get a radio show in a major market without being very entertaining. I have no doubt that they can be hysterical.
They're scumbags, though. Breitbart's associated himself with them and their ways. When he denies knowledge of their effort to capture an image of his phone's display screen from a distance (I have a telephoto lens that could easily capture an image of that nature from a distance of 30 feet, if not more), we've got to wonder. We can picture them saying, "hey, Andy, mind holding that screen just a little bit more horizontal for us. He heh. Yuk yuk." and then Breitbart says "Huh? Oh. He heh. You mean like this? Yeah, sure. Yuk yuk yuk."
OK. How ‘bout a “major News publication” that’s constantly touting its adherence to “journalistic standards”? At least that way we could hang them by their “standards” if they went public. Radio hosts like “Opie & Anthony” live for these kinds of events. What would anyone expect them to do by release?
Breibart is either very stupid (doubtful), or he’s using the other side’s tactics. The latter worries me.
Opis and Anthony? Yeah. Breitbart, you really owed it to those great newsmen to show them the photo.
Why do smart people (Breitbart) do STUPID things? The whole thing was a victory, then he does this. Grrrrrrr.
You are following Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals #5, I see: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."
You are so dumb you don't even realize it.
Monkey see, monkey do.
Meanwhile, while we "follow the rules," the Left finishes us off.
The man and woman who allegedly had sex in the landmark church were also charged. Before he was to appear in court last month, Brian Florence, 38, died at his home in Alexandria, Va. His girlfriend, Loretta Lynn Harper, 36, was expected to plead guilty to a minor charge and avoid jail time, their lawyer, Maranda Fritz, said.
AB said he had no intention of making the picture public. He did not promise that no one would see it or that it would not ever become public. People act like he had the only copy of this pic. That is just not true. There are multiple copies floating around and one was going to get out eventually.
So is anyone sorry for Weiner? It is my position that anytime you focus a camera on your naked penis and snap the picture, that picture will eventually be shown to the world. But it will only be when that picture is associated with a scandal and you are a person of power or notoriety that the world will pay attention.
I am with you brother. We have way too many chicken sh!ts around here.
Do you think the rats would hold back?
Briebart is dumb like a fox.
He's a hero patriot.
Picture confirms what I suspected; Weiner is just a little prick.
Andrew may just be warming up. I hope so. I hope he's as mean and dishonest an SOB as Weiner and the rest of the dems.
All you "Well, if we have do win that way, I'd rather lose" people can sit on your hands and watch.
Breitbart had already won everything. He got an on-air apology by the awful Weiner, which was the equivalent of getting Yassir Arafat to utter the word "Israel" on international television.
He had won the whole situation, and done it playing by the rules.. Now the victory is tainted, and the MSM will never let it be forgotten.
The only argument that makes the least sense is that he knows the MSM hates him, will do anything to discredit him (as they did in the Sherrod case), and that they deserve not an inch in terms of "following the rules." I don't agree with that, and I don't think it will work out well in the long run, but that does make a sort -- a sort -- of sense to me.
He also loses the leverage he claimed to have to keep Weiner, or other communists in the U.S. Congress, from coming after him or the women with whom Weiner carried on. That could be a significant error, in the long run. We'll have to see.
...sez Mr. Alinsku.
Go back to DU where you will be among your kind.
>>AB said he had no intention of making the picture public. He did not promise that no one would see it or that it would not ever become public. People act like he had the only copy of this pic. That is just not true. There are multiple copies floating around and one was going to get out eventually.<<
I’m certainly not gonna weep for Weenie, or lose any sleep over it. lol
It may be relevant, or not, but Savage said yesterday that he found the “holding of other photos” by Breitbart morally objectionable since it smelled like blackmail. Got me to thinking if there might have been certain legal ramifications that also might be defused by “accidently” releasing the photo basically into the public domain. Grist for the conspiracy crowd.
I’d like Weiner to stay, as the best campaign ad for Republicans ever.
Oh, please. I've been here longer than you have.
If one professes to be “conservative” without being a true “social conservative”, one’s views are missing the foundation of conservatism - morality not based on the slippery slope of relativism.
We have witnessed in recent days the personal meltdown of a national politician. His private sins have come to public light, and his personal life is probably in ruins.
Disclaimer 1 I want to say I had never heard of Congressman Anthony D. Weiner before last week. I still know nothing of his voting record, only that he is a Democrat from New York, serving in the House of Representatives here in DC. Whatever his political leanings, they are not significant for this post, because I want to talk about us, about this nation and how we behave when very personal things like this come to light. Some commentators may wish to tell me about his political views, or indicate that Democrats do this to Republicans, (they do), and that there is a double standard in the media (there probably is). But none of these is the point of my blog. The point I wish to explore is the soul of this nation, and what we do to the wounded among us.
Disclaimer 2 Anthony Weiner has sinned. Indeed, from an objective point of view, he has sinned gravely. He has strayed from marriage vows, engaged in lewd conduct, indulged lust, likely made unwanted sexual advances, and drawn others into lust. He also lied, as do most who get caught in shameful situations. Like any sinner, like any of us sinners, he ought to repent and seek the forgiveness of God, his wife, family, and all others he hurt or offended. As to whether he should resign, I have no strong opinion. As a citizen I see no real need to demand it, unless significant civil laws were broken. But in the end, I want to be clear that I do not make light of the sins he has committed, and I preach and teach against such things regularly.
But, I want to ask about us, about our national soul in matters like this. I have grave doubts about our rush to utterly bring to ruin those who struggle with personal sins of this sort, and also matters like substance abuse.
