Yet Another Andrew Breitbart Smear Falls Apart

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As soon as I heard about the “scandal” involving Rep. Anthony Weiner, and saw it being pushed like crazy by fraudster Andrew Breitbart, I knew it would turn out to be yet another phony story.

And that’s exactly what happened. If you haven’t heard about the latest Breitbart scam, here’s a pretty good summary (but they should check the spelling of their headline): Brietbart to use SEX SMEAR on Rep. Anthony Weiner.

In a nutshell, someone apparently hacked into Weiner’s Twitter and yfrog (a picture-hosting Twitter app) accounts, posted a lewd photo, then sent a screenshot of it to a student in Seattle. Wingnuts, of course, refuse to believe that Weiner didn’t post it himself.

(Update: there was no hacking involved. The photo was never posted to Weiner’s account. Someone may have photoshopped a screenshot of a yfrog page to make it look like it came from Weiner’s page.)

(Update 2: the story changes again - apparently Weiner’s yfrog account really was cracked, and the image was posted there.)

The New York Times has a report, and I have to ask: when will the media stop treating Andrew Breitbart like a legitimate “conservative” source? The article doesn’t even mention the numerous other frauds perpetrated by this right wing attack dog: Congressman Says Hacker Sent Lewd Photo From His Account.

I mean, good grief. This is how they describe the situation:

The episode unfolded Saturday night when it was reported on the Web site biggovernment.com, run by the conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. It played out all day Sunday on the Internet, with Mr. Weiner, a Democrat who represents part of Brooklyn and Queens, addressing the matter on his own Twitter and Facebook accounts, and with bloggers from the left and the right arguing about whether this might be the start of a scandal or an example of how easy it is for political rivals to harm each other’s reputations using new technologies.

It just might be an example of how Andrew Breitbart harms people and smears their reputations, because that’s what he does, but you won’t get that context from the Times.

Meanwhile, the student who received the obscene photo is being harassed and stalked on the Internet by deranged right wingers — and that’s also not surprising, because that’s what they do: Student who got lewd pic from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account denies she’s his mistress.

Cordova said she has been harassed for weeks online after she started following Weiner on Twitter and the congressman added her to the list of about 200 people he follows.

Her harrasser “started posting about me, saying, ‘Oh, the congressman is following school girls,’ tweeting it over and over. It was very annoying,” Cordova told the Daily News. When the crotch shot appeared online, she said the same Twitter user was the first to comment on it.

“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,” she said. “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,’” she said.

Cordova said she blocked her accounts and thought that would be the end of it. But taking down her information only fanned the flames. Cordova said she’s had the worst weekend of her life.

“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,” she said.

“I also do not have a clear understanding as to how or why exactly I am involved in this fiasco,” she wrote.

“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.”

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101 comments
1 Interesting Times  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:44:05am

"My reputation has been called into question by those who lack the character to report the facts."

I think this is the best summary of the modern right wing and media malpractice that I've ever read.

And we really, really need stronger anti-harassment laws to deal with the douchebags who destroy people's lives with this crap.

2 makeitstop  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:44:16am

You gotta wonder how soon it'll be before Breitbart does this to the wrong person.

3 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:44:31am

At what point can there be criminal charges for this kind of thing? Harassing people online and IRL. Does someone have to be physically hurt first?

4 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:46:42am

re: #2 makeitstop

That may already be unfolding with the Sherrod case. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see. He's got it coming, that's for sure.

5 Henchman Ghazi-808  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:48:00am

Glad you posted this Charles, smelled funny when I first saw it.

The real question: when will Breitbart's credibility be universally questioned? Seriously, are the big media institutions asleep?

6 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:49:40am

The National Enquirer has a better track record than Breitbart does at this point.

7 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:53:15am

We are dealing with media outlets which are inept and/or lazy.

As long as there are people like Breitbart and O'Keefe who continue to provide them with material they can just dish out without any further effort, it spares them all the tedious journalistic background work of researching, interviewing, etc.

8 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:53:20am

I believe it was Killgore who linked this recently.

I can see why the Idiot Attack Machine has leveled their outrageous outrage at this dude. He tears it up, and is pretty funny while doing.

