June 1st, 2011
04:16 PM ET

Why do politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means it will go away?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Politicians never learn. They think if they deny something or change the subject when asked about it, that's the end of it. It will just go away.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/06/01/art.anthony.weiner.jpg caption="Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)"]
Well, guess what? It never does. And watching them squirm as that truth dawns on them is priceless.

The latest example: New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose Twitter account sent out a lewd picture of a man in his underwear.

This episode was quickly dubbed "Weinergate."

You can't make this stuff up.

The Congressman, Weiner, is insisting his Twitter account was hacked and someone else sent the photo. That's the same excuse former Congressman Christopher Lee, the Republican from New York, tried in February when he was caught sending a suggestive picture of himself to a woman he was hoping to meet on Craig's List. He resigned.

Weinergate would have disappeared if the congressman had answered the question, "Did you send that photograph or not?" Instead Weiner called a CNN producer a "jackass" and carried on like some spoiled 9-year-old. It wasn't the CNN producer who came across as the jackass.

Dodging questions and denying allegations is nothing new. President Bill Clinton said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Wrong answer. President Richard Nixon said, "I am not a crook." He was.

And look at the mess John Edwards is in... Facing a possible long prison stretch over allegations he stole campaign funds to support his mistress.

The list of these egotistical so-called public servants is much longer than we have time for here.

Here’s my question to you: Why do politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means it will go away?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paul in Seattle:
Because they're so often right. Deny, change the subject and tap dance until the next Big Story hits. That's the game. Politicos like Anthony Wiener - whether rightly or wrongly accused–know that in this hot 2011 news year they'll be bumped off "Page One" in about a day and a half.

They think an allegation will go away, because it usually does. In these days of "saturation" news broadcasting, the race to put everything on the air guarantees that our attention span will not be a factor. On top of that, we now expect politicians to be totally unethical at some point in their careers.

Ken in North Carolina:
That’s the way all used car salesmen are trained. They believe it because usually in the end, they watch you drive off in your brand new used clunker, praying that it will make it off the lot.

Denying an allegation is within anyone's right. It’s not up to anyone to prove their innocence. Nobody can control the media's desire to pursue any story they feel may garner viewership, no matter if it’s trivial or not. The media sets their own agendas and will follow any scent of guilt, which can be a good thing if the subject matter is important which is not always the case.

Dave in Nashville:
There’s nothing more frustrating than how politicians spin words in lieu of answering the question, and there are only two reasons why: They can't answer truthfully and/or they love to hear themselves talk. Take Anthony Weiner, he must think he's a rock star to imagine giving a speech to 45,000 people as his answer to whether he tweeted his tweeter to the college kid. And voters keep re-electing them - unreal.

The same reason they don't try to do anything productive. They know attention spans are real small. We're far to busy worrying about Pippa and the Kardashians to be bothered.

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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Russ in PA

    Dad to son: did you knock over that lamp/break the window/wreck the car?

    Son to dad: Hey, no, I didn't do it. The cat/dog/sister/alien did it!

    So how often does that work for politicians?

    June 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  2. Cathy

    Because they think they can gey away with it and also because they are stupid!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  3. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I don't know, Jack. I'm a big fan of Anthony Weiner BUT I can't understand WHY he wouldn't just DENY the allegations when questioned by the press.

    just seems to feed the right-wing liars like that skumbag Breitbart. HE or one of his "associates" is probably the one that actually hacked into Weiner's account and planted the picture. IF that can be proven, he should go to JAIL

    June 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Kevin in CA

    Well, maybe because more often than not, it usually does make it go away.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  5. KCLaw

    Because the attention span of the average American voter is about as short as the life cycle of a fruit fly.

    KCLaw in KCMO.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  6. Peg in NY

    Because they are idiots.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  7. pat in michigan

    I am a politician Jack .I make the rules ....I don't have to obey them!!!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  8. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    They probably believe they are king or queen of all that's before them and cannot be challenged. They are omnipotent.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  9. Bonny Sisson Stilwell

    Dear Jack, You don't have to be a politician to deny an allegation, for if Obama believes he can put out a fraudulent Birth Certificate his lies will continue to be covered up, like Jeffrey Toobin's lies about his illegitimate child, but they just wouldn't go away and neither did his son Rory. The allegations that Obama is a usurper will continue to build until he will be forced to leave office. Until the mainstream demands that the U.S. Congress calls for a full FBI investigation, and unless you report the truth of the allegations, we will be ruled by a LIC (Liar IN Chief).

    June 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  10. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't know why politicians think that way because it never works. It only makes them look guilty. They should know by now when there is blood in the water, the news media will go into a feeding frenzy. Maybe that is why Sarah Palin only allows Fox News to interview her.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  11. Joe

    Why does the media insist upon promoting discussion, which have little or no relevance to our important issues (ex: Sarah Palin- who is financing her tour?)
    As far as I am concerned you are talking about Anthony Weiner; yet, where were you with this question days, months, and years ago?

    Unfortunately, the majority of politicians are frauds, and the majority of big time media is the same, so where does this leave us? We live in a world of manipulated images and a cynical view is mandated.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    June 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  12. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    Misdirection and obfuscation lets the listeners know they went to law school.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  13. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Because they are politicians, big egos and believe they are above it all, until they get caught. They must be getting bad adivse, but continue anyway.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  14. Ed from Texas

    Because lying comes naturally to politicians and the higher they rise in their "profession," the better at it they become.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Ron from Coalinga

    Because the only other option is to tell the truth. Which they usually end up doing after options 1 and 2 fail.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  16. Rick, Medina, OH


    Not everyone can be smart, and that includes politicians. What has been so tragically missing in recent years is the lack of statesmen. Our nation sorely needs a few!

    Medina, OH

    June 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  17. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Simple Jack, they think that we're stupid, stupid, stupid and that they're above the rest of us.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  18. Bill in New Mexico

    This is the nature of the creature that is a politician.

