I had the wonderful fun of having family visit this weekend, including my two gorgeous granddaughters. The Anthony Weiner Weenie story was intriguing but not high on my list of things to occupy my time. Today it’s time to sort it out and see what happened. It seems highly doubtful that Weiner would send a Weenie pic to anyone on Twitter doesn’t it?
The New York Daily News shouts “Too many coincidences in Weiner’s tale.” Genette Nicole Cordova said a lewd pic was tweeted to her from an “account that was familiar to me.” She also says Congressman Anthony Weiner was following her on Twitter and that’s when the harassment began (apparently from a separate account – or maybe not) after she sent a Tweet to @repweiner.
The NY Daily News points out that it is rare for a member of Congress to follow a Tweeter (at least under his/her real name – we don’t know what they do under an alias):
Yet, as of yesterday, he was following fewer than 200 others — and, with all those famous folks to choose from, one of the few he followed was Cordova, a 21-year-old college student who lives nearly 3,000 miles away in Bellingham,Wash.
Run that though your head for a second and at the same time remember two important facts about Twitter:
1. If two people follow each other on Twitter, they can send private messages unseen by others.
2. The difference between a direct message, seen by only the recipient, and a public tweet, seen by the world, is a single character.
The biggest problem for Weiner and his defenders on the left is not bloggers from the right. It’s the details of “#weinergate” can be understood by millions of ordinary people in 140 characters or less.
The photo has survived on the web but the Twitter accounts on both sides have been deleted.
Today the Daily Caller says the Congressman is refusing to say whether the “lewd” photo is of his jockey’s (with him in them) or not:
Rep. Anthony Weiner refused to answer questions outside his Capitol Hill office about how a photo of an erect penis covered by boxer briefs ended up on his Twitter account over the weekend.
In a brief gaggle with reporters Tuesday, Weiner was asked directly if the photo was of him, but he refused to say.
While it seems odd to imagine the fairly-newly-married (to Hillary Clinton’s aide) and feisty Weiner would send a photo of his weenie, it is even odder that he will not say the photo isn’t of him. He has retained an attorney but has not asked police to open an investigation.
The Weinergate facts, as we so far know them: on May 28, @RepWeiner, the verified Twitter account of US Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), posted a tweet of a y.frog photo of a slightly-built white male straining to pitch a pup tent in a pair of grey Hanes Underoos…after all, what Internet user is safe when the person who hacked this unsuspecting Weiner remains at large? Okay, maybe not “large,” but still, come on man.
By the way, seems IowaHawk is offering a reward for certain aspects of this story.
As reports surfaced that Cordova was Weiner’s mistress, she says she is a fan but has never met him. Politico asks if a hacker hacked the account and sent the photo, why would “a hacker” “delete his own handiwork four minutes after it was posted?” Jennifer Rubin says if Weiner did this, “he’s toast.” “…voters will put up with a lot, unless you lie to them.” I think she is not taking into consideration that Weiner’s following are far-left and this won’t touch him with constituents (unless, possibly, he runs for New York City Mayor in 2013 as he has hinted).
The Other McCain has an awesome timeline and round-up of the details of this story. Of the 198 persons Weiner followed on Twitter, Gateway Pundit publishes their pic, and…OMGosh! Then American Power has a Twitter timeline and says the “photo was hardly impressive.” JammieWearingFool says a “conservative blogger” is being blamed for exposing the exposure. This Wiener pic at Left Coast Rebel will bring a chuckle while not doing much for Weiner-fatigue. Memeorandum has a developing thread.