9 wrenchwench  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:54:10am

re: #2 makeitstop

You gotta wonder how soon it'll be before Breitbart does this to the wrong person.

I'm hoping Shirley Sherrod was that wrong person. The wheels of justice turn slowly ... the wheels of Breitbart fall off and roll into the ditch.

10 Mattand  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:55:00am

re: #2 makeitstop

You gotta wonder how soon it'll be before Breitbart does this to the wrong person.

I would imagine, given his feisty attitude, that Weiner would be that guy.

11 shiplord kirel  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:56:57am

The accused are innocent until proven guilty. As far as I'm concerned, they aren't even accused until someone other than Bray-bark and his hench-monkeys do the accusing.

12 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:58:56am

re: #8 Slumbering Behemoth

and is pretty funny while doing so.

Jebus. My typing skills are teh suck lately. Leaving out words, constantly fucking up 'your', and 'you're'. I need new fingers.

13 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:59:19am

re: #12 Slumbering Behemoth

Jebus. My typing skills are teh suck lately. Leaving out words, constantly fucking up 'your', and 'you're'. I need new fingers.


or new braim cells

14 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Mon, May 30, 2011 10:59:59am

In the future, he'll find something true and earth-shattering and will be completely ignored. Then someone else will get credit for breaking the story.

Andrew's totally screwed himself. He has no one else to blame.

15 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:02:21am

re: #13 ralphieboy

I'd neither have the time nor the proper amount of kush to break them in.

16 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:06:59am

re: #14 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

In the future, he'll find something true and earth-shattering and will be completely ignored. Then someone else will get credit for breaking the story.

I seriously doubt that he'll find something that's legitimate. He seems incapable of doing anything but drumming up nontroversy after nontroversy.

17 3CPO  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:09:08am

re: #13 ralphieboy

"braim cells"

I like it!

18 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:10:09am

re: #17 3CPO

"braim cells"

I like it!

Got that from the figure of Tim Benzedrino in the "Bored of the Rings" parody.

19 3CPO  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:13:29am

re: #18 ralphieboy

I remember that book... man, that takes me back.

20 makeitstop  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:13:39am

How difficult would it be for Twitter to ascertain whether Weiner's account was compromised? They've gotta have people in the company who can track this down, no?

21 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:15:05am

re: #16 thedopefishlives

Yeah, I agree. But now that he's lost any/all credibility? He'll find something juicy and be completely ignored.

22 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:18:59am

Speaking of punk-ass scum suckers that are in desperate need of a smack down:

Hackers post phony Tupac story on PBS website

WASHINGTON (AP) - PBS officials say hackers have cracked the network's website, posting a phony story claiming dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent "Frontline" investigative news program on WikiLeaks.

WAAAHH!!!

23 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:21:04am

re: #22 Slumbering Behemoth

harmless sh*t, tupac's continued existence is not going to ruin anybody's career.

24 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:21:47am

re: #23 ralphieboy

Criminal hacking. This ain't about Tupac.

25 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:22:09am

re: #10 mattand

I would imagine, given his feisty attitude, that Weiner would be that guy.

Being a working politician, though, he may not want to do a full-scale response to something like this.

Now, the young lady, I think, should sue Breitbart's ass.

I swear to God, this man could become the first individual to face a class-action lawsuit at the rate he's going.

26 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:23:45am

re: #24 Slumbering Behemoth

Criminal hacking. This ain't about Tupac.

criminal, yes, but still relatively harmless. and never believe anything you get from the interwebs unless it comes from multiple, independent and verifiable sources.

27 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:23:57am

re: #22 Slumbering Behemoth

Speaking of punk-ass scum suckers that are in desperate need of a smack down:

Hackers post phony Tupac story on PBS website

WAAAHH!!!

Well, that will make some of my high school students very happy. They LOVE the idea of Tupac being alive.

28 BongCrodny  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:24:47am

And remember, folks, that's biggovernexcrement.com

29 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:26:42am

re: #26 ralphieboy

Like so?

30 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:27:24am

re: #26 ralphieboy

never believe anything you get from the interwebs unless it comes from multiple, independent and verifiable sources.

Care to back that up?

31 Charles Johnson  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:29:20am

re: #24 Slumbering Behemoth

Criminal hacking. This ain't about Tupac.

