Gutfeld: If Rep. Weiner Is Innocent, Why Is He Acting So Guilty?
Written by Greg Gutfeld / Published June 2, 2011 / Red Eye
On Tuesday, Congressman Weiner suffered a meltdown of meltdowns.
To recap, it happened after a lewd crotch photo was sent to a Seattle co-ed from Weiner's Twitter account. Weiner claims he was hacked, but instead of calling authorities, he lawyered up.
When reporters asked if he sent the photo, he lost it. Check it out.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REP. ANTHON WEINER, D-N.Y.: If I was giving a speech to 45,000 people, and someone in the back of the room threw a pie or yelled out an insult, would I spend the next two hours responding to that? No. I would get back -- I would get back
UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: This is not that situation, though.
WEINER: I would get back -- I would get back -- well, why don't you do -- you want to do the briefing, sir?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: You sent from your Twitter account -- a lewd photograph was sent to a college student.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Answer the question, was it from you or not?
WEINER: Sir, permit me -- do you guys want me to finish my answer?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Now if he's innocent, I've never seen an innocent man act so guilty.
But why the anger?
Well, he assumed the press would let this blow over -- a consequence of living in a protective bubble the press affords liberal politicians.
The problem with that bubble? It bursts when the story gets really juicy.
Hence, Weiner looked like a deer in the headlights, trying to box the headlights.
The panicky bob of his Adam's apple seemed to be sending Morse code, saying to his friends in the media, "Why! Why! Why! I'm one of you!"
It was a tantrum directed not at a hacker, but the media, his allies.
And now, since then, we've witnessed Weiner orchestrate a few bite-size interviews. It's like a sausage dictating how it should be cooked.
In these interviews, Weiner calls it a prank, not a federal case. But, like I said before, it is a federal case if hacking was involved, which he says.
Here is the congressman today, with our own Bret Baier, sweating.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BRET BAIER, HOST, "SPECIAL REPORT": Why not call the authorities? As of today, U.S. Capitol Police says there's been no call for an investigation, FBI --
REP. ANTHONY WEINER, D-N.Y.: Nothing -- I wasn't in the Capitol. I mean --
BAIER: But you're a sitting member of Congress.
WEINER: That doesn't mean that everything that happens to a sitting member of Congress becomes a federal offense. Let me --
BAIER: Well, we talked to a former DOJ computer crimes prosecutor, and he said that it would take one call to the FBI and they would subpoena Twitter and within five minutes you could probably get the IP address that this happened from.
WEINER: Well, hold on a second, so you think that when someone posts on your page, let's say, your page.
BAIER: I'm not a member of Congress.
WEINER: Let's say -- I'm just a citizen. I'm a citizen, too.
BAIER: You're @RepWeiner.
WEINER: No, that's not my government account. I mean, I'm just telling you that this is my personal account, this is -- I was tweeting about hockey at the time when this all happened. Um, you know, I can tell you, maybe you think it should be a big federal case, maybe there should be millions of dollars of federal resources put to trying to figure out who posted on Congressman Weiner's page a picture of what it was.
Maybe that will turn out to be the case, but the way I'm pursuing it, is I'm going to let people who do this for a living, Internet security types and white collar criminal guys, to take a look at this to see if there's a civil action or a criminal action.
But I have to tell you something, I don't think this is a federal case, I don't think that this is the second rising of bin Laden being an Internet Twitter hoax. What this is, is someone making mischief, and this is, I believe, time for us to kind of focus on that again. Take a step back and say this isn't some big crime, the person who's named in that Twitter never got the photograph, says she doesn't know me, and I certainly don't know her. I didn't send this prank to myself with a picture making fun of my name.
BAIER: Alright, you definitively didn't send it but you can't definitively say whether it's you or not?
WEINER: I can definitively say that I did not send this. I can definitively say it looks a lot like a prank and a joke about my name. I can say with certitude that I have hired someone who is going to come in, deconstruct this as best they can to make sure this doesn't happen again.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Anyway, Drew at Ace of Spades blog makes a good point. If Weiner says this was a prank, then he knows the motivation, and likely, the origin.
Could it have been someone he knows really well?
After all, Weiner won't deny that it's him in those shorts.
But a bigger question remains. Why isn't Twitter filing charges? Sure, Weiner is a Congressman, but Twitter is a huge company. Their servers were presumably hacked, they must file charges.
It's as if I left a suitcase full of unicorn Hummels at your house and a burglar broke in and stole that case. Sure, I can file charges, but really, you should.
So I ask, where the hell is Twitter in all this?
And where the hell are my unicorn Hummels?
I should check someone's shorts.
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