I need to apologize to everyone for my comments in an earlier post entitled “Heroes and Zeros”, that alleged someone hacked Anthony Weiner Twitter account and “sent a lewd photo over it of, you guessed it, an image referencing his last name.”
I implied that Andrew Breitbart was involved; the man who is ill-famed from Shirley Sherrod’s defamation and associated with ambush film maker James O’Keefe who edited tapes to distort the facts about the ACORN organization. It is clear now, following Weiner’s public contrition today, that I made an error in judgement about him – but NOT Breitbart.
Breitbart’s attendance and eventual take over of the speaker’s podium where Weiner had called a press conference and was set to reveal his lie, is typical of the juvenile behavior I originally accused Breitbart of in this instance.
To complain that somehow Weiner implied Breitbart was behind this, as Breitbart has accused, may have some validity but many of us were first informed by the media that the first one to post the Weiner Tweet was “BigGovernment.com, a website run by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart”, NOT Anthony Weiner or his staff.
It is also ludicrous for Breitbart to claim he has been injured by this conjecture and thus owed an apology, after being found to hastily post an edited video of Shirley Sherrod at a NAACP convention on his website and claiming it was evidence of racists attitudes by many blacks. He refused to apologize to Ms. Sherrod who initially lost her position with the U.S. Agricultural Dept. as a result of the doctored video, claiming he had no idea it had been edited and that some of the comments made by a few blacks in the audience conveyed the bigotry he says he was trying to prove.
Anthony Weiner not only fully confessed his lie in public but allowed all legitimate journalists there to ask him questions until they had no more and were fully satisfied. The guy’s political career is pretty much over even though he has decided not to resign. For Breitbart however to shamelessly try to elevate himself above the political mire he swims in for a living and in lieu of his inability to acknowledge his own failures, he is still more of a zero than Weiner is or perhaps ever will be, in this writer’s opinion.
I feel comfortable that this is one assessment I will not have to come back and apologize for later.