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The ‘Mouth’ goes mute! Weiner humbled in Twitter underwear scandal

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Will the real weiner please stand up?

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted on Wednesday that the lewd photograph dispatched via Twitter to a Seattle co-ed might be his own.

Weiner told MSNBC that he “could not say with certitude,” that the groin-level picture was not a part of his reed-thin frame — while still insisting that he never personally sent it, and that his computer was “hacked.”

“Someone committed a prank on the Internet,” Weiner said, suggesting that “something was manipulated” and that someone was having a laugh at his expense.

“The implication is I did something wrong,” the lawmaker said. “I was a victim of a prank.”

The latest revelation comes a day after an ashen Weiner was uncharacte­ristically humble in discussing a report posted over the Memorial Day weekend that Weiner had sent a picture of his midsection in gray-underwear to 21-year-old Gennette Cordova via his Twitter account. Within hours, the porno-Tweet became known as “Weinergate,” a scandal that could prick Weiner’s mayoral dreams.

“This is a distraction and I’m not going to let it distract me,” the usually peacock-proud, six-term congressman told reporters.

Weiner — whom we dubbed “the Midwood Mouth” last year after his latest explosion at his Republican colleagues on the House floor — did not smile at the uncomfortable press gathering, refusing to answer basic questions about the whole affair, including why he was even “following” a 21-year-old college student on Twitter in the first place.

To understand this fast-breaking, Internet-speed news story, here’s our “Weinergate” timeline:

• The picture — including what appeared to be an erection — was tweeted to the woman on Weiner’s account at 11:30 pm on Friday, May 27. But the tweet — and the underwear — was visible to all of the congressman’s nearly 50,000 followers.

• One of those followers was the writer of a conservative blog, Biggovernment.com, who managed to capture and repost the picture, airing the congressman’s dirty laundry about one hour later.

• Someone in Weiner’s office, or the congressman himself, quickly deleted the original post — a move that gave the growing scandal the name “Weinergate,” as some called the deletion a cover-up.

• The congressman said he took down the salacious post because his account had been “hacked,” though in the early hours of the scandal, he appeared to maintain his sense of humor.

“Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender going to attack me next?” he tweeted.

• Now Midwood’s big banana has hired a lawyer to “explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken,” said spokesman Dave Arnold.

This week, in the heart of Weiner’s district, the porno-Tweet incident barely got a rise out of his constituents.

“What’s the big deal? He’s a politician, but he’s still a man,” reasoned George Skevos inside the Mirage Diner on Kings Highway, where Weiner often has breakfast. “Whether or not he did it, he’s a man and he’s entitled to do what he wants.”

Others said it’s best to judge a man by the content of his character — and not by the junk in his trunk.

“You should vote for people based on what they do in the community and for society,” said Irina Grinberg of Sheepshead Bay. “It’s a silly picture, but it doesn’t seem pornographic to me. Personal is personal.”

If most of the reactions were muted, it might be because so few of Weiner’s people really know what Twitter is, despite its ubiquity since launching in 2006.

The social networking site started as a way for friends to keep each other abreast of each other’s comings and goings, but of late, it has become the new soapbox, where public figures and politicians can air their views without being interrupted by pesky reporters. On May 11, for example, Newt Gingrich sidestepped the “lamestream media” by announcing his presidential campaign on Twitter. And Sarah Palin recently tweeted her 534,000 followers a 140-character “letter” to President Obama.

As such, some were repulsed by the image of Weiner’s alleged unmentionables — and if Weiner did send it, would not vote for him because of it.

“Oh, please, that’s gross,” said Rita Berman. “If he’s representing us, he shouldn’t be doing this. He shouldn’t have a Twitter.”

Weiner’s political allies came to his quick defense.

“I don’t think there is the remotest possibility that a guy like Anthony Weiner would do something as dumb as has been suggested,” said Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Mill Basin). “Why would Anthony Weiner send a graphic photo to a girl in Seattle that he’s never met?”

Fidler wasn’t fazed that Weiner lawyered up — instead of demanding a federal investigation into the alleged e-crime. “In this gotcha mentality in the world, you do some things prophylactically to make sure.”

