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Weiner Fesses Up, Says He Won’t Step Down

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Posted on Jun 6, 2011
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In for a penny, in for a pound: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., confessed Monday to conducting sexually charged, but virtual, exchanges with several women.

Another high-profile politician has learned about the perils of conducting a career—or, in this case, extracurricular activities—with the aid of modern technology. Yes, Rep. Anthony Weiner did send that risqué tweet, he admitted Monday, and it wasn’t the only one.

The New York Democrat made an apology, during a press conference at a Manhattan Sheraton hotel, to his supporters and his wife, as well as to one notable detractor from the right, blogger Andrew Breitbart, who was the key figure in bringing the scandal to light. While he was at it, Weiner also called himself out on his cyber-shenanigans with several other women. He is attempting to contain the fallout and hang on to his seat in Congress at the same time. Whether he’ll be successful in either of those endeavors remains to be seen.  —KA

Video of Weiner’s confession follows the excerpt below.

The Washington Post:

In an extraordinary reversal at an extraordinary news conference, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York admitted Monday afternoon that he had repeatedly lied to his constituents and the country in denying that he had sent a lewd picture of himself to a college-age woman on Twitter. In a tearful admission, he said that he had in fact sent multiple inappropriate messages to multiple women but that he had done nothing illegal and would not resign.

... That was in contrast to the bombast that Weiner demonstrated last week, when he sought — to disastrous effect — to shame reporters for asking questions about a photo sent from his Twitter account. He repeatedly said his account had been “hacked,” but he failed to answer basic questions — such as whether the photo was of him and why he hadn’t called on authorities to investigate the matter. All that defiance appeared drained from the lanky congressman Monday as he stood for more than a half an hour taking fire from reporters, who asked whether he had used any government computers to send the messages, whether he knew any of the recipients to be underage, whether he had engaged in phone sex, whether his wife would stand by him and whether he thought he could be reelected.

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By Shenonymous, June 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

If the ah, er,... shoe,... fits, too bad!  Are you fessing up that your size, 2
out of 3 inches?  Must be your alleged manliness is bruised.  Is it because
you fit the description?  Or maybe you are one of those Republican
married cheaters?  There were no insults in either of my earlier posts. 
You seem to have brain disease.  Must be all the psychosex you have
been having.  Didn’t your mother tell you it would make you go blind?

Do you think rico cannot defend himself or retort my post?  You think
lowly of him, M’thinks.  He has shown he is well able.  Youse is a
patronizing miscreant.

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By reynolds, June 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

two out of three

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By Shenonymous, June 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

What is even more astonishing is how much you are such a dumb, o
dious, and bitter troll reynolds (and by the way you idiot, I might be
hateful, but ahs tain’t too too old a bag.  You obviously do not have
much of a life but to use up youse energy insulting me!  So sad, too
bad, you might just have your regular meal of worms.  Bon appetite

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By RayLan, June 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

Boy want a non-event developing into a career-killing drama!
And I don’t give a flying… what this man does in his spare time as long as it’s legal and ethical makes no difference to me.
Why are Americans so prissy about sex, considering it hosts so much of the porno industry?

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By reynolds, June 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

astonishing. if a person doesn’t agree with you word
for word you start with the insults. the mistake suave
made was acknowledging you at all, you hateful old bag.

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By Shenonymous, June 9, 2011 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

rico, suave, I’m not off track, perhaps you are feeling self-conscious? 
Of course it is about lies, but seems apropros to take a moment to
mention the prevalence for “smutty” behavior.  Smutty behavior is
that is normal for most men.  Nearly all of the men I’ve become
acquainted with have the idea that they are studs.  Did you know
that every second 28,258 people are viewing sexually explicit
material online?  Every second, $3075.62 is spent, which makes the
pornography industry larger than the revenues of Microsoft, Google,
Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and Earthlink combined?  The
United States is the largest contributor of websites and maintains a
$4 billion business. (source: From the altar to the Internet: Married
men and their online sexual behavior. Journal of Sexual Addiction and
Compulsivity, 13, 2006 Dew, Brubaker, & Hays)  Of course the article
refers to married men, but the statistic covers all who access the
Internet sites.  It is reported that the average of their first exposure
are 11-year olds.  Psychologists say porn images can have a sustaining
effect and becomes a problem in 47% of Christian households.  For
most men, religion does not provide much of a preventative. 

Now turning to morality:  Seems like morality is grounded in personal
aims but has a lot to do with equal respect, which means looking at
them from the moral point of view.  Philosopher James Griffith says
there is much to be said for the idea that no life can fully flourish, that
is, reach its highest fulfillment, unless it is a moral life.  But the rub is
what is the moral life?  What do you say is the distinguishing marks of a
moral life?