They did a lot more than post a fake story about Tupac -- they stole and released passwords and login information for a lot of PBS users and employees.

32 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:29:42am

re: #31 Charles

They did a lot more than post a fake story about Tupac -- they stole and released passwords and login information for a lot of PBS users and employees.

now that's criminal

33 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:29:47am

re: #31 Charles

Harmless.
/

34 jaunte  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:33:13am

The Daily Beast suggests a conservative stalker may be responsible for the smear:

The most likely suspect in the whole thing is a conservative activist named Dan Wolfe, who goes by Twitter handle @patriotusa76. Wolfe appears obsessed with Weiner: He has tweeted at him 287 times since April. [Link: www.thedailybeast.com...]
35 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:34:09am

Simply defacing a website is harmless in the same way that vandalism is harmless.

Yet this is turning into cyber terrorism. The message being if you paint wikileaks or Assange in anything but a worshipful, glowing light, you will have your assets attacked.

36 wrenchwench  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:35:22am

re: #25 SanFranciscoZionist

Being a working politician, though, he may not want to do a full-scale response to something like this.

Now, the young lady, I think, should sue Breitbart's ass.

I swear to God, this man could become the first individual to face a class-action lawsuit at the rate he's going.

Ah, that's how one can use "breitbart" and "class" in the same paragraph!

37 Killgore Trout  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:35:40am

It's easy to see how this is going to end up for Breitbart. He's making lots of money but having the dirty work done by these low level dupes is going to backfire. In a criminal investigation some lame blogger might resent taking the fall for Breitbart while he grows his media empire. Eventually somebody's going to spill the beans.

38 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:37:20am

re: #35 Slumbering Behemoth

Simply defacing a website is harmless in the same way that vandalism is harmless.

Yet this is turning into cyber terrorism. The message being if you paint wikileaks or Assange in anything but a worshipful, glowing light, you will have your assets attacked.

Any cyber attack costs money. Restoring the damage, engineering new security protocols, loss of reputation, etc.

39 Killgore Trout  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:38:05am

re: #25 SanFranciscoZionist

Being a working politician, though, he may not want to do a full-scale response to something like this.

Now, the young lady, I think, should sue Breitbart's ass.

I swear to God, this man could become the first individual to face a class-action lawsuit at the rate he's going.

It's a pretty clear criminal case and I'm pretty sure the police are already investigating. I would guess this wasn't the most clever hack in computer history so it won't be too difficult to find out who did it.

40 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:39:55am

re: #38 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Harmless.
/

41 Killgore Trout  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:43:43am

Exclusive: Mediaite Analysis Of ‘Weinergate’ Photos Supports Anthony Weiner And Andrew Breitbart


Reuters‘ Anthony De Rosa looked at the data for the photo at issue and notes that it doesn’t match previous images uploaded by the Congressman – the type of camera is different, as is the content included.

In fact, in the data for the contested image certain information that would be important for verification – such as the modification date of the image – is missing entirely.

42 Mattand  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:44:52am

re: #25 SanFranciscoZionist

Being a working politician, though, he may not want to do a full-scale response to something like this.

Now, the young lady, I think, should sue Breitbart's ass.

I swear to God, this man could become the first individual to face a class-action lawsuit at the rate he's going.

As others have pointed out (which I forgot), Sherrod has initiated legal action against him. Personally, I hope she grind him into dust.

You're probably right about Weiner, particularly since it appears Breitbart didn't actually create this specific lie. Still, I imagine Weiner isn't someone to fuck with, if the C-SPAN clips I've seen of him are any indication.

44 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:45:49am

As the GOP moves to the right, presidential hopefuls abandon old centrist stands

On energy, taxes, health care and other topics, the top candidates hold positions that are more conservative than those they espoused a few years ago.

The shifts reflect the evolving views of conservative voters, who will play a major role in choosing the Republican nominee. In that sense, the candidates’ repositioning seems savvy or even essential.

But the eventual nominee will face President Barack Obama in the 2012 general election, when independent voters appear likely to be decisive players once again.

45 zora  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:46:31am

ot: George Will: Everyone Knows Sarah Palin Should Not Be Trusted With Nuclear Weapons

“The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin's case], answers itself.”

[Link: www.mediaite.com...]

on this, george will and i agree.