Last year, Weiner married to Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As such, the case is reminiscent of married Republican Rep. Chris Lee, the upstate lawmaker who quit last year after it was discovered that he was trolling for dates on Craigslist, and sending pictures of his shirtless torso. At the time, he initially claimed his computer was hacked.

The truth was just the opposite.

Updated 6:49 pm, June 1, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Shal from dc says:
Weiner showing his weiner!
June 1, 2011, 12:12 am
Lee McLaurin from Liberal Avenue says:
Despite the nonsense in the article, there are not that many people on earth with a brain cell who don't know what Twitter is. The reason his "constituents" are so muted, is because nobody really gives a crap. Nobody knows if the story is true, and he may just be telling the truth that his account was hacked into. It seems ridiculous that you guys are reporting that people are not given to histrionics about a grown man, allegedly, posting clothed shots of himself to another adult. Get a life.
June 1, 2011, 12:30 am
Bob from Simi Valley says:
Wow, I guess you can even find people to write about pulp-politics garbage like this. The exif data on the photo in question doesn't even match that of Weiner's phone. It's mind-bendingly lame that anyone would cover this with a straight face as if it's real news.
June 1, 2011, 12:47 am
Robert from Manhattan says:
Wow, I guess if the Midwood Mouth now declines to deny that he sent the picture, he appreciates that lying would get him into even deeper doo-doo when the truth finally comes out.

His press conference non-answers didn't even rise to the level of a non-denial denial.

How delicious to see the Midwood Mouth so tongue-tied that he couldn't utter the simple words, "I didn't do it!"

Probably on advice of counsel.

Notwithstanding yesterday's fillibuster, this story isn't going away. The longer it lingers the worse it will turn out for him.

It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.
June 1, 2011, 2:11 am
George W from dc says:
Just tell the truth, it will set you free.
A non-answer is not truth or even a denial.
Guilty as charged.
June 1, 2011, 9:10 am
tee gee from sunset park says:
I can't believe how many euphemisms for penis that the reporter was able to include in this article. I just can't believe the Paper would spend so much time on a story with no meat to it. I wonder if weiner will hire the likes of Dick Tracy to find the snake behind this. I was always an admirer of Weiner because he stood up for us working stiffs. I just can't believe that my congressman would be such a schmuck, this would never have happened in the Johnson administration. Wiener's run for mayor will be more like a three-legged race at this point. I wonder if this was actually a prank by someone on his staff?
June 1, 2011, 10:25 am
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
so weiner shows his weener and blames the republicans , what a whiner.

i hope he washed that sock after using it.
June 1, 2011, 10:30 am
tupelo35 from windsor terrace t says:
tee gee , do you think he's up for the job and if he wins ,will he have a firm grip on any problems that may arise.
i personally think he's not qualified, to be our mayor, but with a stroke of luck he may limp to a victory.
June 1, 2011, 10:44 am
O2 from Wburg says:
anybody who believes weiner did this has got a hot dog for a brain. pass the mustard...
June 1, 2011, 10:51 am
Joey Bots from Botsville says:
Great post tee gee!!
June 1, 2011, 11:09 am
K. from Arkady says:
Andrew Brietbart was so shocked by this rampant display of heterosexuality that he had to report it to the media! Imagine, straight men holding positions of power in goverment! Quelle Horrors! He must be a Democrat.

Bonus points if you can guess what Andys new windows background picture is...
June 1, 2011, 12:13 pm
Shane from Burleson says:
What a Weiner!
June 1, 2011, 1:38 pm
Page from congress says:
I was told men with a big schnozzle were proportionately sized elsewhere.
June 1, 2011, 1:51 pm
Buck Fobama from Reality says:
This artical's content and attitude is what I would expect from a society that views itself elite, educated and better than the rest. What a sad state of affairs, pun intended, we have become. Pride cometh before the fall. America.
June 1, 2011, 1:52 pm
Joe Nardiello from Carroll Gardens says:
Is it just me, or shouldn't the FBI investigate immediately... that someone 'hacked' into a U.S. Congressman's email or communications/networking? (Now, why wouldn't they?)
June 1, 2011, 2:45 pm
TUPELO35 from WINDSOR TERRACE says:
page, not true, that rumor was started by pinocchio.
another blockhead like weiner.
June 1, 2011, 3:13 pm
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
This article is no surprise from Murdoch owned media. Shame on the Brooklyn Paper for selling out.

