Anthony Weiner photo row: How the Brits got there first

 
Anthony Weiner speaks to reporters in New York. Photo: 6 June 2011 The Democratic representative also acknowledged "inappropriate" communications with women online

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Perhaps it was years of teasing about his name that drove Congressman Weiner to tweet his underpants.

It could be taken by some as a moment in the country's decline. After all, the picture shows no evidence of American exceptionalism, let alone manifest destiny.

But then again, perhaps it is a testament to national purity and moral vigilance.

After all, posting pictures of one's undergarments is the sort of thing you expect 12-year-olds to get up to, not rampant politicos.

Still "lewd" has such a nice ring to it.

And I am rather ashamed to admit, we Brits, got there first. A Labour politician called Chris Bryant once did something similar.

He said it gave him many sleepless nights at the time of his exposure, but he now regards it as a "charming scar" on his career.

It didn't stop him rising to the dizzying heights of minister for Europe. But remember, it's not big , and it's not clever.

 
Mark Mardell Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell North America editor

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  • Comment number 182.

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    Comment number 181.

    On June 15, Ginger Lee [ a porno movie actress], one of the women Weiner had exchanged emails with, told a press conference that when she requested advice from Weiner on how to respond to the media, he had advised her on June 2 that if they both stayed quiet the scandal would die down.(Wikipedia)

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    Comment number 180.

    It's such a shame for a congressman---a public figure to show his lewd pictures. He should've think it many times before doing so. He was risking his credible position in exchange of transient contentment. Well anyway if a person in the state of 'flirtation' or 'oestrus' it's hard for him to resist though he knew it's wrong. This must served a lesson not only to public figures but to individuals.

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    Comment number 179.

    Embattled Democratic New York Rep. Anthony Weiner will resign his seat in the House of Representatives, a senior Democratic source says.


    Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th District since 1998, admitted earlier this month that he had sent lewd images and messages over the Internet to six women and more illicit relationships had emerged since then. (CNN)

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    Comment number 178.

    So glad Congressman Weiner decided to seek tweetment for his terrible affliction? I've heard of rehab for drugs or booze, but where does one go for habitual lying? Just another example of the Elite Class that now leads America today.

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    Comment number 177.

    173.Ian Grace
    Am I the only one to think - 'What is the big deal here?'.
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    That's kind of true, but again the issue is that Mr. Weiner 1st denied he sent the photos, then cast the blame on another indvidual, & then helped created this huge circus. He did not exhibit behavior becoming to a member of Congress.But, he is not the 1st to do so, nor does this kind of behavior respect Party lines

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    Comment number 176.

    172.powermeerkat
    Re #171
    I wonder if "Europeans" who saw a Confederate flag (still flown in many places) would know what it is and what it stands for. Today.
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    Possibly not, but then many Americans do not either.Nor that what is identified as the "Confederate Flag" is really the battle flag.When the "Stars & Bars" is flown at National Historic Sites no one recognizes it.


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    Comment number 175.

    172,
    Some in Cali and elsewhere are trying to ban the Confederate flag whilst others in Cali are trying to the ban the phrase, "That's gay" even though gay means happy

    To me, its like they are trying to ban anything that isn't politically correct

    Like how Twain was pc edited

    At U of I, we had our Indian mascot taken away, so now there is no mascot at all even tho Skins get to keep theirs

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    Comment number 174.

    Pmk: At least Congressman Weiner will now, belatedly, seek "professional help"

    Yes, now that they have revealed his wife is expecting a child

    Guess since he's taking a "leave of absence" nothing will be done or changed

    Hopefully teh other politicians will learn from this, although from past experience it doesn't seem like ones in past took heed

    (Spitzer, Stanford, bathroom tapper)

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    Comment number 173.

    Am I the only one to think - 'What is the big deal here?'. Am prety sure most commentators wouldn't like their sexual practises and reliefs revealed in public, he just got caught! Hardly worth a mention in my view.

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    Comment number 172.

    Re #171

    I wonder if "Europeans" who saw a Confederate flag (still flown in many places) would know what it is and what it stands for. Today.

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    Comment number 171.

    beammeup: "A group of Americans...asked about the Canadian flag...then asked...if it came in another color." This is very funny, but may not show ignorance. In many places in the US, people buy US flags with colors other than red, white, & blue; one example is the purple & gold US flag for LSU football fans.

    As for Rep. W, the time has come for him to move on; his constituents deserve better.

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    Comment number 170.

    The head of the Democratic National Committee is calling for the resignation of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

    "It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement Saturday." (CNN)

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    Comment number 169.

    At least Congressman Weiner will now, belatedly, seek "professional help":

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13739119

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    Comment number 168.

    Pmk: Something closer to the sueject for a change:

    Its creepy also cause' like the story you mentioend, the guy was a schoolteacher, a person who kids are supposed to trust

    This is why schoolteachers and church teachers, ect need to be scrutinized more than most b/c sometimes predators are the very people seeking jobs working with kids purposefully

    All kids jobs should be monitored

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    Comment number 167.

    Something closer to the sueject for a change:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-13727652

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    Comment number 165.

    mscracker
    10th June 2011 - 17:03
    @150.beammeup
    Thank you for the helpful geography tip re Canada.I'm aware that it is due north.


    From ALASKA? :-)))

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    Comment number 164.

    @163 mscracker - you are so right about distances. Traveling in the US (Mother/Daughter getaway) GPS was brilliant.

    Thank you, I will be back...sorry we can't meet. I think we have more in common than we know. :)

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    Comment number 163.

    @161.beammeup
    America is a huge country,geographically isolated from Europe& that's part of the issue.Canada&Mexico are a very long drive for many of us&travel elsewhere requires flying.When my friends in Germany want to travel to Austria,Italy,etc they just hop in the car.Travel is an important way to learn about other cultures & peoples.Just reading/studying doesn't compare
    Come back &see us!

 

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