After days of denials, a choked-up Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a young woman, and he also admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after he got married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.Those are the first two paragraphs of the AP's take on the story. You will note that the AP writer mentions that the story has inspired "Weiner jokes." In this same paragraph, the writer mentions that Mr. Weiner has admitted to "lying" about "doing a dumb thing...repeatedly."
"This was me doing a dumb thing and doing it repeatedly and lying about it," the 46-year-old New York Democrat said after a week of double-entendre headlines and late-night wisecracks full of Weiner jokes.
Mr. Weiner has not only been lying about this ridiculous story for over a week (!), he's been downright hostile and indignant about it. Look at these videos:
And now, back to today's press conference, as quoted by AP:
"I haven't told the truth and have done things I deeply regret," he said. "I brought pain to people I care about."
And here are the first two paragraphs of the AFP's take:
A US congressman long ridiculed for sharing the same name as a slang word for penis tearfully admitted Monday to sending pictures of his privates to young female fans online.This under the headline,
Anthony Weiner -- whose surname is pronounced the same as sausages used in hotdogs that are synonymous with the male sexual organ -- called a nationally televised press conference to admit he had been in a string of lewd online relationships.
Tearful US congressman admits to crotch photosOh, he's just so regretful! You can tell because of all the tears!
Both the AP and the AFP, for some reason, have decided to downplay the fact that a sitting congressman has been combative and belligerent in his phony sanctimony, all the while lying about something that is so profoundly stupid as to be almost insignificant. This story, they are suggesting, was pushed by a prurient interest in making "Weiner jokes."
This is astonishing. This guy cannot be trusted with anything. He is a lying liar who has been lying for over a week about this. Not only lying, but copping a hostile, holier-than-thou attitude about it. I can't believe I have to even dignify these allegations with a response!
I have defended Mr. Weiner. I think the sending of photos of one's genitals is a wonderful expression of love and trust. But lying is just-- lying is just lying. Lying is wrong.
Life is so much easier if you only do things you don't have to lie about later.