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Washington Babylon reported several times last month on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s continued sexting and said that if underage girls were involved, his conduct should draw a criminal investigation. I knew at the time that Weiner was sexting at least one teen but was asked not to report it — the source feared being identified — so I held back the information.

Our story led to others in the Daily Mail, the New York Post and many other outlets. Today the Mail has published a long and truly disgusting story that should finally banish Weiner from public sight. The story — under the headline “Anthony Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a troubled 15-year-old girl telling her she made him ‘hard,’ asking her to dress up in ‘school-girl’ outfits and pressing her to engage in ‘rape fantasies'” — confirmed what I knew and a lot more.

Weiner texted the girl under the screen name of “T Dog.” The story said that the “online relationship began last January while she was a high school sophomore and before Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, announced she was ended their marriage.” (Trust me, you really don’t want to read the full story, it will literally make you ill.)

What’s worse, Weiner was the subject of a recently released documentary — co-directed by his former aide — that clearly aimed to rehabilitate his image and allow him to return to the political scene with Huma. And it had worked, prior to the reporting of the new allegations).

Many news outlets ran favorable stories about Weiner after the film came out. The worst was an appalling suck up job in the New York Times but Slate came in a close second with an interview with the filmmakers in which Hannah Rosin, one of the writers who bylined the piece, said, “I think that most people who have seen the film come away liking him more…I think it might be because you see him as a fuller human being at the end of the film.”

We’ve now seen Weiner at his fullest and no one wants to see more. Good riddance.

 

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  • Phil Perspective

    Many news outlets ran favorable stories about Weiner after the film came out. The worst was an appalling suck up job in the New York Times but Slate came in a close second with an interview with the filmmakers in which Hannah Rosin, one of the writers who bylined the piece, said, “I think that most people who have seen the film come away liking him more…I think it might be because you see him as a fuller human being at
    the end of the film.”

    All the more reason I.F. Stone had it right. No attending such garbage as the Nerd Prom and other parties where you become friends with politicos.