Lets be clear, we live in a profoundly hypersexualized culture. Sex is everywhere, sexual misbehavior and promiscuity in our culture is beyond epidemic, it is beyond pandemic, it has become endemic. We casually display and treat adultery, fornication and now homosexual activity in our movies and TV sitcoms. We have normalized sex outside of marriage, and living together before marriage. We even sexualize children in our culture, as we have discussed on this blog before. Add to all this misbehavior the toll of AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, teen pregnancy, divorces, broken families, and hurt and confused children being raised in non-ideal settings in ever larger numbers.
And Internet pornography is a huge, utterly huge problem in our culture. Ever larger numbers of Americans not only look at it regularly, but many are also powerfully addicted to it. And the addiction is addiction in the worse sense, for they not only compulsively view it, but need more and more of the stuff, to satisfy the longing. And what is viewed must become edgier and edgier to turn them on. Its big business. The pornography industry has larger revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. According to compiled numbers from respected news and research organizations, every second, $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography. More on the truly staggering Internet porn numbers here: Internet Pornography Statistics.
As a culture we have become very ill, sexually speaking.
All of this makes the piling on when a public figure falls from grace quite astonishing. It is very true that Congressman Weiner has a problem and has done something that is very wrong. But the fact is also true that WE have a problem as a culture. Our leaders are drawn from our ranks and reflect us. In a culture sexually confused, debased and out of control, we will see our leaders reflect our collective ills. Every now and then, it would seem that we dont like what we see in the mirror, and we go into attack and destroy mode.
It is a common trait that individuals will often be most annoyed by people who subconsciously remind them of themselves. If this is true at the individual level, it may well also be true at the collective level. And this may explain our strange need to pile on when someone has done something sexually shameful. Deep down inside, most people know, despite all the rationalizations and defenses our culture presents for its sexual liberation, that what we are doing, overlooking , or celebrating, is wrong. Yes, we know, deep down, underneath all the stinking thinking that fornication, adultery, pornography, immodesty, lewd conduct, and homosexual activity is wrong; we know. But we try to suppress the voice of our conscience. We smother it with hired experts, presumption, talk of liberation, and other versions of the previously mentioned stinking thinking.
Another way we try to assuage our guilt is to try and find some poor slob who is worse off than we are and say, Look at that terrible person. And for a moment we feel better.
Yet another way is to find a scape goat. In the Old Testament, on the Feast of Yom Kippur, two goats were designated to carry the guilt of Israel. One was slaughtered and offered in sacrifice. The other, the scape goat, was driven into the desert in order to carry away the guilt of the people. The scape goat bore the sin of the people. And this bespeaks not only a religious ceremony, but also a recognition by God that we often need something to focus our sin on, and ceremoniously drive it away. Other forms of this are writing ones sins on a paper then burning it, or an addict smashing a liquor bottle in renunciation of sin.
But people are not meant to be scape goats. No where are we directed to destroy others for our sins, or drive them into the desert.
So, Congressman Weiner has done a bad thing. But, collectively we are also behaving very badly. Matters such as these are very private and ought to handled in a private manner. He has done something very shameful that has briefly come to light. As Christians we should use moment like this to reflect.
But I pray God, we who bear the name Christian are not part of the piling on, the ridicule, scorn and derision, that the wider culture is currently engaged in, and the media has rushed to cover like sharks in bloody water. There is probably not one of us, who does not have things we have done, we would prefer not come to light. We ought to be very careful before we engage in finger-pointing, and the glee that bespeaks a kind of Schadenfreude. Even if one were to conclude the Congressman does not have our kind of politics (and a lot of this is about politics), he is a human being who has ship-wrecked his life, and needs our prayers. So does his family, and the victims of his antics.
On a personal note, I am a priest, and I often deal with people who have done some pretty sinful and painful things, people who have made a ship-wreck of their life. And while the Church must clearly and prophetically speak against sin and injustice, she must also remain a hospital where sinners find relief, treatment and mercy. It is not unlike doctors, who night and day cry out against smoking, but must still treat patients who come to them with pulmonary problems and cancers related to smoking, now or in the past. Sinners (all of us) need the truth, but they also need compassion, love, and mercy, along with treatment. This is the Christian way, and as a priest I have grown to understand it more and more deeply.
In terms of sexuality, it may be that too many pulpits have often been silent about the serious nature of these sorts of sins. But Ill say, not mine. Yet when some one comes to my door (or confessional) after a shameful fall, I am called to show them mercy and give encouragement, so they can start again, and rebuild their lives, often shattered.
Jesus said to the adulterous woman: I do not condemn you, Go now and leave your life of sin (John 8:11). But to this sinful and adulterous generation (cf Mk 8:38) the Lord is more pointed: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her (Jn 8:7).
I pray that none of us who bear the name Christian have stones in our hands just now. A brother among us has sinned. Will we pile on, or pray on? Someone needs our prayers. I think I know what the Lord wants. I surely know what he did and said.
Photo Credit: Scapegoat by William Holman Hunt in the Liverpool Museum
You have a future as community agitator. It's where your talents lie.
Maybe. I'll grant you, AB's proven he's no dummy, and he's done so repeatedly.
You have a future as community agitator. It's where your talents lie.
You're the only one who seems agitated. Better check what you're sitting on; there could be a surprising reason it feels so comfortable.
What was Breitbart doing meeting with people like that?
I consider anyone who uses the phrase "you people" to be an arrogant twit.
Your sense of self-importance is misplaced.
FReepers should not be condescended to, especially when they have done NOTHING!
Have any thoughts on the topic?
Agree 100%. Breitbart completely humiliated one of the worst lib loudmouths around, and probably destroyed Weiners career to boot.d—
I think Weiner did all that, not Breitbart.
I agree with Mancow Muller, Anthony and Opie get away with their shit because they are indeed liberals.