46 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:48:47am

how long until will is excommunicated?

47 Mattand  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:48:50am

re: #45 zora

ot: George Will: Everyone Knows Sarah Palin Should Not Be Trusted With Nuclear Weapons

[Link: www.mediaite.com...]

on this, george will and i agree.

ATTFT (Ain't that the fucking truth.)

That's my new internet acronym. Hope it catches on!

48 William of Orange  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:50:37am

Kudos to those who debunked it. The Weiner account was never broken into, so to say. An altered screen grab to smear someone, what a joke!
And shame on the NYT in failing to spot the fraud. Where are Woodward and Bernstein when you need them! I hope Woodward is willing to bite Breitbart in his ass!

(Figuratively spoken....)

49 justaminute  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:56:32am

Before this attack Rep. Weiner had been on Justice Clarence Thomases case trying to get him to recuse himself when the AFCA goes before the Supreme Court. It would be the honorable thing for Justice Thomas to do but I really doubt that he will.

50 Spocomptonite  Mon, May 30, 2011 11:58:02am

re: #2 makeitstop

You gotta wonder how soon it'll be before Breitbart does this to the wrong person.

I get what you mean, but IMO they are all the wrong person.

51 Charles Johnson  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:01:53pm

The wingnut blogs are frothing like rabid dogs over this story, utterly refusing to believe it's a fraud.

At some point they're just going to get so full of rage they'll explode.

Jim Hoft is especially disgusting and stupid, as usual:

Gennette Was Not Alone… Weiner’s Twitter Friends Include Pages of Young Lucious [sic] Fans | The Gateway Pundit

52 sod  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:02:05pm

re: #34 jaunte

The Daily Beast suggests a conservative stalker may be responsible for the smear:

The list has been whittled down to him and 139 other characters.

53 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:04:23pm

re: #51 Charles

The wingnut blogs are frothing like rabid dogs over this story, utterly refusing to believe it's a fraud.

At some point they're just going to get so full of rage they'll explode.

Jim Hoft is especially disgusting and stupid, as usual:

Gennette Was Not Alone… Weiner’s Twitter Friends Include Pages of Young Lucious [sic] Fans | The Gateway Pundit

A clever, articulate politician with a sense of humor appealing to young people? INCONCEIVABLE!

54 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:06:10pm

re: #51 Charles

Oh noes!!! Someone "Friended" pretty women on teh interwebs. Whatever shall we do?
/

What an imbecile.

55 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:06:34pm

re: #51 Charles

The wingnut blogs are frothing like rabid dogs over this story, utterly refusing to believe it's a fraud.

At some point they're just going to get so full of rage they'll explode.

Jim Hoft is especially disgusting and stupid, as usual:

Gennette Was Not Alone… Weiner’s Twitter Friends Include Pages of Young Lucious [sic] Fans | The Gateway Pundit

We can always count on Dim Jim to lead the daily stupid sweepstakes on the right.

56 allegro  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:07:07pm

re: #51 Charles

The wingnut blogs are frothing like rabid dogs over this story, utterly refusing to believe it's a fraud.

At some point they're just going to get so full of rage they'll explode.

Jim Hoft is especially disgusting and stupid, as usual:

Gennette Was Not Alone… Weiner’s Twitter Friends Include Pages of Young Lucious [sic] Fans | The Gateway Pundit

Yeah like a sitting congressman is going to twitter a pic of his cock. I know some of our politicians are pretty stupid and feel so entitled as to get away with a lot, but seriously this? It makes no sense and anyone who thinks that this is anything but a fraud and idiotic prank has less sense than a block of wood.

57 Charles Johnson  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:07:59pm

re: #56 allegro

...anyone who thinks that this is anything but a fraud and idiotic prank has less sense than a block of wood.

You just described Jim Hoft.

58 makeitstop  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:08:24pm

re: #56 allegro

...anyone who thinks that this is anything but a fraud and idiotic prank has less sense than a block of wood.

You've just identified Breitbart's prime demographic.

59 allegro  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:08:28pm

re: #57 Charles

You just described Jim Hoft.

Why yes, yes I did, didn't I.