    A politician avoids answering any question. It's so very frustrating.

    A politician is incapable of being direct or honest even on simple issues–much less on allegations.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  19. Lori - PA


    Maybe they think I'm not paying attention. Thing is, I am paying attention. I'm guessing other people in the same boat I'm in (unemployed and unable to find work) are too. Especially when polititicans pass, or try to pass, legislation that will hurt the "Middle Class".

    June 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  20. Ken in Seattle

    It's called suspension of reality, in combination with a large dose of arrogance. Few really believe them anyway. The only thing crazier than thinking denial, which everyone expects regardless of evidence to the contrary, will make something go away is the fact politicians continually engage in activities that are bound to discovered. Thinking they can keep inappropriate or illegal behavior secret, when Republicans, Democrats and the news media have there antenna finely tuned to it, is beyond belief. Using social media to engage in inappropriate behavior is just plain insanity.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  21. Phyllis G Williams

    Why do politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means it will go away?

    From the Garden of Eden, Man thought that lying and blaming others were the ways out of trouble They do not remember “be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32: 23), and if you plant corn, you reap corn, not peas; and can be visited by the iniquity of the fathers from the 3rd and 4th generation (Exodus 20: 5).

    June 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  22. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    It is all about power, Jack. Back in the day a politician would resign when he was caught. Now-a-days they stay in office until they are about to do a perp walk. And sometimes ignoring the problem works since the American electorate has such a short memory.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  23. ImALibertarian


    Politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means the accusation will go away because getting caught is an aberration of the justice system when you're above the law. Plus also they haven't the foresight of a four year old who realizes the consequences of risk may be its discovery followed by a swat in the pants.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  24. lou

    Well it must have worked for them in the past, or they wouldn't keep using those diversion tricks. Makes you wonder how many things they've all gotten away with, that we will never know about. Actually, I don't even want to know.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  25. Ken from Pinon Hills. California

    Because that is what politicians do. Presidents on down do it.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  26. Gary H. Boyd

    That's a great question to ask an ex-U. S. President, an ex-U.S. Vice Presidential candidate, the ex-Governors of South Carolina, New York, Illinois and California or any other politician whose played fast and loose with the truth. They see themselves as sacrosanct Jack. If you don't believe that, - just ask 'em.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  27. Joe CE

    I guess this was inspired by the underware photo. The Rep said he considered it a prank. It certainly was not obscene and I don't thinl "lewed" is accurate. This is his right. According to CNN's legal epert, it is not clear that it was a violation of the law. Why does the media think it has a right to get a yes or no answer to any question? Why dosen't the media the decency to acceptanswers that they don't like?.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  28. Donna from Wisconsin

    That's obvious!! The MEDIA don't persist in asking the pertentant questions! You take the side step given INSTEAD of repeating until you get an answer to your question! All the networks do it! It is hard to take mainstream media for indepth questions. You don't do it! FLUFF questions with FLUFF answers is what we get. And if you want 'talking points' instead of news, then FOX is your baby. Even if I don't like the question, I'd much prefer some hard-hitting questions with persistance to get the FACTS!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  29. Scott in Bellingham

    The definition of the word politician is "illusionist."

    June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  30. Mark in Oklahoma City

    Jack, I have no idea why Congressman Weiner thinks that. It probably didn't work for him in elementary school and it won't work now.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  31. Bud Rupert

    Because most are not as bright as the public thinks they are. That plus the mistaken belief that they can "spin" their way out of trouble.
    I would ventyure a guess that most of the politicians and even sports figures would probably have kept their jobs if they would have just told the truth.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  32. Sylvia from California

    Because history tells them that their will be another scandal right around the corner that will consume the short attention span of the public.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  33. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Arrogance, and the idea that they are better than the rest of us. And who can blame them. After all what other job can you exempt yourself from all the rules, laws and regulations you’ve saddled everyone else with and can give yourself a raise whenever you want, no matter how lousy a job you’ve done?

    June 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  34. diridi

    Because People are Plain Stupid....that's it. Nab and bust....o.k, it does not matter,

    June 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  35. Pete in Georgia

    Why ??
    Because they are arrogant narcissists who truly believe they are accountable to no one, no legal system, and are entitled from their current position to the grave...................without questions.
    American politicians have risen to a new level of arrogance previously unknown to mankind.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  36. chris

    because they think if we are worried about spending and gettng gouged at the pump thaty their affairs or getting caught doing something we would be in jail for that it will go fly out the window

    June 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  37. JENNA

    Why do politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means it will go away?

    Because Republicans can count on FOX NEWS and CNN will cover it up and DEFLECT with a NON ISSUE.. Shinny Object Syndrome.. "look over here, not there" and stupid Americans will look away.

    Good thing we are not ALL stupid and that is how those who have done wrong do actually get theirs eventually.. Such a waste of time and effort. Clean house quickly and get back to work..

    Roseville CA

    June 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  38. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    George W. Bush said it best – “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.”

    June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  39. Randy

    Because the corporate owned media has a vested interest in keeping the most corrupt people in office. Corporations can't buy off someone with integrity, so they like their ( for show) two party system in place.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  40. B. J. , Quincy,Ill

    Because that's the case, they hehaw around and it gets buried by the press.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  41. Terry in Virginia

    Of course not, but that's not why they do it. They know that any publicity raises their profiles. Plus, quite frankly, some of our Congress MEN's egos enjoy the attention, but I wouldn't give you 2 cents for the lot of them.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  42. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Gee, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Libby claimed to have unassailable evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. None of them were indicted for fraud or malfeasance in this regard and the only things that went away were more than 5,000 American lives and a trillion dollars or so, not to mention almost the whole American economy.So I guess they can, Jack; especially some thing as stupid as a supposedly hacked tweet.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  43. hongli

    This is the behaviour of a GUILTY person Jack, amen and so let it be.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  44. Greg Turman


    It gives the media time to come up with something wonderful like:

    "What is the definition of is"?

