Oh, for chrissakes, everyone’s favorite nepotism golden boy, Luke Russert, the chipmunk-cheeked offspring of deceased NBC hack Tim Russert, manages to get the media in an uproar over what seems like a gotcha! moment with Rep. Anthony Weiner over Bulge-gate:
This afternoon MSNBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert got to spend time interviewing the man of the hour who of course is Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). And here’s what happened…
RUSSERT: The picture that went over Twitter to Gennette Cordova from your account, is that you?
WEINER: Let’s keep in mind what happened here. I was pranked, I was hacked, I was punked whatever it is – someone sent out a picture. I’m an easy name to make fun of, and I think that’s what happened there. It’s a terrible thing that this poor woman got dragged into it. She says she knows nothing about it, and I obviously don’t know anything about it. I didn’t send the picture.
RUSSERT: That’s not a picture of you?
WEINER: You know, I can’t say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted. One of the reasons that I’ve asked a firm that includes an internet security arm is to take a look into what the heck happened here to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But let’s kind of keep in mind why this is so silly. You know, someone committed a prank on me. Someone somehow got access to my twitter account, and right away put up a picture that made fun of the name Weiner and that’s what happened.
RUSSERT: But Congressman, you would remember if you were to take a photograph of yourself like that.
A picture “like that”? Snort.
Perhaps it is a picture of Weiner, perhaps not. In any case, Weiner has made it pretty clear that he did not send the picture under the circumstances which have the right-wing media echo chamber in an expectant tizzy.
Can we please some day become a country where a shot of a bulging dick in underwear is not seen as a reason for allegedly serious journalists to ask moronic questions? I mean, it’s not as if we don’t have more important things to worry about?
I know the mainstream media love to look at Russert the Younger as some sort of emotional heir apparent to the Russert legacy (such as it is), but if this is what we’re going to get from Luke-y boy, I’d rather he just STFU and live off his inheritance.
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