Lying would seem to fall within the description of morality.  The
religious of the West would say it is even a commandment not to lie
(bear false witness, that is a special case of lying).  Obviously people lie
for various reasons and Weiner is no exception for lying from fear of
the consequences he would have to face where the truth be told.  It is
no more complex than that.  There are degrees of lying and one lie is
not always equivalent to another one. So what are the degrees of lying,
what is the scale?  White, small, medium, or big might fit the bill.  And
again it really doesn’t matter how much you lie, but it is what the lie is
about that determines whether it is great or insignificant.  It seems like
the more a lie affects other people is the degree to which the lie is
immoral.  As Jack Nicholson said in “A Few Good Men,” “The truth?  You
can’t handle the truth!”

Lying can be pathological, that is, it is a disease.  The proliferation of
lying is that it hurts people who are sincere and truthful.


Having addressed the lying, why he immersed himself in such behavior
at all then is the bigger moral complex question and would address the
bigger question of the behavior of men in general and how they
encourage each other in smutty behavior.

It is a laugh riot that men are deriding him mercilessly, a constantly
craven perverse pleasure men get out of doing that, when they
themselves become absorbed in unending sex activities both legal and
illegal.  Speaking of illegality, you failed to mention David Vitter’s illegal
practice of paying prostitutes, who has yet to apologize to anyone or
admit to his putrid behavior.  Your mentioning of Lee was about the
most innocuous example you could have used as a comparison with the
poor behavior you could have given, quite dishonest of you but
understandable.

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By Lew Ciefer, June 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

@ diamond, June 7 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

Name one law this man has broken. Just one. On the other hand he is a Jew married to a Muslim woman and had Bill Clinton officiating at their wedding and his wife works for Hillary Clinton. Is that the sound of scales I hear falling from eyes? Don’t you know a witch hunt when you see one? The fact that Breitbart started all this should have tipped you off.

It’s about ethics not about any posible criminal activity at this point. Politcians are supposed to maintain a higher ethical standard than the rest of low class humans.

I know ... that’s funny! When one thinks of Vitter in a diaper, pooping himself, and the first balck president with that nasty cigar in his mouth grinning like a jackass chewing on cactus and that car driven off a bridge with that girl drowning while the driver hauled booty ... I can’t stop laughing!

Wasn’t Andy Breitbart a big deal HuffyPuffy Post dude not to long ago? Guess he took what he learned working all those years for the Left to heart. You do know that someone sent him the info? Start looking within the Dem party and you’ll find the culprit. Weiner has obviosuly stepped on someone’s weenie and they decided to roll him under a bus.

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By reynolds, June 8, 2011 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

it isn’t, he wasn’t.

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By thethirdman, June 8, 2011 at 12:51 am Link to this comment

@Rico
I would like to believe that your hatred of liars is sincere.  I haven’t been on
Truthdig for that long, but I sure hope you were just as much of a moral warrior
when Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et al were vomiting up their egregious lies.  When
they lied, hundreds of thousands died. 
Wiener lied about an embarrassing personal transgression. Not quite the same…

Also, twitter is stupid and provides nothing of value.  This is further proof.

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By David J. Cyr, June 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

QUOTE (sharonsj):

“So liberals can’t breathe without lying?  I could give you a giant list of all the Republicans’ lies, but I bet you would claim they weren’t.”
______________________________

Note the corporate party conditioned Democrat assumption there that anyone who doesn’t love liberals must be a corporate party Republican.

Liberals can have a curious ill in their logic: What Democrats do is acceptable to liberals, when they see the Democrats as just doing what Republicans do.

However, liberals have cornered the market in lies… monopo-lies-(D)it.

Lying requires intent. Intent requires intellect.

A person saying something untrue isn’t lying if they haven’t the ability to understand what is true and what is false.

Therefore, the abysmally “ignorant” conservatives simply haven’t the capacity to lie.

However, the (all above average) “intelligent” liberals can’t seem to ever use any truth unless they intend to abuse it.

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By rico, suave, June 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

Shenon:

Don’t get off track. It’s about the lies, not the smutty behavior. As I said before, I agree with the posters here- who cares about Weiner’s peccadillos? It’s the fact that he felt the need to lie rather than say, “So what?” It’s the fact that he had the hubris to think he could lie and get away with it.

Has anyone ever lied to you Shenon? Do you still trust them?

This isn’t Repub-Dem. This is people whom we trust to do our business for us. It’s not about the sin, it’s about the lie.

