Many politicos regard Rep. Anthony Weiner as a firebrand liberal and a prominent member of New York's Congressional delegation. Over the weekend, the world also learned that he is either (a) the victim of a malicious online "prank," or (b) a married man with some explaining to do. Here's the background: Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site has been investigating a mysterious tweet disseminated over Weiner's verified Twitter account. The message in question included a link to a photograph of what appears to be a man's clothed erection. The photo, which was directed at a Seattle-area college student, has been traced back to Weiner's yfrog account, which is linked to his aforementioned Twitter account.
With this possible scandal gaining momentum, Weiner has offered up a series of explanations and evasions: He claimed his Twitter account was hacked, then referred to the incident as a "prank" and compared the responsible party to a heckler, then proceeded to lawyer-up (even though he's the alleged victim of wrongdoing), and is now stonewalling the media, refusing even to say if the person depicted in the offending photograph is him. The New York Post provides a fairly exhaustive list of the remarkable "coincidences" that must be true if Weiner's version of events is accurate:
...Those on the left trying to paint this as a conspiracy must deal with an array of odd elements that an increasingly tech-savvy public may find suspicious:
* Not just the offending picture but most of the congressman’s pictures were removed from the site.
* Not only did the young lady’s Facebook and Twitter accounts disappear from the ’Net (she’s apparently since started a new Twitter account, and may go back on Facebook), but also her bylines on articles in her college paper.
* The congressman made it a point to tweet what time an East Coast interview would be shown in Seattle, where the young lady’s from.
* Cordova reportedly wrote in the college paper in March about Twitter’s verifiable accounts giving access to celebrities.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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