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Shock Jocks Use Dirty Trick to Publish Dirty Photo

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Well, it’s out there. Most of us knew it would be sooner or later, and probably sooner.

The photo depicting what is supposedly the private parts of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has been published online. At least, a photo of the photo.

And it’s because of radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony, who had Andrew Breitbart as a guest on Wednesday.

Breitbart, who has been claiming that he had the photo, also said that he wouldn’t release it unless Weiner launched a “jihad” against him. That decision, he said, was designed to protect Weiner’s family.

Opie and Anthony managed to get Breitbart to show them the photo, which he displayed from his phone.

In any case, Brietbart told them not to show it anywhere, but after he left the studios, the two hosts realized that cameras in their radio studio would have recorded the image.

So they sprang to action, grabbing a still from the camera that shows the phone displaying the photo, and tweeted it.

Breitbart says he was “mortified” that the photo was released, and called it “a complete violation of trust.”

I find that laughably ironic, considering that Breitbart’s possession of the photo — and the additional fame he is receiving for having published less graphic photos on his websites — originated through a complete violation of trust of the women with whom Weiner had the online exchanges.

Appropriate exchanges or not, those photos weren’t sent to the women so that they could distribute them. Breitbart capitalized on the existence on the photos, booking time on a series of talk shows because he had the shot, a shot he should never have had to begin with.

And if the photo was so inappropriate for public consumption, and he intended to not publish it to protect the man’s family, why would he show it to anyone, especially people connected with the media, where a camera might be anywhere around?

Turnabout is always fair play when everyone’s in the wrong.

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  • Not for nothing, but if all the Congressmen and women involved in sex or other scandals were caught and had to step down, there’d be one or two of the very oldest left – and dig deep enough, they’d have to step down for wrongs committed in the 60s or 70s.

    The Europeans are accustomed to their leaders having wives and concubines. They mostly shrug it off. They are not prudish or interested all that much in the sexual proclivities of their leaders. They realise that people in power are likely to have more than one person attached to them. Maybe we need to adopt that attitude – instead of letting good leaders go just for doing what everyone else is doing but hasn’t been caught – yet.

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