It's time for Weinergate!
Just to dive in in the middle, I especially like the statement from coed in question, (a journalism major who loathes the news process) which denies a few tangential points and ducks the good stuff:
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.
There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me.
As to whether any exchanges were "inappropriate", let's take a step back - were she and the Congressman cyber-buddies engaging in idle chit-chat and having appropriate exchanges from time to time on the Twitter private service? Is it possible that a third party might consider some of those private exchanges to be a bit flirty? I am not sure a twenty-one year old who wants this whole thing to go away is the most reliable judge of what might have been appropriate. And let's add that Rep. Weiner apparently chatted up a high school girl on Twitter earlier this year.
RS McCain adds this:
All righty then: Define “inappropriate,” Ms. Cordova.
By your own admission, you publicly described a married congressman as your “boyfriend,” which some people might consider inappropriate.
Meanwhile, law enforcement does not seem to have been brought in. Their apparent absence speaks volumes.
And while we wait for the police dog to bark, Ace notes this:
Despite the fact that this is a Verified Twitter account, supposedly vetted by Twitter to insure that the named individual is in fact the account's user, we have had no incident report from Twitter on the "hack," or notice of a failure in its security, or cautions as to how to prevent the same "hack" from occurring to us.
Well, a highly publicized hack would normally draw some sort of public response, yes? More should come clear on Tuesday with the holiday behind us.
My Bold Prediction for where this is headed - Congressman Weiner won't be filing a police report. One might think that hacking a Congressman's account to smear him and sexually harass his Twitter followers is a big deal, but it's not like he is the governor of Alaska or anything. After a bit of scrambling Weiner will explain the absence of law enforcement by offering up a brother or cousin or college roommate who will claim to have crept onto the account and played this prank simply because Weiner jokes never get old. Har de har.
As to the truth, well, Weiner's an "Anything Goes" Democrat and the girl was 21, so move on.
UPDATE: Weiner has now done what anyone else would do after their account was hacked and a lewd photo was sent out in their name - he hired a lawyer to advise him as to “what civil or criminal actions should be taken”. He still won't say whether he has notified the police, which pretty much means he hasn't.
CATERWAULING: Jese Taylor at Pandagon is a hero on the left because of his ability to leap to illogical conclusions in a single bound. He excerpts my point that "I am not sure a twenty-one year old who wants this whole thing to go away is the most reliable judge of what might have been appropriate" and heads into the abyss:
This makes a great deal of sense - the proper people to determine whether exchanges that didn't take place were appropriate are a group of slavering middle-aged conservative men who should be allowed to go through every e-mail and Facebook photo the woman's ever been a part of and comment on how much cleavage she's showing.
Geez, I thought my point of view as to who should be checking this out was made pretty clear by my comments on the lack of police involvement.
But since we are on the subject of reading comprehension, let's bring Jesse up to speed on a more important point. He says this:
Weiner and the woman involved are both contending that the tweet and picture were a result of someone breaking in to Weiner's account. The woman suspects that it was a user who had been harassing her for weeks based on the fact that Weiner was following her account.
Expressed my dissatisfaction to NYDN over their implication that I backed the hacking theory.
The News offered this:
Friday evening I logged onto Twitter to find that I had about a dozen new mentions in less than an hour, which is a rare occurrence. When I checked one of the posts that I had been tagged in I saw that it was a picture that had supposedly been tweeted to me by Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters.
Annoyed, I responded with something along the lines of "are you f***ing kidding me?" and "I've never seen this. You people are sick." I blocked their accounts, made my page private, and let the matter drop, expecting them to eventually do the same.
Within about an hour, however, I realized that I had grossly underestimated the severity of the situation that I had somehow become a part of.
Jesse is just one of many to misunderstand that.