Monday, June 6, 2011

Weiner's (D) Press Conference

Takeaways from the press conference; It was me, I sent it, it was meant as a prank, I have done other inappropriate things, I will not resign.

It bears mentioning that he did lie about this, try to cover it up with more lies and dodging, and apparently only came clean following the bombardment of Breitbart leading the way with a series of new pictures (one, two, three) and one unreleased photo described as of an extreme graphic nature, with the flood gates about to open.

Video embedded below.

In case you missed it, that last question was "Were you fully erect?".

He may not resign, but I am not sure he can survive this; at least I hope he can not.

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  1. Imagine if your website actually focused on things that matter

  2. @Anonymous - a sitting congressman lies to the American people, cries wolf about a massive security breach, and sends blackmail photos of himself to at least a half dozen people he apparently does not really know, and you do not think that matters?

  3. Ian Dubrowsky6/08/2011 7:30 PM

    I agree with Anonymous's sentiment

    There are few things more sickening -- or revealing -- to behold than a D.C. sex scandal. Huge numbers of people prance around flamboyantly condemning behavior in which they themselves routinely engage. Media stars contrive all sorts of high-minded justifications for luxuriating in every last dirty detail, when nothing is more obvious than that their only real interest is vicarious titillation. Reporters who would never dare challenge powerful political figures who torture, illegally eavesdrop, wage illegal wars or feed at the trough of legalized bribery suddenly walk upright pretending to be hard-core adversarial journalists as they collectively kick a sexually humiliated figure stripped of all importance. The ritual is as nauseating as it is predictable.

    What makes the Anthony Weiner story somewhat unique is that the pretense of substantive relevance (which, lame though it was in prior scandals, was at least maintained) has been more or less brazenly dispensed with here. This isn't a case of illegal sex activity or gross hypocrisy (i.e., David Vitter, Larry Craig, Mark Foley (who built their careers on Family Values) or Eliot Spitzer (who viciously prosecuted trivial prostitution cases)). There's no lying under oath (Clinton) or allegedly illegal payments (Ensign, Edwards). From what is known, none of the women claim harassment and Weiner didn't even have actual sex with any of them. This is just pure mucking around in the private, consensual, unquestionably legal private sexual affairs of someone for partisan gain, voyeuristic fun and the soothing fulfillment of judgmental condemnation. Thus the private sexual activities of public figures are now inherently newsworthy, without the need for any pretense of other relevance.

    I'd really like to know how many activist types clucking with righteous condemnation of Weiner would be comfortable having that standard applied to them. I strongly suspect the number is very small. Ever since the advent of Internet commerce, pornography -- use of the Internet for sex has has been, and continues to be, a huge business. Millions upon millions of people at some point do what Weiner did. I know that's a shocking revelation that will cause many Good People to clutch their pearls in fragile Victorian horror, but it's nonetheless true. It's also true that marital infidelity is incredibly common.

    If any public figure ever patronized or even visited a porno site on the Internet or had a sexually charged IM chat with someone who isn't their spouse, shouldn't that now be splashed all over the Internet so we can all read it -- not just the fact of its existence but all the gory details? After all, this is about Character: these are Important Journalists and Politicians, and how can we trust them if they're not even faithful to their spouse? I

    Yes, Anthony Weiner lied -- about something that is absolutely nobody's business but his and his wife's. The only reason to want to wallow in the details of Anthony Weiner's sex life is because of the voyeuristic titillation it provides: a deeply repressed culture celebrates when it finds cause to be able to talk about penises while hiding behind some noble pretext. On some level, I find the behavior of the obviously loathsome Andrew Breitbart preferable; at least he's honest about his motive: he hates Democrats and liberals and wants sadistically to destroy them however he can. It's the empty, barren, purse-lipped busybodies who cannot stay out of other adults' private and sexual lives -- while pretending to be elevated -- that are the truly odious villains here.


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