    The difference between genius & stupidity is that genius has it's limits.

    Gregory Turman

    June 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  45. Saul

    One word Jack, ignorance..
    Blacksburg, VA

    June 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  46. dave in nashville

    Nothing more frustrating than how politicians spin words in lieu of answering the question, and there are only two reasons why; they can't answer truthfully and/or they love to hear themselves talk.
    Take Anthony Weiner, he must think he's a rock star to imagine giving a speech to 45,000 people as his answer to whether he tweeted his tweeter to the college kid.
    And voters keep re-electing them, unreal.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  47. Rudy padgett

    Politicians don't know how to handle the truth.

    We pay out billions of dollars in foreign aid, and protection of Istrael.(They even gave over a million dollars to test shrimp on a treadmill!)

    The politicians even come up with the theory that Social Security and Medicare are breaking the country financially.

    How's that for changing the subject?

    Politicians just don't know what truth is, so they try to change everything for their own benefit.

    Roanoke, VA.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  48. Sean

    The same reason they don't try to do anything productive. They know attention spans are real small. We're far to busy worrying about Pippa and the Kardashians to be bothered.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  49. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Depending on the offense, most politicians can dance their way out of anything. Remember, almost all of them are lawyers, meaning they have already figured a loophole or known the consequence BEFORE committing the offense. The only time it truly seems to matter is when a President is caught in a series of lies that is either so embarrassing or criminal that they become trapped (Clinton, Nixon, ect., ect.). The rest fight it out or "retire for family reasons". The not-so-funny thing is how many times a lot of these clowns get re-elected anyway(!?). Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  50. Rose

    Because the people who voted them into office are stupid enough to believe whatever they say – regardless of contradictory evidence – which to them is some left-wing smear campaign.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  51. Kim Smith

    They think an allegation will go away, because it usually does. In these days of "saturation" news broadcasting, the race to put everything on the air guarantees that our attention span will not be a factor. We are de-sensitized by decages of quick-cut and jump-cut editing in the movies, videos, advertising and even news casts that have the ever annoying "crawl" running in front of the primary picture. On top of that, we now expect politicians to be totally unethical at some point in their careers.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  52. Bud Rupert

    Because most are not as bright as the public thinks they are. That plus the mistaken belief that they can "spin" their way out of trouble.
    I'd venture a guess that most of the politicians and even coaches would probably have kept their jobs if they would have just told the truth. The cover up is generally what does them in

    June 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    Isn't that in the politicians handbook?
    Isn't that a prerequisite to becoming a politician?
    That's thier culture isn't it?
    I think thats in the next chapter after "How to make promises to the people while campaigning and then let them down after your elected" or is it before the chapter " How to be a crook and get away with it"
    It's not easy being a politician you know.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  54. Annie, Atlanta

    Because with an assist from corporate owned media over the last decade or two. We've been lied to repeatedly, watching those lies become fact through a couple of 24 hour news cycles. Look at Fox News and the propaganda they're allowed to spew 24/7, so little of it based in reality. But it is reality to their followers, who sadly don't know any better. How often do you see any "reporter" call a politician out for their lies these days? They just let them go on and then go to the next question. I find myself at the edge of my seat just waiting for the questions to be asked, for them to be called out. And it doesn't happen. It's disgraceful. And it's not just Fox.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  55. Sandstone.

    "I don't think they do really! But they hope those few that still trust them, can be brought around to a time before the scandal, or whatever it is. Bulusconi cant be any worse than Muselini was, and he's trying to help in Libya. Better the devil you know? Or you may end up with the one you can't even find just now. At least not untill they throw their hat in the ring !"

    June 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  56. Karl in Flint

    The politicians do it because they are stupid enough to think they can get away with it. Unfortunately, the people they tell this to are even more stupid and let them get away with it. Of course, most are fine, upstanding, church-going Republican hypocrites. Need I say any more?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  57. Mr. D

    They would hope so. Speaking in "forked tongues" is a favorite pastime of the political parties. Tell it like it isn't and maybe you will get away with it.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  58. Paul P.

    Denying an allegation is within anyone's right, its not up to anyone to prove their innocence. Nobody can control the media's desire to pursue any story they feel may garner viewership, no matter if its trivial or not. The media sets their own agendas and will follow any scent of guilt, which can be a good thing if the subject matter is important...which is not always the case.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  59. Kathie

    because they think we are stupid!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  60. Matt McClamrock

    Atlanta, GA – – Because they know if it's repeated enough the American people will eventually believe it. There is not enough personal accountability for politicians. They deny and change the subject because they can.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  61. Paul, Seattle Washington

    Because they're so often right. Deny, change the subject and tap dance until the next Big Story hits, that's the game. Politicos like Anthony Wiener–whether rightly or wrongly accused–know that in this hot-2011-news year they'll be bumped off "Page One" in about a day and a half.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  62. Dennis north carolina

    they think that they are the BOSS so they are above the law and the media.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  63. Loren

    Because they know that the electorate has a short attention span. An example is the President's birth certificate on the White House website. A graphic artist subjected the document to a Adobe Illustrator review and showed that it was a composite document. Has the press generally picked up on that? No. So why should politicians worry about short attention span America?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  64. andyz Lynn, MA

    One of two reasons: First, most politicians have the retention faculties of a hyperactive three year old or second, both political parties insist their members of congress have lobotomies. If you don't believe me; watch the news. Hey, watch CNN!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  65. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Politicians and their handlers know that people do not have a long attention span in the first place. Some things that get blown out of proportion by the media really were not even worth talking about in the first place so if they kick the can down the road long enough it simply goes away. Some other politician is bound to mess up worse and that takes the heat off. If people spent more time learning the truth about their politicians before they voted we might one day have an effective government again. As it is people vote for their crook instead of the other crook as the lesser of two evils. Politics is not for good honest decent people. It is a cut throat, backstabbing what's in it for me culture not a what's good for the country concept.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  66. Ed from MD

