May 31st, 2011
01:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Liberal congressman plays down Twitter controversy over lewd photo

(CNN) - A prank or a possible glimpse of scandal?

Liberal Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner tried Tuesday to deflect attention away from a controversy involving a lewd photo briefly posted on his Twitter account, saying the matter was undeserving of further attention.

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  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    Leave it up to Andrew Breitbart to try and make a conspiarcy out of this ordeal. Let's not forget he's the man responsible for Shirley Sherrod losing her job due to his lopsided reporting.

    May 31, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This appears to be an obvious attempt to setup the Congressman in a most unfavorable light. Curious that the person with the the history, and the most motivation and means to pull off such a fraud is also the first one to discover it. Coincidence.

    May 31, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. bccobbs

    Great work on this story.

    One obvious explanation why Rep Weiner is acting so shady and refuses to answer questions...

    May 31, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Prudence

    omg. he won't even deny the photo was of him.

    May 31, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. bskb

    I can't believe how readily CNN is willing to help propagate the lie that this twitter account was hacked. If it was, the Congressman wouldn't have hired a lawyer and then refused to contact the authorities. The truth is that he got caught and hoped that his friends in the media would help perform a cover up. It's shameful that CNN hasn't asked him the very simple basic questions that would put the congressman's lies to rest.

    May 31, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. alan

    how could you possibly give such a hateful, known liar such a breitbart so much time on your air??? very poor judgement, as your own commentator (toobin) pointed out. whomever made that decision should be fired, unless you're just really that hard up for ratings...

    May 31, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. California Conservative

    What's the problem, he is a weiner.

    May 31, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. snl

    He is lucky his name isn't Tressel. The media will compliantly move on...

    May 31, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Didn't they arrest someone for hacking Palin's email? And they didn't even send lewd pics.

    I guess dems just have to take the crap from Brietbart.

    May 31, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. cobra

    You know the bum done it.

    May 31, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Darko

    More reason to NOT use twitter.

    Having said that....If true (however unlikely) It couldn't have happened to a more deserving POS.

    May 31, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Tim

    We are not ready to move on. Investigate as if he was a Republican. He's a lying hack, hope he goes down.

    I wonder were he left his smugness.

    May 31, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Tim

    His name fits him well. He's a little pud.

    May 31, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Andrew S.

    He sure looks to *me* like a man with nothing to hide! After watching this video, I am fully confident that the one thing that's bothering him at this point is that this distraction is keeping him from concentrating on the things the American people want him to work on. That's the only issue he's got going on right now.

    Yep, you betcha.

    May 31, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. California Conservative

    Weiner sent the pic.

    It will be common knowledge by tomorrow.

    May 31, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Bob

    Little Weiner got his Weiner caught on Twitter....What a nebish, man up with that little cocktail frank of yours.....

    May 31, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Lola

    Watch is eyes. When people look down to the left while they are talking, they are lying.

    May 31, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. jean2009

    I think we all know that the radical right can't take the heat of Anthony Weiner, they would do absolutely anything to bring him down. He exposes them for what they are hypocrites and enemies of every American who isn't independently wealthy. If truth be known, this will probably be laid at the door of Andrew Breitbart or one of his stooges.

    May 31, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. diridi

    It does not matter, whether it is Democrat or Rethuglicans, nab, and jail....way to go...

    May 31, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Gale

    Yep, and Bill Clinton did NOT have sex with that woman, and John Edwards did not have sex with that woman, and did not have a child with her. Ted Kennedy never took a drink or missed appearances because he was too drunk. FDR did not have an affair with his wife's social secretary, Ike did not have an affair with his driver, they just stayed in the same quarters to save room. Old Franks did not manipulate funds for a local airport in his home town. Come on Nancy, clean out the swamp

    May 31, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. bill

    Typical hate filled left wing fundamentalist progressive.

    May 31, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    And not a mention of Vitter, Ensign, Craig, Gingrich (wife dying of cancer when he was courting wife #2, etc.).

    Brietbart has a history of doing this sort of thing to democrats.

    May 31, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |