Breaking: The X-Rated Picture Has Been Leaked (Update: Breitbart Violated the Flounder Principle) (Further Update: Opie Says He Accidentally Did What He Tried To Do)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update: In twitter, Opie explains how he got it. Jump to the end for details.
Update (III): Breitbart talks to Fox News about it:
“I’m mortified,” Breitbart told Fox News.
The image of what are said to be Weiner’s genitals was posted online after Breitbart appeared on the satellite radio show of shock jocks Opie and Anthony Wednesday.
Breitbart said that while he was in the studio, Opie — real name, Gregg Hughes — snapped a photo of the graphic image “without my permission.” Breitbart said he’s shown the image to other members of the media as proof of his claims, but until now nobody has made that image public.
“This is the first time that someone surreptitiously grabbed a photo of it. This is a complete breach of our arrangement that the photo would not be made public,” Breitbart told Fox News. “It was a complete violation of trust.”
Breitbart claimed Opie’s co-host Anthony Cumia will issue a statement saying he’s “horrified” by the development.
Maybe Cumia will claim to be horrified, but then how does he explain this?
That is a screencap of a tweet he sent, with the address of the pic blocked out. It’s not hard to find, but I am not posting a link here.
That all being said, I think Breitbart violated the Flounder principle.
He screwed up. He trusted them.
Update (IV): You can read Breitbart’s statement, here. Its about what I understood it as. Breitbart asserts he didn’t know they were taking that pic. Still, he violated the Flounder Principle.
Update (V): At Mediaite Opie tries to make an apology that sounds sincere. This is his version. Opie tried to take a pic of it, Anthony stopped him because of his conscience. But little did they know it was going out anyway because the live feed camera captured it. An audience member saw it, captured it and sent it to them and then they felt the overwhelming need to tweet it themselves.
Eh, probably close to the truth, but I am underwhelmed with that defense.
We now resume our original post.
Now this is just breaking but the masters of taste (note: sarcasm), Opie and Anthony, have released a picture of a cell phone with the infamous previously unreleased photograph of Congressman Weiner’s um… pelvic area. My prediction on what the content was pretty close. My only question was whether we would see Weiner’s face in it, and no, we don’t. So technically we can’t be sure it is him in the picture.
Now, you might reasonably wonder if it is really the picture Breitbart had. Ace says he heard through the grapevine that the pic is not really the one Breitbart was holding back. But this is a rare case of me actually having a source myself, and yes, this is the pic Breitbart had but wasn’t releasing (intentionally). I want to be very precise here. My source (and I trust this person) says this is one of the pics that Meagan Broussard gave to Breitbart asserting that it was of the Congressman.
Mediaite has one version of the story:
What we can only assume is the worst couple weeks of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s life continues.Andrew Breitbart appeared on The Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius Radio this morning as the latest stop on his “I Told You So” Tour and showed the hosts, Anthony Cumia and Gregg “Opie” Hughes a picture that he said he wouldn’t release; a fully uncensored photo that purports to be of Weiner’s genitals. Breitbart showed the picture on his cell phone which he passed around. Unsurprisingly, the hosts quickly snapped a shot of the screen and tweeted the image out to numerous news outlets.
There hasn’t been any reaction from Congressman Weiner, or Breitbart. My spider sense tells me that Breitbart is going to be pissed, too, because I think he genuinely felt that since Weiner ‘fessed up it wasn’t necessary to show it.
And for true ridiculousness, Mediaite shows us the picture. Now if I had the real, graphic picture, I wouldn’t show it to you. I don’t think Patrick wants his blog to be like that and I don’t want to be like that. But I feel comfortable showing you the Mediaite pic because as you are about to see, you don’t really see anything. And that fact makes it kind of worth talking about:
As I said to co-guest-blogger Lee on the Twitter, if you are going to pixelate a picture that much, why even bother showing us the pic? This has to be the most ridiculous pixilation since the Danish cartoon controversy when CNN decided to air pixilated copies of the cartoons, thus amounting to pieces of paper with unrecognizable blurs on them. (I’ll try to update this with video of that other ridiculous pixilation later.)
Update: And here is that video:
There is another image I have seen of the alleged Weinerpic. Its also pixilated, but it leaves less to the imagination. I know where to find it and a little sleuthing on your part would have you find it, too. But I won’t be posting it here because it is graphic and, well… what does it add? Its pretty much what we all knew it would be. As of this moment there is no room for verifying that it actually is the Congressman’s pelvic area, so all it is, is a pic of that body part.
On Twitter, Lee said that Opie and Anthony crossed a line. I am personally not sure if those idiots even know there is a line.
And please Breitbart, tell us you didn’t think you could trust these guys with the secret… I wouldn’t have.
Update: Here’s what Opie is saying about how he got it:
We had @ AndrewBreitbart on the show today and we prodded him to see the “pic” that was rumored to be out there. He finally passed his phone around to show a pic of @repweiner ‘s well “weiner”.I believe it was not @AndrewBreitbart ‘s intention to get the pic out there at this time. As the phone made the rounds around the room to @jimnorton @anthonycumia and myself the picture was captured by a video camera that was on! I did try to take a pic of @AndrewBreitbart ‘s phone but it came out blurry because @anthonycumia grabbed the phone. Wasn’t until @AndrewBreitbart left the studio that we realized what was captured on our video camera.
That is several tweets strung together. All the links are to the individual tweets, and the only modification I made was to cut out the “(cont)” indicators.
I like Breitbart, but if that is true, that sounds negligent at the very least. As they say the best way to keep a secret is no to tell anyone. And with the ubiquity of cameras in our culture, the way to keep a picture is not to show it to anyone.
Update (II): Let me hasten to add that the person who screwed up the most was Weiner himself for taking the pics and sending them to strange women in the first place. He bears primary responsibility for this debacle.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]