    That's how they've been taught. Politics 101 pg.3 when faced with the truth deny deny deny, if the problem persists see pg. 115.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  67. Nina Fox

    Because the prerequisite to being a politician requires a caricature of pontification!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  68. Bryan, Colorado

    Because it does go away. Heck grown adults in this country still believe in big foot and the tooth fairy. It's not the politicians fault they get away with it, it's the our fault . I think its all the persciption pain killers running rampid in our society these days, to dull the pain of our own stupidity for electing these meat heads.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  69. Janne from NC

    Because it usually does. They know the press will lose interest and move on leaving us in the public with no more answers than we started with.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  70. David from Herndon, VA

    In Anthony Weiner's case, it doesn't matter what he does - the wingnuts have demonstrated that no amount of evidence or discussion will change their fairy tales. Look at the whole birth certificate thing.

    And while you're at it, what percentage of people still believe Sadaam Hussein was responsible for 9/11? What percentage believe in evolution? Climate change? Somewhere between a third and half of our citizens have gone insane in the last 30 years.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  71. steve harris

    That wiener guy tried that and nobody believes him, he keeps sidestepping and the press keeps pressing and wiener is loosing big time – he should tell the straight truth and be done with it.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  72. Carl


    That's an easy answer. Because all politicians are either liars, thieves, or crooks, or all of the above. The politicians of today don't try to get elected to serve the people, they try to get elected to serve themselves. In my opinion, being a politician is a very corrupt occupation. This is why we are not the once great country we used to be, they have sold us out, as usual. Most politicians are worthless low life people, I'am sick to death of all of them, and their lies.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  73. Jeff (Ontario Canada)

    I would say no, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize you go where the money is to be made. How about governors making more than the president, where is the incentive? I sure wouldn't take that job!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  74. Jeff (Ontario Canada)

    Because they have something to hide, and need time to get there stories straight. If you didn't do it then just say so why avoid questions. Doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure this one out, if history has taught us anything people who act this way the truth will come out, remember Bill Clinton and Monica.....

    June 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  75. AzRose

    Charlie Rangel comes to mind with your question. He vowed that he did nothing wrong and we all know better now. They all think they are above the law and if they get caught all they get is a slap on the hands and then it is back to business as usual.

    Glendale, Az

    June 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  76. Jane (Minnesota)

    Politicians are in a no-win situation with the tabloid style journalism that the 24/7 news channels use plus their big egos. The NY congressman a target because he's a very vocal "left voice" that the conservative movement would love nothing better than to get out of Washington. We are all human and my guess is most users (including the conservative users) of social networking have been sent or sent off-color or tasteless items.

    There are far more important things to find solutions to – such as the high unemployment, why no one from Wall Street was investigated/convicted of the 2008 economic meltdown, why speculators are allowed to driveup the commodity prices and actually effect some change. This should be of more interest than whether someone sent a photo that at best is in bad taste.

    Trouble is – those subjects I mentioned aren't as big for ratings as the tabloid stories. If you advertise yourself as a news station – let's loose the sensationalism.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  77. John from Alabama

    Jack: The answer to your question is that any electronic account like email, twitter, or facebook can be hacked. It takes some doing, but it is very possible. People who pay their bills by computer should think twice about doing it.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  78. Kevin SD CA

    First of all; all Politians are in denial to start with! Second: this whole system is designed to manipulate and control through denial and deflecting any true responsibility now!

    These politicians learn these tactics from the School of Leaches, Parasites, Snakes, and Weasels that train them starting in High School student government where these mind sets are formulated by their fascist/socialist teachers and faculty via union control! It is a wonder that anyone does anything honest in this country de-spite the public schools and government!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  79. Jeff In Minnesota

    It comes down to an old adage, "If you don't talk about it, it doesn't exist." My father-in-law practiced this until his dying day. It may have made him feel better, but it sure didn't help any of the situations that he really needed to deal with. Our politicians today seem to think we're all stupid and, I suppose, to an extent there must be some truth to that because the electorate keeps re-electing these imbeciles until they do something really out of line or illegal. We only have ourselves to blame. I still think the answer is term limits because without them we have created a political elite that serves only their kind and their financial backers and not the people who elect them.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  80. bob in florida

    Because it works, Jack. Ask Rep Paul Ryan, he has been successful in changing the perception that his Medicare reform is not a voucher plan, it's a plan for vouchers.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  81. george c paree

    Because people are stupid our country is bank rupted an Obama keeps lieing to us.This guy your talking about is stupid beyond my caring.I worry about the depression coming you and people in news wont tell us about this coming depression .Jack I am to old to be worry about but grandchilden need you to tell them the truth. chuck paree Anderson in.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  82. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    They think it will go away because first of all, people have short memories. Second, the media keeps things alive when it would otherwise go away, and if it drops off the media radar, people do forget. Many politicians miss an opportunity to keep things fresh on people's minds by bringing it up again and again to influence votes. Democrats have been bad at this and missed golden opportunities.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York


    He's my Congressman ,does outstanding constituent service, and will have my support even if and if this a big IF, poor judgement is the proven result.
    The true jackasses in this story are right wing toilet paper tabloids like the New York Post that made this their lead story. At least we now know what you're reading in the bathroom, Jack.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  84. Gordon Miller

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. What's good for the donkey is good for the elephant.

    Please apply a uniform standard of coverage to events involving both parties – this is right wing bias showing with laser beam brightness.

    BTW – I left Facebook when my account was hacked.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  85. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't forget, most of these politicians were lawyers first so we can't expect them to indict themselves and forget about the burden of proof.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  86. Bobbi from L.A.

