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All a Twitter (updated)
June 1, 2011 - Jim Anderson
I’ve been trying to make sense of Congressman Anthony Weiner’s Twitter scandal and I’ve about given up.
There seems to be evidence that the underwear photo sent under Weiner’s Twitter account was a prank.
I’m pretty sure it was prank, but at the same time I can’t guess with any confidence that the prankster wasn’t Weiner himself.
Which, I know, would be stupid, but not everything everyone does is smart.
There’s no denying that the intended recipient of the Twitter photo — a Seattle college student — was someone “followed” by Weiner on Twitter. No crime in that, shrug, though it does leave the married Democratic congressman open to ... to what, I’m not sure. But it’s another reason why the story won’t die soon.
Weiner insisted today that the incident isn't worth a criminal investigation ... but he’s hired a private investigator. So you might look upon that as playing it just right — or trying to control the outcome.
As an aside, the attraction of Twitter, which is estimated to have 200 million users, is soaring.
Personally, I don’t get it, but keep in mind I don’t use the remote locking/unlocking buttons on my car’s key chain, either.
Congressman Weiner has nearly 50,000 Twitter followers. Lady Gaga, recently surpassed 10 million.
“It’s an illness how I love you,” Gaga microblogged to her followers upon reaching that landmark.
Now that Rep. Weiner has confessed, and the mystery is solved, the remaining question is whether he will resign.
He insists he will not.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has called on the Democratic congressman to step down, saying Weiner’s “actions and deception are unacceptable.”
Hard to argue with that.
Politicians deceive us all the time, so it’s a tricky standard to decide when deceptions cross the line.
Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? That was monumentally more important than a sexting scandal, but the murkiness of truth in that matter gave George W. Bush an out — justified or not.
There was no murkiness in Weiner’s deception. And that makes his political survival uncertain.
He can always move on to a talk show.
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