No mention of the odd coincidence that Weiner has some bogus scandal the same weekend Clarence Thomas finally releases his wife's earnings which SHOULD be much more of a scandal. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

—— this monopolized media ——. There are barely any independent voices left.
June 1, 2011, 4:20 pm
IP Address from The Web says:
Real easy to settle it one way or the other: Ask Twitter and Yfrog to release the IP addresses of computers posting to his Twitter account and uploading photos over that night and a few days previous (both had to have been hacked to upload photo then to Tweet it). It'll either be just his IP or his and another IP which logged on to the two accounts that night--How about it?
June 1, 2011, 7:10 pm
Breitbart from Slime City says:
Another one bites the dust!!
June 1, 2011, 10:48 pm
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
is it just my imagination or is weiners nose getting longer every time he denies he sent the photo.
June 2, 2011, 9:14 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Kinda makes me wanna vote form him all the more... "Anthony Weiner: his —— is this big!"
June 2, 2011, 12:09 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I meant to say: "Anthony Weiner: his kawk, kock, c0ck, €ock, ¢o¢k, weenis... is this big!" ah, censorship...
June 2, 2011, 12:12 pm
Moe from Hudson Valley says:
If Weiner was a Republican he would have to resign but for some reason Democrats are allowed to act this way. Some even get their own TV show. Why are Republicans held to a higher standard? Why can't all politicians be held to a high standard?
June 2, 2011, 2:56 pm
Fran from Brooklyn says:
Moe, Ever heard of Sen. David Vitter(R), re-elected by his party? GOP Sen. John Ensign(R), left office "on his own terms?" GOP ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich(R), having an affair while skewering Clinton for the same behavior, running for president? Gov. Sanders (R), hiking the Appalachian trail in June 2009, refusing to resign, completed his term in office through Jan 2011. John Boehner(R) caught handing out tobacco lobbying bribes on the FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, now the duly elected Speaker of the House. What's that you say about a higher standard?
June 3, 2011, 5:21 am
"TOP REPUBLICAN GUY" from West Brooklyn says:
This is all just a titter about the Weiner-weiner-twitter. There's a real Washington scandal that's about to blowup the government in spite of over two years of wet blankets like Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly, and lots of super-potent high-level damage control. Who cares about Weiner's weiner when we are flashing the world with America's Democrat's favorite weiner, "Barack Hussein Obama II", the “duly elected” but altogether ineligible President of the United States.

To date, President Barack Hussein Obama has shown, done and said far worse about the purported “ ‘BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II’ BIRTH CERTIFICATES” than Weiner has about the "twitter of 'his' (unconfirmed) weiner".

Obama is not eligible to be President because he has NEVER really been one of us. Any serious critical look at the real evidence of Obama’s provenance, together with some very reasonable inferences about what’s been done and said by “All the President’s Men” makes it about 80/20 against the President, who is also nation's top Democrat, getting away with this great constitutional scam.

Democrats you’re about to be hit with both “The Great Depression II” and “Watergate II” at about the same time. After that Weiner’s weiner twitter will be just a fond memory.
June 4, 2011, 1:25 pm
kaley from brooklyn says:
man he is just in atight staution
June 5, 2011, 1:36 pm
Jesse from Oneonta says:
What a boner
June 5, 2011, 10:17 pm
Bob from Dix Hills says:
Guilty.
June 6, 2011, 4:37 pm
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
now that he owned up , i guess he'll be counseled by billy bob clinton and jesse jackson.

just love those dumocrats
June 6, 2011, 5:01 pm
Jessica from Queens says:
Weiner has to go !!! He is an embarrassment to New York, the Country, and the Democratic party. We are becoming a joke, and we need responsible people to represent us. I hope the Democratic party will not be hypocritical and will demand he goes away.
June 7, 2011, 6:37 am

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