When a picture of a man's crotch in gray underwear showed up in NY Representative Anthony Weiner's Twitter feed this weekend directed to a Seattle college student, it seemed like the perfect prank. His name is Weiner after all, and what congressman in his right mind would tweet a picture like that. Weiner claimed he was #hacked. But yesterday things got a little more interesting. He went on MSNBC and said that while he did not tweet the photo, he couldn't say with certitude that it was not a picture of him. Wait, what?! As the plot thickens, here are four things to know.
- Following yesterday's admission that it's possible the photo is him, Weiner went on CNN today and said: "I don't know what photographs are out there in the world of me."
- Weiner can't really recognize his underwear. When Wolf Blitzer pointed out that he might be able to tell if it was his underwear, for example, Weiner said "it certainly doesn't look familiar."
- Whether or not he's ever taken a photo of his bulge, there could be merit to his claim he was hacked, since it's apparently easy to do. Plus, some right-wing bloggers known for past hoaxes jumped on the story right away.
- Before he married a top aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, a couple of years ago, he was one of Washington DC's most eligible bachelors. As a single man he was connected to various women, including a New Yorker writer, a reporter, and a television personality/cybermodel. So you never know who might have a picture of him in his undies.
Are you thinking it's time for politicians to get off Twitter?