Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you have not followed the story of Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is denying he sent a picture of what is being routinely described as a “bulging underwear clad crotch” to a 21-year-old woman who follows him on Twitter, you are missing a bulging good tale.
Weiner has 40,000 followers on Twitter and follows less than 200 people, most of whom the New York tabloids have reported gleefully are “total babes” and half his age.
If this is all Twitter speak to you here is the bottom line: it is quite easy to mistakenly try and send a private, direct message to someone on Twitter and accidentally send it to everyone. And it is just plain obnoxious that a 40-something member of Congress would be following a bunch of 20-year-old women.
What is most remarkable is that Weiner really thought he could get away with the explanation it was a prank. Just like John Edwards thought he could get an aide to claim that he, not Edwards, was the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby.
Now that aide has written a tell all book and Edwards has been indicted.
As for Weiner, his dream of someday being elected Mayor of New York appears destined for Twitter purgatory.
Not to mention the fact that the 170-plus million people who use Twitter have a pretty darn good idea of exactly what happened.