Obligatory Weinergate Post
Queens congressman runs into some trouble on the Twitter
There is a supplementary joke embedded within Rachel Shteir’s excellent article, today in Tablet Magazine, about the Jewish political consultant played by Alan Cumming on the acclaimed TV series The Good Wife. Describing the wheeling-and-dealing, brilliant New York political consultant Eli Gold (purportedly based, loosely, on Rahm Emanuel), Shteir writes, “He’s everything Anthony Weiner dreams about at night.”
Well. For those who don’t know, there was a flap over the weekend in which a picture of a man’s crotch was tweeted by Weiner’s account at (“@”) a young female follower of the Democratic congressman from Queens. Weiner claims his account was hacked; some have intimated that, in fact, Weiner—who is married to former Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin—may have intended to send a private direct message to the follower and instead accidentally tweeted the image to the world. (Ben Smith lays out the various possibilities; even those readers who are not on Twitter will have some idea of what may have gone down.)
The world may never know for sure whether Weiner is the victim here or not (although if I were a betting man, I’d wager we will know, sooner or later). But in the meantime, can we expect a similar scandal in The Good Wife, Season Three?
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