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By Shenonymous, June 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

rico, suave, Lee’s apology was short and concise and immediate, you are right.  Weiner’s excessive.  I can only think the length fit the felt guilt.  Lee de facto lied or he would not have had to apologize to wife, family, friends and constituents.  Weiner explained that fear was why he lied.  I call the entire episode for him a case of Thanatos.  Some people just have a death wish.  I mean the guy is a most successful liberal!  He screwed up in his private life, but remember, he didn’t screw. Reminds me of Jimmy Carter’s lusting in his heart but not in body or something like that.  I don’t condone what he did and the lying only exacerbated it.  He should have fessed up immediately.  Even without any proof, I still say a great number of married men would engage and do engage in similar behavior.  Are these men criticizing Weiner for immoral turpitude?  Politicians must be more than human and above men’s base nature.  If we are taking count, I’d say more hypocritical Republicans have been found to be immoral in the last few years than hypocritical Democrats.  Their politics have nothing to do with their immoral behavior.  It is so common that it is a male characteristic far as I am concerned.

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By diamond, June 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

Name one law this man has broken. Just one. On the other hand he is a Jew married to a Muslim woman and had Bill Clinton officiating at their wedding and his wife works for Hillary Clinton. Is that the sound of scales I hear falling from eyes? Don’t you know a witch hunt when you see one? The fact that Breitbart started all this should have tipped you off.

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By Lew Ciefer, June 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

What the hell is the matter with all of you people?

This guy has/had a bill proposing governmental Internet control against sexual predators. Had it been a law he would have broken—at least the spirit—his own legislation. Don’t you even partially see the irony here? This is what is wrong with the system. These self-absorbed hypocrites are like the Pharisees of Jesus day.

“They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.” Mt. 24:4

“But He said, “Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.” Luke 11:46

It’s not about this POS being a democrat or a republican. It’s about this scum bag wanting to rule over us. This guy—and all the rest of that Washington ilk—should be shoveling feces in an Excrement factory, not self-serving as a political leader and especially not in a time of such severe economic crisis. He has a solid anti-business voting record while the U.S. is suffering record setting unemployment. He’s a collectivist!

In our form of government leaders are supposed to represent ‘us’, they aren’t supposed to be legislating THEIR moralist collectivist ideology on us. This guy is 100% asshat and needs to be forced out. He shouldn’t even get a pension. It’s a shame that taxpayers will being paying for this POS for many years to come.

I don’t care if this guy has sex with cucumbers in the privacy of his home. I don’t care if a bazillion bimbettes want nude pics of him and they sex talk themselves into multiple organisms till they drop dead. But I do care about low-moraled sons-a-biotches dictating how the rest of us should live. 

We need to rid ourselves of these incompetent social workers bent on making us the subjects of moralist projects that they believe should be implemented to make the world a better place. Political asshats—like this jerk Weenie—have no business telling us how to live, especially in light of their obvious low moral lives. Nationalizing moral life doesn’t work and leads us ever closer to totalitarianism. Weenie is a collectivist, power-hungry mongrel and is representative of everything wrong with our political system today.

If you think moralizing national life is the answer to what ails us think ... PROHIBITION!

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.” —Jesus of Nazareth

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By Blackspeare, June 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

@ christian96…

Only when he learned that people thought the photo was
of someone well-endowed did he admit it was him.  Well,
it wasn’t him it was me!!!

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By christian96, June 7, 2011 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

His name should be “Wiener,” as in hot dog.  Wonder
if it was a footlong dog or just regular?  I didn’t
see the photo.

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By Blackspeare, June 7, 2011 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

Imagine someone with the name “Weener” gets caught in such an act——you just can’t make this stuff up!  But what even more outrageous is his wife’s first name, which is Huma——can you imagine being called Hum-a-Weener!

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By johnnyfarout, June 7, 2011 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

I stand by my quid pro quo statement earlier… if we have to see a democrat’s penis, then we should have to also see some olde quim from a rebuplican! I remember when Sonny Bono died skiing and then one of the Kennedy’s hit a tree on a fabulous ski weekend and died. My 80 year old father said, “Looks like God took one Republican, and then to keep things even, he took one Democrat.”

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By sharonsj, June 7, 2011 at 7:17 am Link to this comment

So liberals can’t breathe without lying?  I could give you a giant list of all the Republicans’ lies, but I bet you would claim they weren’t.

Meanwhile, it isn’t the liberals who are always crying about family values while cheating on their wives, or bashing gays while foot-tapping in the men’s bathroom.

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By rico, suave, June 7, 2011 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

Shenonymous:

What about Chris Lee from NY-26? He committed the same acts and resigned immediately. I guess he believed his (Republican) constituents expected moral behavior from him, and when he failed, he did the right thing, he resigned. I guess Wiener’s (Democratic) constituents don’t expect moral behavior from him, so he feels no need to step down.

Everybody here is right- what’s the big whoop about a few cheesecake photos and some racy emails?

The problem is that Wiener flat out lied to the press about it. If lying comes so easy over something as trivial as a few blue photos, how can anyone trust Wiener to tell the truth about serious stuff, like campaign donations, or quid pro quos he might be tempted by?