60 Obdicut  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:09:46pm

re: #56 allegro

I think Brietbart's or the stalker dude's thinking went "Some GOP dude posted shirtless pictures of himself on a craigslist ad, so this is totally believable."

61 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:10:46pm

re: #60 Obdicut

I think Brietbart's or the stalker dude's thinking went "Some GOP dude posted shirtless pictures of himself on a craigslist ad, so this is totally believable."

And that incident was, in and of itself, pretty unbelievable.

62 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:11:40pm

Given the atmosphere on the right these days, I suppose it would be useless to point out how unethical; indeed, depraved; it is to persist in a claim like this when you know there are serious doubts about its veracity.

When I was running for office, I would rather have died than use an unverified and frankly dubious claim like this against my opponent. My opponent felt the same way and in fact refused to use some dirt someone had sent him about me.

63 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:14:02pm

re: #62 Shiplord Kirel

You guys are men of character. These turds, not so much.

I'm out for now. Have a solemn Memorial Day, all.

Image: tumblr_l3at9xd7KF1qzmgzro1_500.jpg

64 Interesting Times  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:14:45pm

re: #60 Obdicut

I think Brietbart's or the stalker dude's thinking went "Some GOP dude posted shirtless pictures of himself on a craigslist ad, so this is totally believable."

Similar point made here.

65 Henchman Ghazi-808  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:16:05pm

re: #51 Charles

That's so damn stupid. Karl Rove is following me: he must be teh ghey.

66 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:16:49pm

Kinda scary how far the standards of reporting have fallen, once upon a time you had national anchors that had well deserved authority because they knew what they were talking about.

Can you imagine what Walter Cronkite would have to say about Breitbart live on the national news after the previous frauds?

67 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:17:13pm

re: #65 BigPapa

That's so damn stupid. Karl Rove is following me: he must be teh ghey.

Just run a bit. He'll get tired and you can lose him.

68 Henchman Ghazi-808  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:21:18pm

I would think that many popular figures would randomly Follow unknown Twitter accounts. So he follows some cuties... several out of over a hundred?

The stupid burns. Absolute morons.

69 webevintage  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:21:27pm

re: #51 Charles

Jim Hoft is especially disgusting and stupid, as usual:

Gennette Was Not Alone… Weiner’s Twitter Friends Include Pages of Young Lucious [sic] Fans | The Gateway Pundit


wth?
Hoft is such a moron and seems to not understand how twitter (or the intertubes) work.
If I tweet about my "husband" Robert Downey Jr or that Benedict Cumberbacth is so adorkable he makes my ovaries explode that does not mean that I am actually RDJ's wife or that my ovaries could really exploded from looking at a picture of the lovely mr. cumberbatch.

70 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:24:32pm

re: #69 webevintage

wth?
Hoft is such a moron and seems to not understand how twitter (or the intertubes) work.
If I tweet about my "husband" Robert Downey Jr or that Benedict Cumberbacth is so adorkable he makes my ovaries explode that does not mean that I am actually RDJ's wife or that my ovaries could really exploded from looking at a picture of the lovely mr. cumberbatch.

Wait... your ovaries won't explode?
/

71 allegro  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:24:34pm

re: #69 webevintage

wth?
Hoft is such a moron and seems to not understand how twitter (or the intertubes) work.
If I tweet about my "husband" Robert Downey Jr or that Benedict Cumberbacth is so adorkable he makes my ovaries explode that does not mean that I am actually RDJ's wife or that my ovaries could really exploded from looking at a picture of the lovely mr. cumberbatch.

Funny you should mention him. I just watched the Sherlock series a few days ago on Netflix and I entirely agree! Yum!

72 Obdicut  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:25:02pm

Why would Weiner, if he wanted to wing a pic of his wang to woo this women, use a widget like twitter? The Congressman could have covertly coaxed the cock-shot to the co-ed, coy and casual.

73 webevintage  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:31:00pm

re: #70 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Wait... your ovaries won't explode?
/

Just an internet urban legend...so no need to fear pictures of pretty men...gaze all you want.

74 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:31:22pm

re: #72 Obdicut

An amazingly accurate alliteration.

75 justaminute  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:32:13pm

It seems like the other side is so desperate after the Ryan/Medicare debacle to latch on something to make Dems look bad. All it means is they got nothing but that won't stop then from trying, Republican's do not have a good candidate to get behind in 2012 and IMO it makes them bonkers. I bet the rest of the year will be filled with stories like this.

