Trying To Make Sense Of ‘Weinergate’

05.31.11 2 Comments

You guys, there was SO. MUCH. HACKING. going on over the Memorial Day weekend! In addition to a group of hackers hacking PBS’ website and their subsequent statement about the hacking, Rep. Anthony Weiner’s social media accounts were hacked, or so he claims. One thing is for sure: A sitting U.S. congressman either accidentally tweeted out a photo of his erect dong cloaked in underwear, or someone hacked into his account and did.

Weiner — whose name is, yes, unfortunately pronounced “Wee-ner” — of course is claiming that the pic is the result of muckraking conservatives, while muckraking conservative Andrew Breitbart, a man whose credibility is about as thick as a Catholic communion wafer, is positively apoplectic over the whole “Weinergate” thing, seemingly convinced that he has the goods on Weiner’s naughty extramarital escapades.

Reports Politico:

A photo of a man’s bulging gray boxer-brief underwear was posted to Weiner’s account with yfrog — an online image-sharing site — on Saturday night, according to, which is run by Andrew Breitbart. The photograph is from the waist down, and shows no face.

“The weiner gags never get old, I guess, ” the veteran lawmaker emailed a POLITICO reporter in response on Saturday.

“This evening a photo surfaced on Congressman Weiner’s yfrog account and in his verified Twitter timeline of a man in his underwear with an erection,” Publius, the handle for the site’s editors wrote. “The photo was reportedly sent to a woman on Twitter. We’ve protected her name and her account, which was at one time verified to be active but has since been deleted after the photo in question was deleted. Coincidentally, the rest of the photos in the congressman’s alleged yfrog account were also deleted around 11 p.m. eastern.”

A screengrab of the top stories on Breitbart’s website yesterday showed that it’s been all Weinergate, all the time around those parts…

Stirring the pot in all of this is that the young Seattle girl Breitbart and Co. accuse Weiner of intending to tweet a photo of his penis to, Gennette Cordova, jokingly referred to the congressman as her “boyfriend” recently on Twitter. She released a statement to dispel any rumors that the two of them are having some sort of affair.

All of this is so outlandish that I don’t know whether to be pissed off or amused, quite frankly. This is the reality of sharing information online in the 21st century. Things that I never imagined people would care about are now being plastered all over blog sites, including pictures of me from when I was 17 and tweets that have been taken completely out of context. I tweeted once (it was reported that I said it twice) that “I wonder what my boyfriend @RepWeiner is up to.”

I am a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan. I go to school in Bellingham where I spend all of my time; I’ve never been to New York or to DC. The point I am trying to make is that, contrary to the impression that I apparently gave from my tweet, I am not his girlfriend. Nor am I the wife, girlfriend or mistress of Barack Obama, Ray Allen or Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that I have made similar assertions about them via Twitter.

Meanwhile, Anthony Derosa, aka SoupSoup, noted that the encrypted data in the c*ck-shot in question was not consistent with earlier photos he’s tweeted out, lending credence to the theory that someone either photoshopped the pic into Weiner’s yfrog page and then distributed it, or that the account was flat-out hacked. Also, Daily Kos has laid out a pretty convincing argument that Weiner is being f*cked with here. Hard.

This is all so sad and confusing, isn’t it? Regardless, I guess this comes with the territory when you’re a bombastic, flame-throwing politician whose last name is Weiner, right?

(Pic via Weiner’s Twitter)

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