Anthony Weiner Handling This Mess All Wrong
Refusing to answer simple questions only invites suspicion: Dan Amira
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2011 12:14 PM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2011 1:56 PM CDT
Rep. Anthony Weiner speaks to the media about the photo Tuesday, but didn't say much.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Dan Amira at New York's Daily Intel blog doesn't pretend to know whether Anthony Weiner is innocent or guilty in the Twitter photo flap. "But what's clear is that Weiner is only inviting more suspicion on himself by the way he's handling the attention," writes Amira. His combative go-rounds with reporters yesterday, in which he refused to answer the most basic questions about the controversy, did not help his case. "For example, something like, 'No, that was not my penis. I know this because I didn't take a photo of my penis,' would have been a perfectly fine response," writes Amira.

That kind of response may not satisfy his gleeful right-wing enemies, but the mainstream press at least likely would go away. "Weiner either has something to hide, or he has no idea how the media operates." Click for more, including video of Weiner getting testy with reporters. Or click here to read the take of Ben Smith at Politico, who notes that because Weiner is a feisty cable star seen as a frontrunner in the 2013 Democratic primary for New York City mayor, he "may be the single worst-placed congressman to hunker down and wait for a flap to fade."
 

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