    Personally, I think this is just an orchestrated, right-wing attack, to make him appear flawed. Misery LOVES company, you know. And at this point in time, there are far more "family values" trumpeters being outed for unsavory and unfriendly-to-America, non-christian-like behaviors and statements, than there are Democrats. I simply cannot imagine that this well-spoken, passionate, respected representative is guilty of anything except being a vulnerable target to those who are loyal to the Republicans.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  87. Skytrekker (Mableton GA)

    Easy Jack! The MSM loves these left wing arrogant, condescending holier-than-thou fake do-gooders! All they have to do is make a faux apology, go to some make-do remedial training, and even if they've raped (slick willie), cheated on taxes (Geitner, Rangel and a bunch of others), violated marriage vows (LBJ, JFK) they get a free ride. Just watch how deftly this scumbag Weiner gets away with his childish action.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  88. Doris/St Louis

    And the answer is(drum roll), The majority of politicians live a great life off of tax payers, and are accoustomed to answersing to no one, walk around like rock stars, and have the nerve to think that a woman want to look at their, well you know the rest.......let's throw out all of the BUMS!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  89. Ken in NC

    That’s the way all Used Car Salesmen are trained. They believe it because usually in the end, they watch you drive off in your brand new used clunker, praying that it will make it off the lot.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  90. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Politicians lie for one basic reason... to retain power. Weiner needs to resign now. He has shamed himself and his state. I would say that he has shamed his ideology, but liberals are shameless.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  91. lynnej in nc

    Because quite frankly it does given the politician involved. Since this guy is a Dem, he'll crash and burn. But if were a Republican, he could hang on till the next election.

    I mean look at Dubya after the 'weapons of mass destruction' lie. He and Cheney both should have gotten impeached for that one alone.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  92. Donald in New Mexico

    They know the attention span of Americans is short, and the media will jump to the next story as fast as you can. These days the news is sound bites. There is little investigative reporting anymore. There is little or no follow up on a story unless it is truly sensational, like sex,drugs or violence. The rush to get the story first has become more important than getting the facts straight.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  93. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Why do the 'media' people latch onto idiotic stuff like the Weiner "incident" and NEVER let it go, no matter how many times the person in question says:


    (Like poor Condit, who REPEATEDLY told EVERYONE in the media that he did not kill that girl!

    Yet the media hounded him mercilessly, just as you are hounding Weiner mercilessly!)

    Why not just stop? Why not stop at the point where Rep. Weiner said I DID NOT SEND THE PHOTO.

    Then use your investigative journalism skills to check if his answer was true. THEM, if you find that it was true, how about spending as much time letting everyone know he was innocent as you did crucifying him with absolutely no evidence!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  94. Bernie

    If he is doing what he is elected to do why should I care about anything else. Most of the time those who judge him have more to hide. You people act too much like saints when everyone of you have feet of clay. Americans are the most "prudish" (in the public eye), but are the ones most involved in sexual scandals.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  95. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Ah Jack come on now. We all know how it is in politics. Deny everything and demand proof. After all in America your innocent until proven guilty or caught which ever comes first. if people are not talking about you then they are talking about someone else. It is better to be remembered for bad things then to be forgotten if your a politician. Forgotten politicians do not get reelected.. The Weiner will rise to the occasion the more the media stimulates him.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  96. Fred in San Mateo

    If Weiner thinks avoiding the issue is going to work, he's probably right.
    I don't think we'll get to the bottom of this unless the police get involved, and apparently the Capitol police aren't going to get involved unless Weiner asks them to, and he's not asking. Forget about it.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  97. Frankie

    With examples right in front of us, of Wolf calling the story about Rep. Weiner a "scandal," and one of his interviewees saying that Weiner should have confessed, and yourself comparing something that didn't even happen (the letter didn't even get mailed) to major real scandals, do you wonder that he doesn't want to say anything in case he says one word wrong? This is a creepy bad joke. Is it going to become harder and harder for regular people to speak to members of Congress?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  98. steve - virginia beach

    The MSM has been complicit helping Progressives when they deny the obvious and engage in subterfuge. Why woud politicians expect the Progressive media to suddenly stop doing this after all these years?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  99. Steve from California

    Jack, most politicians are expert manipulators. They manipulate people for a living. When they're backed into a corner and manipulation is not an option, they do the only thing they can. That being the equivalent of a child closing their eyes and hoping the monster under their bed goes away.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  100. Patrick in Madison

    its easy! we have short attention

    Look! a Squirrel!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  101. Michael Hackensack, NJ

    Because they dont care and it doesn't matter in the end.

    Now the part about you saying the list is longer than you have time for?

    All you do is ask 2 questions and read a few answers each day for a total of 10 minutes in air time.

    Please stop talking about your lack of time!!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  102. Carlos, Puerto Rico

    Because 99 percent of the time it does.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  103. Michele

    Are you serious with your question? Because the media has the attention span of a two year old, if you deny it long enough something shiny will come up to take the heat off- Case in point when was the last time you heard anything about Japan??

    June 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  104. Ann

    You can't tell the difference between and honest man and a dishonest one? Well, I can and you should not comment in such a biased way. It is possible to hack an account – and that is obviously what happened. He is one of the few honest men left in Congress – and a lot of people resent that – apparently you are one of them.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  105. Canute Chiverton (Houston, Texas)

    Jack, you must have forgotten who they are! May I remind you that they are Politicians, thats why! You ask them "What time is it?" and they give you an answer about the weather! Now on to the next question.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  106. Bull

    JACK Remember the old saying how can you tell if a politician is lying. His lips are moving, so true.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  107. Kevin Mission Viejo, CA

    He underestimated the longevity of the fallout. He expected it to be BRIEF.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  108. Mike

    Think about that Jack, isn't that the first thing a crook says when he is questioned by authorities? They are politicians after all.

