Anthony Weiner Attempts Damage Control
He was trying to do damage control over that raunchy photo that appeared on his Twitter stream, but embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner's numerous TV appearances Wednesday are backfiring.
Craig Ferguson joked on his show, "Congressman Weiner will not say that the photograph is not of him. He says though that it may have been digitally manipulated."
On The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert said, "This does not sound like a denial to me."
On The Daily Show Jon Stewart said, "There's no way to cover the Weiner story in a non-adolescent fashion."
Weiner, a New York Democrat, is at the center of a furor over a photo of a man in his underwear, sent via his Twitter account to a young woman in Seattle.
Weiner denies sending the picture, and says his account was hacked. But his efforts to sidestep questions about whether it's him in the photo are making things worse.
Even Jon Stewart, who once shared a summer rental with Weiner is mocking him.
"I was hoping that he'd have a very clear and strong, reasonable explanation," said Stewart.
Then Stewart showed a clip of a reporter asking Weiner, "That's not a picture of you?" Weiner replied, "I can't say with certitude."
"Well I guess that clears that up," joked Stewart.
Headline writers are having a field day. Many of the double entendres are quite racy. Among the PG rated ones is from the New York Post which says, "Weiner Exposed."
In an interview with CNN, Weiner admitted the scandal is putting a strain on his wife. He married a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last July.
"Hopefully my marriage survives my first anniversary," Weiner said on CNN's The Situation Room.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked Weiner a pretty pointed question during a live interview.
"How do you intend to reassure your constituents and the people who have supported you politically that they shouldn't think you're a creep?" asked Maddow.
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has this reaction to what's been dubbed 'Weinergate.'
"I think the American people are sick of seeing elected officials tied up in scandals like this," said Cantor.