76 RadicalModerate  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:35:09pm

re: #41 Killgore Trout

Exclusive: Mediaite Analysis Of ‘Weinergate’ Photos Supports Anthony Weiner And Andrew Breitbart

Can someone explain to me how this absolves Brietbart of culpability? If you read the timeline of the Kos article, he posted the story mere MINUTES after the photo was supposedly forwarded to him from Dan Wolfe (aka "patriotusa76")

A complete timeline, including the Twitter Posts by Rep. Weiner (who reported the hack right as it happened), Wolfe, BigGovernment's Dana Loesch and some really sleazy tweets by Brietbart himself are at this Kos article by "stef", which is the one that the New York Daily News corroborates.


Breitbart's
#TwitterHoax - How It Went Down (updated w/ smoking gun)

77 TedStriker  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:35:34pm

Breitbart and Hoft are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white men in history...

/Good Morning Vietnam

78 Kragar  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:38:03pm

re: #77 talon_262

Breitbart and Hoft are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white men in history...

/Good Morning Vietnam

Perhaps they can take care of that for each other.

79 austin_blue  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:51:59pm

re: #18 ralphieboy

Got that from the figure of Tim Benzedrino in the "Bored of the Rings" parody.

Ham Gamgee! The Wizard Goodgulf! Frito! Smegma! The noble elf Logolam!

80 jaunte  Mon, May 30, 2011 12:59:17pm

re: #79 austin_blue

The Ballhog!

81 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Mon, May 30, 2011 3:02:18pm

I hate Breitfart as much as anyone, but DailyKos "proof" that Breitbart faked anything seems to be a load of horseshit.

I went to yfrog, took a screenshot of the normal page and ran it through the error level analyzer.

Result:

[Link: errorlevelanalysis.com...]

The same difference between text portions. Why? Easy: they're different sizes so they blur differently.

So Burpbait is most probably not to blame here, he (or rather his minions) simply took the real screenshot of a real page. Either Weiner or the hacker are to blame, depending on whether you believe Weiner's explanation.

PS: another DKos analysis based on ephemeral "evidence" like dates in file names and whatnot is not very convincing IMHO, especially as it uncritically repeats the "doctored screenshot" claim.

82 Charles Johnson  Mon, May 30, 2011 3:10:46pm

re: #81 sergey romanov

Yes, that's what I posted in the update 2 above -- someone apparently did upload the photo to Weiner's account.

Latest news is that the photo was supposedly retrieved from a cache, and has meta tags that are nothing like the other photos posted by Weiner with his Blackberry.

[Link: www.dailykos.com...]

83 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Mon, May 30, 2011 3:21:26pm

re: #82 Charles

If it wasn't from his Bb then it supports his account about hacking (though he wrote about his FB being hacked, go figure), though it doesn't provide iron-clad evidence (it's not like he necessarily uses only Bb). I don't necessarily believe one version over another at this point.

Anyhow, it's not the prurient aspect that interests me here (couldn't care less, frankly), rather it's the widespread acceptance of faux photo-pseudo-analysis by DailyKos and progressive blogosphere, which is not unlike what happened to Obama's birth certificates. "Heat maps", anyone?

OK, rant over. Back to the lair.

84 William of Orange  Mon, May 30, 2011 3:28:50pm

Please! Be very careful if you want to accuse someone of doing nasty stuff on Internet! The name Dan Wolfe popped up as the one who orchestrated this whole fraud. But the name Dan Wolfe is very common!

Message is, don't jump to conclusions! You might accuse the wrong guy!

85 Charles Johnson  Mon, May 30, 2011 3:38:51pm

re: #83 Sergey Romanov

If it wasn't from his Bb then it supports his account about hacking (though he wrote about his FB being hacked, go figure), though it doesn't provide iron-clad evidence (it's not like he necessarily uses only Bb). I don't necessarily believe one version over another at this point.

Anyhow, it's not the prurient aspect that interests me here (couldn't care less, frankly), rather it's the widespread acceptance of faux photo-pseudo-analysis by DailyKos and progressive blogosphere, which is not unlike what happened to Obama's birth certificates. "Heat maps", anyone?

