Monday, June 6th, 2011

Sad Man Likes To Flirt on Computer

There's several proven tactics to conducting a press conference with humiliating personal admissions and one of them is exhausting everyone, which was pretty successful with Anthony Weiner's confession of sharing "personal photos" with women he did not know (six in three years, most before his marriage) online. Everyone was exhausted, except maybe the New York Post's Andrea Peyser, who really, really wanted to know where his wife Huma was. (At least that's what she kept screaming.)

But the press conference also ran counter to many of the prevailing ideas about crisis PR: one is to keep it short; another is have your wife with you. (The Spitzer event did both these things, and it may have been smart but it was also unsatisfying.) In any event, the press conference went something like this.

• "At the outset I'd like to make clear I've made terrible mistakes."

• Says: I have not been honest with myself, my family, constituents, friends, media, etc.

• Confirms the underwear photo.

• Says he made a "hugely regrettable mistake" after panicking.

• Apologizes to Huma.

• Cries.

• "I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations… and exchanged photos with six women over the last three years."

• "Some took place after" his marriage.

• "I haven't told the truth and I've done things I deeply regret. I brought pain to people I cared about the most."

• "This was a very dumb thing to do." (He was well-prepared by a professional; he returned to these talking points over and over.)

• Notably, he did not bring up the choice to not resign until the Q&A.

And then it went on and on.

I'd like to think it doesn't affect my ability to get bills passed, he said near what seemed like the end, but was nowhere near the end. One should note that Congressman Weiner has still not sponsored a single piece of successful legislation.

"Were you fully erect" is what someone at the press conference was screaming (likely suspect: Benjy Bronk, of the Howard Stern show) as Weiner left the podium, which sort of seems like both the most and the least important question of the day.

But how did local women take it?

And that your husband is going to lust after other women no matter how skinny you are! RT @johnjcook: Lesson of the day: Punctuality.Mon Jun 06 20:44:19 via TweetDeck

I see. And?

Good to know that if you marry someone less smart and less attractive than you it's still no guarantee of fidelity.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Perhaps not so well.

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happy bad vibes monday, everyone.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Today, we are all Anthony Weiner.

Bryan Keller (#3,804)

@IBentMyWookie And we are all wearing grey boxer briefs.

freetzy (#7,018)

If your wedding officiant was Bill Clinton, and you are a longtime top assistant to Hillary, you either have to know what the score is in a political marriage or you are very, very stupid.

Matt (#26)

It's *a* way.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


Tuna Surprise (#573)

Cheer up, Congressman Weiner! Your "you know, I can’t say with certitude" will be written in the annals of history next to Bill Clinton's "it depends on what the meaning of 'is' is".

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Well, he's not resigning. I'm confident that now this story will fade into the sunset.

Beton Brut (#9,351)

@boyofdestiny Honestly, if he can survive the next 2 weeks, he'll be fine. Then the NY press will find its next shiny toy.

Exhibit A in the Nothing Good Can Come From Twitter file.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@Clarence Rosario: Wait, am I mistaking coincidence for causation or didn't Jill Abramson succeed Bill Keller shortly after BK's speculations about Twitter and intelligence…

jolie (#16)

@Clarence Rosario If you remove all political, media, entertainment and sports figures, and also all of your friends, Twitter can be a beautiful place for nerds. Libraries and periodicals and such, right there for the taking. Divine.

It's really hard to do though. (Full disclosure: I follow Dina Manzo's cat on Twitter.)

@jolie But that's why I have Awl of you!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I'm going to unfollow everybody but Roger Ebert and Dogs Doing Things.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Well, okay, Behrle and JoeMcLeod666 … I'll still have a very full day.

@jolie I follow a bunch of science nerds – we use the tag #icanhazPDF (I know, I know, I FUCKING KNOW) whenever we can't get access to an article we want. A couple retweets later, I've never seen someone not get what they were looking for.

