Are you ready for Weinergate? The other day, a picture of someone took a picture of their weiner and sent it to a co-ed in Seattle from Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account. Was it Anthony Weiner? Did someone hack his account? Or was someone playing a joke on him? If it wasn’t Weiner’s weiner, he’s sure doing an odd job trying to explain what happened. Glenn had all the developing details on Weinergate on radio this morning.
“Anthony Weiner, the guy who did an investigation, a hardcore ‑‑ now, see, this is bad again ‑‑ did an intense investigation of me last summer, had congressional hearings about how I was a man of ill repute and I said at the time, you know what? Don't worry; these people will end up destroying themselves. That is not happening here with Anthony Weiner,” Glenn joked.
“I'm going to take him at his word, that his Twitter account was hacked into over the weekend,” Glenn said.
“Which word are you going to take? Are you going to take the fact that it was hacked into or that he was pranked?” Stu said, noting the strong difference between the two phrasings. Hacked would implicate much more sinister intent and consequences than a ‘prank’.
Pat pointed out that it didn’t seem like Weiner had contacted the police or the FBI, even though someone hacking a congressman’s account would seem to be a big sensitivity issue.
“For national security purposes, there should be an investigation,” Glenn said.
"8:00 he tweets out the weiner pic, okay?" Stu explained. "At 8:04 he's tweeting about a hockey game and doing it many times in a row. So he's on Twitter at least four minutes later."
"Then four hours earlier, he tweets this. He's 'heading to 30 Rock to chat with Rachel Maddow at 9:00 and then he hash tags it 'that's 5:45 in Seattle I think'."
"So before this he's obviously interacting with someone in Seattle and right after ‑‑ you know, after he tweets that, the girl in question also retweets his 5:45 in Seattle line."
And what does Weiner have to say?
“ If I were giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back threw a pie or yelled out an insult, I would not spend the next two hours of my speech responding to that pie or that insult,” he told reporters – who weren’t happy with the answer.
Glenn, Pat, and Stu all wondered why he would not just say “No, I didn’t do it” rather than pretend like it’s a non-issue. “If someone asked you, is it your junk in the picture, that's an easy no,” Stu said.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Weiner "can't say with certitude" it is not his weiner in the weiner pic.