    Mike, St. George

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  109. Race Sorden

    In all honesty, I completely believe his story. As a regular user of social media, I understand what it can mean to be hacked and for silly things to be posted or sent to my friends and followers. It also does not make sense to me to get law enforcement involved. This is a prank, he wants to put it behind him. Let the man be.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  110. Ted

    They are politicians. That makes them professional deniers of the truth regardless of which party they belong too. This is the reason we need limited government. Not because society doesn't want to take care of itself and each others, but because those in charge are usually the most corrupt.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  111. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Wiener has risen to his level of incompetence. It's called the Peter principal Jack. Pun intended. He will have a hard time pulling himself out of this hole.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  112. Mark/ Honolulu, Hawaii

    While politicians maintain a heavy media presence, they're still people–they're always going to try to change the subject when they get embarrassed, it's easier than speaking the truth.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  113. Weldon from Fredericton New Brunswick

    They can't believe they were stupid enough to be caught.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  114. Fred Armando

    Why? Because it works. It has always worked. Unfortunately, the majority of the public has a short memory and when politicians evade and deny long enough, people tend to forget about the issue. And reporters don't help either. It is a rare thing to see on TV a reporter saying "Excuse me, Congressman... but you did not answer my question." So it is easy to blame the politicians for selling us bullcrap. But at some point we need to realize that they sell it because we buy it.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  115. Stephen Charchuk

    Slow news day, Jack? This is the sort of reporting I expect to see on FOXNews, not CNN. For shame. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar......


    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  116. ncyankee

    All politicians, lie, cheat, steal, and they think they are above everyone. So, naturally they think they can do things and get away with it and then the ugly stuff just goes away. Oh, don't forget FOX gives them a job.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  117. Henry

    Because the questions being ask are like "When did you stop beating your wife?

    By answering the question you are implying you did the deed.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  118. KC

    Ahh, it easier to blame a hacker. Everybody blames the hacker. Can we say morality out the window? tHIS MAN IS ABLSOULTELY GILTY. How in the world would you not recognize youe own underwear?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  119. Joey Basu

    He was right to call you "jackasses." Every additional minute spent on "Weinergate" means the terrorists have won.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  120. chuck (tennessee)

    Because they have the misguided belief that the American people will place their stock (if ever so briefly) in the words they use rather than the actions they take. The design of such a denial is to cast a fleeting shadow of doubt while the people who work for them scramble to uncover what really happened....if different.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  121. marcamp

    Loved your commentary...however, the reason these politicians behave in this matter is that the journalists that are supposed to be providing us the news choose the "favorites" while engulfing the rest in ofte biased coverage...it's to the point where one has to watch four news channel just to get an "unslanted" story. Witness the coverage of the former president and compare to the current president. We're now in three wars...and no one wants to admit that..we've tripled our deficit, and still no decent coverage..Our representatives play this game because the media has allowed it...and we keep voting the worst of the worst to "serve" us...One satisfaction, all accounts indicate the picture confirms the name!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  122. Margie, Columbia Falls, Montana

    Because politicians have an innate need to lie.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  123. Overby from Melbourne

    It's easy for anyone to think the press will go away, they only seem interested in the screetching Palins, lame Lohans and Sheens of the world. As soon as a moron ends up doing a moronic thing, the press forgets about real news...and there's always a moron out there....

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  124. Samantha Kahn

    When I first heard this story, I understood it the same way the Congressman had: it was a prank. He addressed the issue as such as soon as he discovered what happened and the media blew it out of proportion. I think the real issue here is the media's – and the public's – obsession with knowing all the gritty, personal details of the lives of politicians. Congressman Weiner has addressed this as a prank. The woman to whom the picture was sent has confirmed this as a prank. Why are we still talking about this?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  125. Jonny

    I know you guys are all circling ranks around your colleague, the Producer, but I have to tell you that he DID come across as an interrupting jackass. CNN *made* this a story. It is not a story. All CNN staffers who report on this should be required to reveal every message in their spam folder and certainly share every SENT message from anytime that they were hacked. I wonder how many Viagra sales pitches are in your Inbox Jack? Let It Go!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  126. Dustin M.

    Let me answer that with another question, Why does the media focus on this small, insignificant story when there is civil wars breaking out and natural disasters?

    This could have been a story if the women in question was a minor, but if you've logged onto the internet for more than 5 minutes, you would know that it is filled with your so-called "lewd" photographs from facebook to twitter and people who have nothing better to do than to make stuff up.

    Weiner did the only thing I would expect out of him, put out a statement and didn't want the story to get any more steam, CNN however had nothing better to report on it seems, shame on you, CNN, I would expect that out of the Faux News Channel, but not you!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  127. Patrick Campbell

    You have got to be kidding me. First you say he should have denied it yesterday; then you say he's ridiculous for thinking a denial would help. Pretty jackassed, wouldn't you say?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  128. fredrik wanger

    The issue is why on earth are you spending the majority of today's show about the bus trip of an ex Alaskan governor who is not sure which end is up and a tweet by Anthony Weiner that is not exactly on a par with Wikileaks.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  129. mike1010, Riverside, CA

    Jack; the answer is simple. Anthony Weiner, John Edwards and others think they are above the law, so they will get away with it. They seem to always forget they live in the great United States of America, where no is above the law. They just never learn.


    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  130. Halli, Ontario Canada

    Maybe because they're confident that something new and shiny will once again become the focus of the 24 hour news cycle. What? Tailing Sarah Palin across America isn't exciting enough for you?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  131. Nik Antoniou

    Politicians, like normal folks, deny allegations initially because their minds go through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief when in a crisis...denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  132. Kingsley

    Come on now, they think the allegations are just another "seasonal flu" that will go away with time. What a shame!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  133. Kingsley (Toronto, ON)

    Although engaging in unethical and out of character behavior for a married man is inexcusable, we must not forget that politicians are human just like us and are not moral figureheads to the rest of society. We have other issues worthy of media recognition. However, if a public official engages in such activity, they should expect to have their dirty laundry dragged out in the street.

