Weiner won’t deny that that’s him in the photo (Update: video added)
May 31, 2011 - 11:06 am
Or, Weiner wimps out when directly asked a straightforward question.
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.
“I’m not going to talk about this anymore,” the New York Democrat said. “I think if I was giving a speech to 45,000 people, and someone stood up and heckled in the back, I wouldn’t spend three days talking to him. I’m going to get back to the conversation I care about.”
An interesting number, 45,000. That’s the approximate number of followers Weiner has on twitter, and who therefore get his public tweets. But 91 is the more relevant number, since that’s how many tweeters Weiner followed at the time of the lewd tweet. 91 is the number he needs to be asked about, as in “How did a 21-year-old college student on the West Coast become one of the 91 people you followed?” And follow up from there.
But re-read that quote from Mr. Weiner. Did Weiner just accidentally acknowledge that the tweet really came from him? Why else talk about being heckled when giving a speech “to 45,000 people”? He has previously claimed that he didn’t send out the tweet at all. Now he’s shifting to being “heckled” when he is actually speaking (or in this case, tweeting). That’s a very interesting shift — from “hacked” to “prank” to being “heckled.” Or is Weiner likening the hacker to a heckler? One is a crime with national security implications; the other is just an annoyance. Big difference.
Keep not-answering the questions, Tony. Perhaps in the next one you’ll not-say that you not-do this sort of thing all the time.
Update: CNN posts video of Weiner’s gaggle. He does not present himself as an innocent Weiner wronged, at all. The “I’ve gotta get back to work” bit is right out of the Clinton/Lewinsky playbook.
Update: The “he accidentally tweeted the pic from his cell phone” theory gains more steam.