This is my favorite high-profile scandal since Larry Craig. Just hilarious stuff. I'm also creating a narrative in my mind that his photos are just a back and forth with "not" Blake Lively's photos. "Here I am taking an iphone pic in a mirror!" "Here is my wang covered by grey underwears!"

C_Webb (#855)

@HeyThatsMyBike If Hallmark would just issue a "Here Is My Wang" series, with one of those little tabs to hold a 4 X 6 picture, all this could be avoided.

deepomega (#1,720)

There aren't too many democrats I'd be happier to see this happen to. Maybe Maxine Waters?

@deepomega Why do you hate Israel?

deepomega (#1,720)

@Butterscotch Stalin: Something something Foreskin Man.

@deepomega Truth. Weiner always skeeved me (please read as much into that as you'd like, everyone!), but I was kinda coming around on him lately because he was saying some Smart Things. So my takeaway on this? I read people gooooooood.

SeanP (#4,058)

@DorothyMantooth I always rather liked him, because he was willing to say the stuff I wished members of Congress would say (albeit for the purpose of advancing his mayoral campaign). But as usual, the coverup is worse than the actual crime – I think a lot worse of him for lying about the stupid thing than the actual sending of naughty pictures… which is a pretty tame scandal.

Aloysius (#1,808)

It's good to see Weiner is finally being frank.

@Aloysius Sadly, he'll be linked to this scandal forever.

Beton Brut (#9,351)

@Butterscotch Stalin I can't relish in his cock-up.

C_Webb (#855)

@Beton Brut Looks like he's not sau sage after all.

@Beton Brut I know! The way they were dogging him with those questions was the wurst!

ejcsanfran (#489)

@Butterscotch Stalin: He's sure to be boudin Queens by his constituents. Hope he can cut the mustard.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

That five-minute deletion deadline bites, no?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I'm feeling it now.

HiredGoons (#603)

He couldn't blame it on an assistant who sent it from 'Drafts'? Pffft, amateur.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Weiner Spitzer?

cherrispryte (#444)

I missed the press conference because I was in a meeting, but has anyone anywhere said whether the women he sent these pictures to asked for them or not? Because if this champion for women's rights was sending surprise bulging brief pictures, THAT is what I have a problem with.

@cherrispryte He claims they were consensual (that word looks hi-larious right now), but Andrea Peyser's screaming about possible phone sex sort of drowned that part out.

cherrispryte (#444)

@Clarence Rosario Ugh. Pardon me if my standard "not trusting men when they say things are consentual without hearing from the women in question" thing kicks in.
I am, after all, just a leeetle bit of a misandrist at the end of the day.

hman (#53)

@Clarence Rosario He also said they could have been "fibbing" about being adult-age. Fibbing!

C_Webb (#855)

@hman I don't think anyone has "fibbed" since the Eisenhower administration.

HiredGoons (#603)

@C_Webb: Nixon fibbed.

La Cieca (#1,110)

@cherrispryte Why bother to ask the women? Even if every one of them swore the conversations were 100% consensual, there would still be plenty of shouts of "consent is impossible in relationship based on an imbalance of power (Weiner is famous; the women are not, fame is a type of power, etc.)

This would probably happen (mostly) on Jezebel, but still, I sometimes wonder why straight guys even bother.

cherrispryte (#444)

@La Cieca Meh, if they had been people who worked for him, I could see the "impossible to consent" viewpoint. And I think the power issue would be that he's a motherfucking Congressman, not that he's famous.

Also, it must be nice, never having been in an uncomfortable position with someone who's "more powerful" than you, whatever the fuck that means.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@La Cieca: why straight men bother with sex or with power? Because once you put those terms in it gets clearer that the question is 100% rhetorical…

@HiredGoons People, um… ad-libbed?

mrmcd (#9,309)

On the bright side, the day Santorum announced he was running for president, all the headlines were about shit on Weiner.

Br. Seamus (#217)

@mrmcd Oh my, that is delightful.

Aatom (#74)

Santorum is always funny until it happens to you.

MaryHaines (#3,666)

The italics make it look like everyone is whispering.

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