    As they are after all, publicly elected officials.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  134. DaisyDeadhead

    Arrogance is the reason. They were elected; they must be God. And God can do whatever He wants. Humans with *large godlike egos* are most likely to be elected, and these are the same people given to massive superiority complexes. They are therefore highly offended when they are questioned in any way. After all, would you ask a deity to explain Himself?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  135. Faye Sard

    It has worked for these guys in the past. People don't let these things go now that we are "wiser". These men still have the "God Complex". They need to get real, and realize what they do IS being watched, and will be scrutinized by the public – especially their constituents...Faye Sard

    June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  136. Berni

    Why does it matter? What he does on his on time is his business. Seems like the "media" these days is only looking for any kind of "dirt" for a story.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  137. C. Howe

    Ego. Ego. Ego. Ego. Ego.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  138. David A Whitaker

    Jack I think politician need to be honest about things in their life. Also Jack the CNN producer was a Jack Ass, sometime reporter feel as though they can say or do anything to get a story. Respect goes both ways thank you


    June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  139. Les

    Jack, how perfect it is that the scandalmongering press criticize politicians' communication tactics while the press (as usual) shamelessly pursues a story. The congressman had already answered the accusation, and he wanted to move on. Your producer WAS a jackass . . . if he didn't believe the hacking story, then he should find contrary evidence and stop hounding a man who'd already made his statement.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  140. Betty Egger

    I see the Republican slime machine has managed to get this
    miserable story that Wiener sent a lewd photo to some girl on
    the Corporate media. First I believe Wiener when he said he
    didn't do it and that it is a typical distraction. I think CNN has
    better things to talk about.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  141. Max from Detroit

    Politically it makes no sense for him to have sent those photos from his twitter account. If he was trying to do something behind his wife's back, this was the most public way possible. He is smarter than sending photos from his own account and he has too much to lose. This is a none story.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  142. Rick

    Congressman's Weiner's calling your CNN producer a JACKASS was an insult... to Jackasses. Try reporting the news, rather than making it. And Wolf, your lecturing the Congressman on what to say when is equally inappropriate! The truth about the tweet will come out in due course. Keep your shorts on!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  143. Nancy B

    Maybe because they know that the media jackasses will spend all their time hectoring them like paparazzi instead of actually researching and coming up with facts like real reporters should.

    Only those employed by the media can be incensed at the congressman by that ridiculous "interview" yesterday.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  144. Diane - North Carolina

    In two words Ego Ego – There are politicians in this country who really are in it to put serving first. Unfortunately there are others who put Ego first and serving second. Covering their butt is, I guess, part of the number one issue, Ego.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  145. Cara Charles

    jack come on he thinks he can deny that he hasn't send the picture because he's a politician duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  146. norman hart

    congressmen and senators think they are above the law. in the case of hotdog (weiner), he has been asked several times why hasnt he called in the fbi> he says it is not a federal case?? really? makes you think that there is something to the episode he doesnt want to cover. now all he wants to do is say I AM INNOCENT!! my account was hacked. yes? really

    June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  147. Tim Genyk

    All the denial makes you wonder how many politicians get away with it without anyone ever knowing. Why else would they deny if they didn't believe that there was at least some chance of getting getting off scott-free?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  148. Private Citizen

    I'm not sure that only the politicians are egotistical Jack. seems to me that there is some presumptuous arrogance on the part of the media that your questions "must be answered". Says who? This is like a tabloid story, not a crime or a big deal until you made it one. The lady in question was not offended. Own up Jack, you all make the mundane sensational for viewership.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  149. CoaCoac1

    Jack,CNN was the first to report it, and CNN have already found him guilty,so I would think SEN Weiner's out burst about a Jackass was adequate for that moment, and why do you assume his guilty and need it to go away?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  150. Sterling

    Too bad this Weiner didn't rise to the occasion and answer the question, but Jack, like most politicians, they just don't know how to be honest.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  151. Maxwell, up in Harlem

    What's the alternative to not answering or dodging a question? Answering the question...with a lie or the truth. Politician's who are evasive are avoiding both. They can't lie because it will look worse when they get exposed. They can't tell the truth because that would be damaging. The remedy is obvious. Simply maintain their integrity while in office and knock off the shenanagins. Then they can answer any questions posed by any reporter or any jackass.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  152. Isabel from Bokeelia

    As a person whose Craigslist account was hacked (Chinese computer geeks listed ads in New York and Boston with my Craigslist account!) I feel for Congressman Weiner. Luckily, I caught it right away and deleted the ads. Like him, I don't want to talk about it. But hey – it's just too sophomoric: the guy's name is Weiner. Someone hacked into his Twitter to send a (minimally clothed, thank goodness) picture of his wiener? We should all just be cracking up about this. I guess the prankster is a poor speller but a fan of Oscar Mayer.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  153. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Perhaps theymistake current times for earlier times that had studies and statistics on what people may or may not notice based on just doing the things necessary for them to stay afloat. You know, back when a lot more people were gainfully employed. Now with 10 percent or so absolutely unemployed and another 15 percent underemployed, they have time to listen to the media, why not, can't dance !

    June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  154. Taxpayer

    Your question is biased and has 'assumed' that Weiner is guilty. What if he is not? Should you be penalized for maligning his reputation on CNN by asking questions like this? Of course not....you are the media, and you can ask any ridiculous thing right? The point is, anyone should be given a chance to prove his innocence. Until proven guilty, everyone is innocent. The CNN producer, like you, was asking the question with a bias, almost disrespectfully, and Weiner got ticked off, and made a mistake angrily. You media people are salaried in millions, by covering un-important stories like this....so you stick to these controversies like your bosses tell you to do.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  155. Chuck Flanagan

    Perhaps he was telling the truth! And that reporter was a jackass. He just kept interrupting after it was obvious that no further answer was forthcoming. You just keep yelling at someone until they get fed up with it, then they are the bad guy. What can't you just accept the answer. Oh, ratings!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  156. Jerry in St. Louis

    Jack, I'm shocked that you have to ask this question, c'mon!

