Rep. Anthony Weiner’s story about hackers breaking into his Twitter account is completely plausible. So why is he acting so guilty about it? It’s the congressman’s evasiveness, not his original explanation, that’s drawing so much attention to the story. After days of dodging questions, Weiner held a useless press gaggle today, where he refused to answer even the most basic inquiries from reporters
Here’s the complete list of questions Weiner was asked, in order (via the CNN video):
“Was that picture of you?”
“Why did you hire a lawyer? Why not let law enforcement handle it?”
“Can you say if you’re concerned if there’s hacking going on with members of congress? That’s a serious thing. Aren’t you concerned if someone’s looking at your sensitive information?”
“Are the Capitol Hill police already looking into it?”
“Was it hacked or was it a prank?”
“Can you tell us why you were following a 21-year-old college student [on Twitter]?”
After each question, Weiner responded with a different version of “This is a distraction” and “I’m going to get back to the conversation I care about.”
One frustrated reporter finally shot back that, “This distraction might go away if you answered some of the questions that are out there.”
“I’m not convinced of that,” replied Weiner. (He’s not alone there).
One thing is for sure. The story certainly isn’t going to go away after his bizarre press appearance. How difficult would it have been for him to say it wasn’t him in the photo? How difficult would it have been for him to ask the police to investigate the hacking?
Weiner isn’t going to be able to dodge legitimate questions for much longer. His odd behavior today just ensured that.