People like Chris Lee understand that. Wiener doesn’t.

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By CJ, June 7, 2011 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

When it comes to committing offenses, hardly on a par with, say, drone
bombing Pakistan, though at CNNMSNBCFOXCNBC one would think the former
far worse than the latter.

Weiner ought not have lied about it, the cover up always likely to result in worse
than the “crime.” Still, not exactly Watergate here.

It was a dumb thing to do for a member of Congress who ought have known
he’d get caught sooner or later, but I still believe prurient media’s response to
be far dumber. Just amazing media’s obsession with the genitals of famous
people and with any and all sexual practices by same.

But equally true of most Americans in general in a nation yet to grasp a few
simple Freudian (or Kleinian) concepts; i.e., growing up.

I though Weiner overdid the apology except for that delivered to his wife, the
only one with any right to feel seriously offended and of course injured by his
betrayal of vows to her.

Far as I know he never vowed fidelity of the marital kind to his constituents, let
alone to any of the rest of us, never to send out by any means whether
electronically or the old-fashioned way a photo of himself partially clothed or
buck naked.

As for Pelosi calling for an “ethics” investigation, aside from laughable, that
really is akin to calling in arsonists to pass judgement on a guy who just plays
with matches. Was money exchanged? Was there blackmail of any kind? Was
there bribery of any kind? Etc., etc.

In short and as usual, hypocrisy is what’s up both in media and D.C.

Except for Larry O’Donnell, who had the best line, something like, “After seeing
the one photo, I’d be hesitant too to say it wasn’t a photo of me!” Good one,
Larry; I related and got a laugh.

Then there was Brietbart, scum of the earth demanding an apology in his
capacity as “serious journalist.” Now THAT was nauseating!

Yes, Patrick Henry, Weiner’s constituents will decide, and I’m guessing they’ll
reelect one of the damn few good guys in the cesspool we refer to as
“Congress.”

(Just now on CNN’s American Morning disaster, a psychologist is holding forth
on Weiner’s actions, as opposed to on CNN’s ongoing actions, unfortunately. All
write CNN, or one of the other yellow-journalism operations, to ask when they
plan to issue their own apology.)

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By reynolds, June 7, 2011 at 5:13 am Link to this comment

excuse me while i struggle to maintain my equilibrium
lest i collapse in shock at this stunning revelation.
i think he should call it a day, especially if it’s
night.

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By Shenonymous, June 7, 2011 at 5:02 am Link to this comment

Anthony Weiner made an admission of guilt you will never see another politician make.  How many who are without similar guilt, lied, engaged in immoral turpitude, and worse, have had gall to throw stones?  Regardless of the criticisms he is getting, and most of it is rightly made, he was forthright and he will face consequences.  If his constituency does not want him, they will let him know.

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By David J. Cyr, June 7, 2011 at 4:50 am Link to this comment

This is so pathetic in so many ways, but mostly in media’s measure of this insignificant indiscretion having great importance, while the climate that human civilization is existentially dependent upon is collapsing.

Democrats are liberals, and liberals can’t breathe without lying. There’s no substance in the “news” of Weiner’s limp little lies.

Note that the corporate media never reports on the BIG lies. It’s its job to embellish those.

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By PatrickHenry, June 7, 2011 at 3:02 am Link to this comment

Fortunately, the people get to decide his fate every two years.

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By Robespierre115, June 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

Weiner is just another imbecil politician. The American people either rise up and smash the current system or continue living under these neanderthals.

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By thethirdman, June 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment

This is not the equivalent to playing gay footsie in the bathroom or blowing male
prostitutes for meth.  I really don’t care what politicians do in their personal lives. 
I do, however, find it funny when the party of family values gets caught.  But
Weiner never ran as a “good guy.” Most in his district are very happy with the job
he is doing representing them.  That is a politician’s job—to represent their
constituents.  With Breitbart and Tweet on the loose, Jesus wouldn’t even have a
chance in this day and age.

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By christian96, June 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

POLITICIANS! The governor of Florida today signed a bill requiring people on welfare to take drug tests.  I about fell out of my seat.  I yelled at the television, “You idiot.  Make the politicians take drug tests.  It’s not people on welfare who have passed the laws that have just about ruined our country.  Test the politicians!”  I knew our Governor in Florida was an idiot when he was running for office.  He had a commerical on television where he made the comment, “It’s the politicians that have ruined our state.”  I thought, “Is this guy an idiot?  Doesn’t he realize that if elected he will be a politician?”  He had enough money to get elected.  Now, we have an idiot for a governor.  Signing a bill that would require people on welfare to take drug tests.  People on welfare don’t pass laws. Politicians do!  Require politicians to take random drug tests if you want to impress me.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., June 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

Weiner the wiener! What a maroon!
And he thinks he’s going to keep his office?
Not in this life!

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