    They are obviously trying to help the economy and save jobs.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  157. M. Hilton

    I think CNN is scraping the bottom of the barrel to keep running this story. I would have to say I think there has to be something better to talk about besides Mr. Weiner. He answered all your questions just because you don't beleive him isn't his falt. The question was asked repetedly as if the was a crimemal. I think the person that ask the same question over and over is just what he stated a jackass.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  158. sani

    easy jack, the american society is a denial one. it is unbelievable how quicky we forgot sarah palin didn't know what a US vice president does and today we are following her touring the country expecting her to say she is running for president.our politician know they can do whatever they want and get a free ride days after, they deny everything and we accept them denying us a better future

    June 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  159. Joy

    Because they're DELUSIONAL!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  160. Kevin T

    Not every politician accused of doing something embarrassing in public is actually guilty of it; this is as true for republicans as it is for democrats. Rep. Weiner is a social media junkie and I have a hard time believing that he would not have understood the implications of posting such a picture in a public feed anyone could have read; the examples of Clinton and Nixon are different because they happened behind closed doors and did not come to light until exposed by investigative journalists. Ted Barrett was clearly hectoring Rep. Weiner and he lost his temper; if CNN would like to prove him wrong they should perform their own investigation instead of expecting an answer to what should be clear was a prank.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  161. fred-tucson

    Is Weiner a weiner or are we all weiners for following Weiners weiner.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  162. eileen

    I don't know the truth here, but it seems the best solution would be to report the hacking of his account to the F.B.I. and stop with the John Stewart jokes. By this week-end we are sure to see a picture of
    weiner and the wife, hand in hand in strolling in Central Park.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  163. kabradley

    We have news media out there given bad information to there viewers. We have radio media just lying about information. We all remember what happen to Dan Rather. And like Colin Powell wife said no not to my family. When and where does it stop, even if you tell the truth you are guilty until proven innocence.

    Are you news makers the bringing the news or making it, if the latter then get a spot in the check out line with the other tabloids. Remember William Hearst got labeled "Yellow Journalist" for his story.

    Ever reporter can't be Woodward and Bernstein and most reporter are Jackass's ever really watch a White House Briefing?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  164. Wale, Baltimore

    Yeah right...like the media would leave him alone even if he gave them a straight answer. Like they would go, "It's a wrap folks, he said he didn't do it...nothing to see here"
    Then again, what if he isn't sure whether he did it?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  165. Gary

    Maybe the congressman was upset over reporters from CNN asking questions about his private life. Whether or not he did it, why do we, the public, or CNN care? Does this really have anything to do with his job or affect it in any way other than being interrupted by CNN and other reporters looking to feed the countries preoccupation with sexual matters, especially where public people are involved.

    When do we grow up as a nation and focus on things that matter and stop being so concerned with sexual matters? The country is about to go broke and we are focusing of some guy in his underwear. Let the man alone and maybe he will put his time to good use too solving real problems. If he called the CNN reporter a jackass, he just may have got it right.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  166. Gigi Oregon

    We really are not interested the wiener story. We are more interested in Libya the wars, the debt, and jobs for those unemployed. The rest is trash talk BORING...

    June 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  167. Kevin

    It's simple really. These self serving politicians think that we are all idiots and that we will buy whatever garbage they shovel our way. Guess what Jack, Americans are taking their smart pills for a change, and the smarter we get, the more these "public servants" look like the scoundrels they are.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  168. Jerry

    Wiener said his account was hacked. So why is CNN continuing to hound him about this? Because in the media you are guilty until proven innocent. Never, never, offend a media agent, because they are special agents entitled to say anything they want about you to millions of viewers or readers. They thrive on that power!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  169. Brad Worden

    Because he is a lying ,cheating egomaniac. In short a politician! They like and walk away smiling..........we dont do crap!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  170. Louis

    Representative Weiner answered your questions why don't you leave him alone. I hope Ted Berner is not continuing this story because the Representative called him a Jerk. Typical Corporate management reaction!!! Grow -up.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  171. Doug Copeland

    Doug – Baltimore

    Maybe because they know there will always be a Sarah Palin or a Donald Trump who will say or do something so rediculous that our attent.... oh wow, did you hear where Sarah is going next?!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  172. Troy

    Jack, I love CNN and watch everyday. However, I fully understand why he called him a jackass. News reporters act more like prosecutes and less like news tellers. They constantly dig and dig until a person lashes out. Denying an allegation should make it go away, but the prosecuting reporters wil not stop at that.
    York, PA

    June 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  173. Susan Geffen

    I don't know if Anthony Weiner has done anything wrong, and neither does Mr. Cafferty. But comparing him to politicians like Christopher Lee, Nixon, and Clinton–all of whom we KNOW were guilty as charged–is premature at best and unethical at worst. Innocent until proven guilty, Mr. Cafferty. And CNN, you're a news organization: people aren't always going to like you. CNN would have much more gravitas if it would accept that fact and not be so self-serving.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  174. Lynda

    Some Politicians have demonstrated a total disregard for ethical behavior since there have been politicians, even as far back as Julius Caesar. It almost seems as if they have to take an oath to become brain dead, instead an oath to represent their constituents in an honest and forthright manner. That they take us for such fools is most disturbing. Or did we bring it on ourselves by turning a blind eye to such poor behavior and lack of moral compass?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  175. KarenK

    I would take the word "Politicians" out of the question and use the word "people". It doesn't matter if you're a politician, journalist, doctor, lawyer, teacher, priest, etc., some people will lie their way out of situations because that's the only thing they know to do and it's worked for them probably all their lives. It works for good liars a long time but not always forever. There are more good people in honorable professions who are compassionate about making a difference and do make a difference, and we shouldn't let the ones that don't take away from that.
    I don't know anything about Weiner, but I find his behavior and comments about this situation coming from a guilty man, and I would say he's running scared!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm |