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NYP: Many Coincidences In Weiner’s Tale

From the New York Post:

Too many coincidences in Weiner’s tale

May 31, 2011

In the New York of the late 1800s, Boss Tweed famously complained about Thomas Nast cartoons: Though many immigrants in the city couldn’t read, even the illiterate could understand “those damn pictures.” Rep. Anthony Weiner and his staff [sic] now face a similar problem.

By now, you’ve heard about the Tweet picture sent from Weiner’s account to a young lady named Gennette Nicole Cordova. The congressman has insisted his accounts were “hacked.” Cordova, in a statement released late Sunday night (36 hours after the tweet in question), says, “The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me. This person had harassed me many times after the congressman followed me on Twitter.” She also said that her previous tweet, “I wonder what my boyfriend @repweiner is up to,” was a joke.

Such statements notwithstanding, those on the left trying to paint this as a conspiracy must deal with an array of odd elements that an increasingly tech-savvy public may find suspicious:

* Not just the offending picture but most of the congressman’s pictures were removed from the site.

* Not only did the young lady’s Facebook and Twitter accounts disappear from the ’Net (she’s apparently since started a new Twitter account, and may go back on Facebook), but also her bylines on articles in her college paper.

* The congressman made it a point to tweet what time an East Coast interview would be shown in Seattle, where the young lady’s from.

* Cordova reportedly wrote in the college paper in March about Twitter’s verifiable accounts giving access to celebrities.

Coincidences all, but there’s one more that millions of Twitter users will understand best:

On Twitter, famous people tend to have tens of thousands to millions of followers — but they themselves follow only a fraction of that amount.

Rep. Weiner is a man of national prominence, a rising star in the Democratic Party, frequently on TV, a past and likely future candidate for mayor.

And, perhaps more importantly for a young lady like Ms. Cordova, he was Jon Stewart’s roommate in college. Which raised the questions, will America’s foremost journalist come forward to verify or deny the accuracy of the photo?

Or how about that famous visitor to the Congressional showers, Rahm Emanuel?

[Weiner] knows and is known by thousands of movers, shakers, members of the press and politicians on the city, state and national levels.

Then how about Barney Frank?

Yet, as of yesterday, he was following fewer than 200 others — and, with all those famous folks to choose from, one of the few he followed was Cordova, a 21-year-old college student who lives nearly 3,000 miles away in Bellingham, Wash.

In truth, among these 200 lucky people Mr. Weiner was following was another young black female, who is also still a student.

Run that though your head for a second and at the same time remember two important facts about Twitter:

1. If two people follow each other on Twitter, they can send private messages unseen by others.

2. The difference between a direct message, seen by only the recipient, and a public tweet, seen by the world, is a single character…

In other words, Mr. Weiner might have hit the public message button when he meat to hit the private message button.

Still, the lady in question doth protest. From the New York Daily News:

Statement from Gennette Cordova, student who was sent lewd Twitter photo from Rep. Weiner’s account

By Gennette Cordova
Sunday, May 29th 2011

Statement from Gennette Cordova, student who was sent lewd Twitter photo from Rep. Weiner’s account

Friday evening I logged onto Twitter to find that I had about a dozen new mentions in less than an hour, which is a rare occurrence. When I checked one of the posts that I had been tagged in I saw that it was a picture that had supposedly been tweeted to me by Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters.

Annoyed, I responded with something along the lines of "are you f***ing kidding me?" and "I’ve never seen this. You people are sick." I blocked their accounts, made my page private, and let the matter drop, expecting them to eventually do the same.

Within about an hour, however, I realized that I had grossly underestimated the severity of the situation that I had somehow become a part of.

The last 36 hours have been the most confusing, anxiety-ridden hours of my life.

If none of this is true we don’t understand why it would be particularly confusing.

I’ve watched in sheer disbelief as my name, age, location, links to any social networking site I’ve ever used, my old phone numbers and pictures have been passed along from stranger to stranger.

My friends have received phone calls from people claiming to be old friends of mine, attempting to obtain my contact information. My siblings have received tweets that are similar in nature. I began taking steps, though not quickly enough, to remove as much personal information from the Internet as possible.

Not because I "was exposed as Weiner’s mistress" or because I "was responsible for the hack," as Gawker has suggested. I removed my information because I, believe it or not, do not enjoy being harassed or being the reason that my loved ones are targets of harassment.

I have seen myself labeled as the "Femme Fatale of Weinergate," "Anthony Weiner’s 21-year-old coed mistress" and "the self-proclaimed girlfriend of Anthony Weiner."

All of this is so outlandish that I don’t know whether to be pissed off or amused, quite frankly. This is the reality of sharing information online in the 21st century. Things that I never imagined people would care about are now being plastered all over blog sites, including pictures of me from when I was 17 and tweets that have been taken completely out of context. I tweeted once (it was reported that I said it twice) that "I wonder what my boyfriend @RepWeiner is up to."

I am a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan. I go to school in Bellingham where I spend all of my time; I’ve never been to New York or to DC. The point I am trying to make is that, contrary to the impression that I apparently gave from my tweet, I am not his girlfriend. Nor am I the wife, girlfriend or mistress of Barack Obama, Ray Allen or Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that I have made similar assertions about them via Twitter.

There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me. I cannot answer the questions that I do not have the answers to. I am not sure whether or not this letter will alleviate any future harassment. I also do not have a clear understanding as to how or why exactly I am involved in this fiasco. I do know that my life has been seriously impacted by speculation and faulty allegations. My reputation has been called into question by those who lack the character to report the facts.

Perhaps this would be a good time to remember that Mr. Weiner is not only a Clinton protégé, he is practically family, having recently married Hillary’s valet (valette?) Huma Abedin.

And surely we all remember that Monica Lewinsky denied in a sworn affidavit all of the charges about her and Bill Clinton having a sexual affair. Which were eventually retracted when the right book deal came along.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “NYP: Many Coincidences In Weiner’s Tale”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    We have missed one important detail here……..did the hacker make up the
    photo of Weiner wearing nothing but his wiener holder.
    I’d be careful of the fact that he is a close friend of the Clintons’ and we all
    know how close friends of the Clintons’ were dealt with.
    Ain’t that right, Mr. Foster?

    • retire05 says:

      Here is a thought: we know that the nasty picture was sent from Weiner’s own Twitter account. Yet, while he claims to have been hacked (a federal offense) he has made no move to have law enforcement investigate a security breech.

      Gee, why could that be? Could it be that Weiner’s Muslim wife, raised in Saudi Arabia, did the hacking in order to take down a very verbal Jewish Congressman? And that Weiner is trying to avoid that scandal because little Huma (his wife) currently works at the State Department for Hillary?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      First, do the Weiners’ live close to a park of some sort?
      and third, does he know his wife (a mooselimb) is a hildabeast lackey?
      I couldn’t sleep at night with these thoughts running in my mind!

    • Right of the People says:


      Even worse her name now is Huma Wiener. Sounds like a porn star to me.

  2. proreason says:

    Quite a surprising number of the less than 200 people Wiener followed were pretty young girls.

    Obviously, he has made it a personal crusade to spread his progressivism among the uninitiated.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Gosh, you sure sound victimized Gennette! So I guess you would want your boyfriend (tee hee!) and investigative officials to find the nuts (hoho) behind this awful crime, right? Funny though, their attitude seems to be “Move along, nothing to see here – you jackasses!”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      To take a page out of the DNC Handbook / fly swatter:
      “Because there is nothing here to investigate…….we MUST investigate!”

    • Petronius says:

      An investigation is unwarranted in accordance with the legal principle of “de minimis non curat lex” (the law does not deal with little things).


    • tranquil.night says:


  4. xdannyh says:

    A very well crafted letter/statement from a 21 year old college “stoont”..Hmmmm. I wonder how it compares with other of her missives. Could it be there was a little help in preparation here, and then if so, by whom/who ?? To re-iterate tranquil.night: a whole lot of wronged victims here but nobody wants to find out who perpetrated this illegal activity…double Hmmmm.

  5. canary says:

    update: Weiner admitted in CNN interview (link below w/article) CNN he has taken pictures like the one in question.

    Twice he says he’s going to “get to the bottom” of this photo in shorts.

    When CNN’s host showed the photo, I tried to look at it at every angle, and either it’s really X rated or trying to look upside it looks like girls under panties. My eyes are really bad lately do to weather conditions.

    Weiner said he has not contacted law enforcement as this is a “white collar” crime. (huh?)

    He said what Jon Stewart said May 31st may be correct, unfortunately. Perhaps more photos are to come, and Weiner doesn’t want to be caught unexpectedly with his pants pulled down.
    I have nooo idea what Jon Stewart said, but I can picture Stewart having taken the photos. He’s a slime bag, and I switch when he speaks.

    Really, he married a muslim. Is she submissive practicing muslim?

    article June 1 2011
    (CNN) — Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner spoke to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer a day after a contentious exchange with reporters in which he refused to directly answer any questions about the picture.

    Asked whether he was protecting anyone, Weiner replied, “Yes, I’m protecting my wife, who every day is waking up to these insane stories that are getting so far from reality. You know, we’ve been married less than a year.”

    He also declined to say what he had written in direct messages to Twitter followers.

    “I’m not going to get into how I communicate with people on social media. There was nothing … inappropriate,” he said.

    Congressman calls CNN producer ‘jackass’

    Weiner said Tuesday that he wasn’t interested in talking about the issue any more, saying he already made statements over the Memorial Day weekend after the photo turned up on his Twitter account Friday night.

    “If I were giving a speech to 45,000 people, and someone in the back threw a pie or yelled out an insult, I would not spend the next two hours of my speech responding to that pie or that insult. I would return to the things that I want to talk about,” Weiner said

    “I’m not going to talk about this anymore,” he said, adding: “I’m going to get back to the conversation I care about,” including economic issues and what he calls a conflict-of-interest situation involving conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the health care reform law.


    Weiner said he follows “hundreds” of people on twitter. On taxpayers time, or his wife’s.

  6. Helena says:

    As always, Steve, your photo choice is hi-lar-i-ous.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    JERSEY SHORE ~With special guest, Tony Weiner

    This episode, “cocky” Tony Weiner:

    ~Dicks around in his free-time following many young college chicks on Twitter, even though he is married.
    ~Sends a crotch-shot of himself, but then can’t confirm or deny if he recognizes the photo or not.
    ~Wildly gesticulates that he was “hacked” in order to get out in front of the news before anyone else turns him in. Claiming the photo is all “poppycock!”
    ~Always cocksure, acts impetuous when anyone dares to challenge his story.
    ~With his shortcomings exposed, may consider better opportunities in Chicago if New York morals turn out to be too high for him.

  8. spiffyw says:

    Here’s How I see the excuse.
    It has been long enough for us kids to understand now He will tell us the whole story…..ta daaa bleech gagg…
    He’s doing it all for his little wifey.
    She saw the common ‘friend comment’ ( always use lay terms on this here internet thingi) on his twitter from one of his young admirers and while he turned away she posted everything thinking it would be funny a prank you know…
    Now just go away ….

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