Please, say it aint so! – NYT: Weiner Can’t Say Twitter Photo Is Not of Him.

Sigh. I’m crying/dying/hurting/scared inside as I write these words. Just as I felt comfortable and kinda smug that Weiner-gate was nothing but a right wing conspiracy, the NYT and other news outlets report that maybe the “hard left leaning” photo might have actually belonged to Rep. Anthony Weiner after all. The plot thickens.

My first response is “Dayum, Anthony!” My next is, “Please, say it aint so!”

The last thing the Congressman (and Democrats) need is an embarrassing sex scandal, especially one with lewd photos.  Let’s not judge too hastily. Sure, he’s  been slow to call for an investigation.  Maybe he sounded a little defensive yesterday.  He hired a lawyer AND private investigator.  He’s dodging questions better than most of my ex-boyfriends.  The HuffPost today wrote:

A day after telling reporters that he’s “not going to talk about this anymore,” Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) broke his silence Wednesday about the controversy surrounding a lewd photo sent from his Twitter account.

“This was a circumstance where someone committed a prank on the internet,” he told MSNBC’s Luke Russert. “I didn’t send [that] picture out” the congressman said, though he does not know who did. Is the photo of him? “I can’t say with certitude” he told Russert.

Certainly, there’s a reasonable explanation, and I still smell a conspiracy. Hackers are certainly a strong possibility given the fact that Andrew Breitbart was among the first to discover and expose the photo. Rep. Weiner’s in a safe Democratic district NY. He’s an excellent liberal messenger against conservative policies.  The Congressman gets tons of press, and is the perfect RW target. Ya know? Sort of like ACORN, Shirley Sherrod (NAACP) and Planned Parenthood. Remember all the malicious gotcha videos against them? What better way to weaken or knock Weiner out of the game than with lewd photos sent to a young African-American woman? Sure, some of this is a little uncomfortable. That was my initial response, especially after reading the NYT article. The details are fuzzy. So, we’ll just have to see how this plays out.  But, in politics things aren’t always what they seem. I don’t think we should throw the Congressman under the bus. I, for one, am team #WeinerYes. I stand by him. I encourage you all to do the same.

Update: The Rachel Maddow Show examined this issue, and showed that someone could send a fake Twitter photo that APPEARS to be from someone’s account relatively easily. Check it out on her blog here.

6/6 Update – More pics out there via Village Voice.

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