OK, rant over. Back to the lair.

Error level analysis is a very real forensics technique, though; it's been used by intelligence services to analyze Al Qaeda photos, for example:

[Link: www.wired.com...]

86 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Mon, May 30, 2011 3:48:46pm

re: #85 Charles

It's not the tool I'm criticizing but its particular (mis)use in this case. The DK commenter who made the claim did not even bother testing her hypothesis with a control sample, and her claim was immediately hailed as "proof". I see now that there is a similar posting at DK to mine comment above, where a blogger did the same thing (control sample), so at least some people there are starting to wake up.

OK, now I'm really gone (nearly 3 a.m. here).

87 Eclectic Infidel  Mon, May 30, 2011 4:08:48pm

More fodder for Sherrod's case against him.

DERP!!

88 labman57  Mon, May 30, 2011 6:28:43pm

More faux investigative journalism with O'Keefe-style doctored/planted "evidence" legitimized by the Breitbart Propaganda Palace for the Propagation of Malicious Gossip.

You know the old saying: Fool me once, shame on Breitbart. Fool me twice, I must be a right winger.

89 [deleted]  Tue, May 31, 2011 7:11:20am
90 Girl with a Pearl Earring  Tue, May 31, 2011 7:23:11am

This story keeps changing. First it was "hacking" (a federal crime), and now it's a "prank" (per Weiner himself). If there is a crime involved here, the FBI should be brought in because they WILL track down the perpetrator(s). However, Weiner has lawyered up and is "exploring the next proper steps". It can't be swept under the rug now. Either there was a crime committed here or there wasn't.

[Link: www.justice.gov...]

91 Skinless Frank  Tue, May 31, 2011 9:04:39am

There are ways to get a lot closer to the truth. Twitter can tell what the source IP address was, and can make that fact public, if Mr. Weiner makes the request. He could also ask for law enforcement to investigate, as they did when Ms. Palin's email account was breached. Wait and see whose story checks out. Someone is going to look very foolish; don't let it be you.

92 Bird Dog  Tue, May 31, 2011 1:43:11pm

Weiner has put a cone of silence around himself. Two words: Chris Lee.

93 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 31, 2011 1:49:53pm

re: #92 Bird Dog

What a hoot! You really really want this to be true, don't you?

94 Bird Dog  Tue, May 31, 2011 3:05:05pm

re: #93 Charles

I don't really care, Charles. Weiner changed his story from "hack" to "prank" and then he gave an embarrassing Q&A. Chris Lee's "offense" was not much worse, yet he resigned.

95 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 31, 2011 3:07:00pm

re: #94 Bird Dog

Weiner changed his story from "hack" to "prank"...

OMG! It's a smoking gun!

96 Bird Dog  Tue, May 31, 2011 4:17:24pm

re: #95 Charles

Whatever, Charles, but I think you jumped the gun by uncritically taking Weiner's initial statements at face value, and now you're backtracking with CYA updates. Strange that Weiner is lawyering up instead of policing up. I remember when Palin's e-mail account was hacked. It became a police matter in short order. No such deal with Weiner.

97 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 31, 2011 4:49:54pm

re: #96 Bird Dog

Whatever, Charles, but I think you jumped the gun by uncritically taking Weiner's initial statements at face value, and now you're backtracking with CYA updates. Strange that Weiner is lawyering up instead of policing up. I remember when Palin's e-mail account was hacked. It became a police matter in short order. No such deal with Weiner.

And I think you're a gullible fool, who can't tell the difference between updates as a story breaks and "CYA updates," or between Andrew Breitbart right wing fantasies and reality.

98 boxhead  Tue, May 31, 2011 7:57:30pm

I am absolutely appalled that someone like Andrew Breitbart can be a part of our National discussion. He is not worth the bits required to send this post.

99 Flavia  Wed, Jun 1, 2011 5:01:41am

re: #23 ralphieboy

harmless sh*t, tupac's continued existence is not going to ruin anybody's career.

It's about journalistic integrity - or, rather, the lack thereof - & the resultant/accompanying hypocrisy, so mentioning the fake Tupac story was important.

100 [deleted]  Wed, Jun 1, 2011 6:14:56am
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