Since last weekend, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has been denying that a lewd photo sent from his Twitter account came from him. Not just a simple, unequivocal, “I did not send that photo,” but a days-long dance with the press where he has tried not so much to deny it as to over-explain how it could have happened and change the subject. Failing to get a direct answer to a direct question, the media have refused to let him off the hook.
Today he gave an interview to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and while he did, finally, directly deny sending the picture, he moved to another topic without even taking a breath. When shown the photo in question, he did not deny it was of him. Instead, he went into an odd little explanation of how photos can be doctored, etc. Hmm. He should be able to state absolutely that the photo is not of him because neither he nor anyone in his presence had ever taken such a picture.
I’m really disappointed. Until now, I’d rather liked Weiner, prickly though he is sometimes. But he has handled this issue so badly that I now doubt his innocence.