Overheard on CNN.com: Readers slam Weiner
June 7th, 2011
07:39 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers slam Weiner

Comment of the day:

"Don't pressure the Weiner. As soon as the story broke, with a last name like that, I would've resigned immediately."–DonQuijote33

Democrats turn up pressure on Weiner, rally behind ethics probe

Three main issues, along with many puns, have surfaced in comments on CNN.com stories about U.S.  Rep. Anthony Weiner's admission Monday that he had posted a lewd photo to Twitter, that he'd lied about it previously, and that he'd carried on inappropriate exchanges with several women he met online.

Readers took a stab at Weiner's seeming ignorance of social media's power to make anything public at a click of a mouse.

WebsterLong said, "Can someone tell me about any time in history where a man sending pictures of his most private of areas via the Internet has ever turned out well? Some people are so clueless it's frightening."

katiefacemom is not only upset that the congressman lied, she can't believe he sent such a photo via Twitter. "How, in today's world of social media ad nauseam can any elected official possibly believe they could get away with something as flagrantly stupid as this? Who cares what he tweeted. It's the lies that just cost him his career."

vertrep00 said, "Lying about his personal behavior on the steps of Congress is big news.  Tweeting like a rogue freshman in college, while serving in Congress, is even bigger.  I don't want this narcissistic frat-boy voting on my future or that of my children."

iReporters also submitted their views on the situation. iReporter TheVideoMan wrote, "If they were smart, these people would not share these embarrassing pics or videos thru social media. And when caught, the offender should admit guilt immediately and move on Рit's the lies that the American people will not stand for."

iReporter JOHNNYCOLT expressed his concern about the congressman’s social media use: "How is a man who does not have the skills to manage the clandestine activities of his own electronic affairs without the world finding out about it ever supposed to execute the duties of his office and survive the viper pit of modern day politics?"

New York voters divided on Weiner's future

Several commenters weighed in about Weiner's announcement that he would not resign from Congress.

"Do the brave thing, the right thing, Mr. Weiner. ... Resign," heresme said. "Your judgment is lacking.  You have lost your people's faith and trust.  Get on with it and do the proper thing. Your constituents deserve to close this chapter, and so does your country."

DionKraft said, "If you can't handle 'Tweets' and Facebook, how can you be qualified to run the government? If you can't handle your life, how can you handle others'? RESIGN."

"I am one of his constituents and he has always been great in the past," viewer58 said. "I can't get past his lies and stories. I think he should resign."

Several people who said they were Weiner’s constituents said they feel that what he did was not illegal and the actions should not force him from office.

maxemoose36 wrote, "He's one of the best representatives that NY state, let alone the country, has. When he does something truly illegal, I'll consider not voting for him."

Thoughtocrat said that Weiner did do wrong, but that his actions in Congress supersede the controversy. "I am your constituent, Anthony. You have my support. You have done a lot for NY, for your constituents, for this country. What you did was stupid. You are not a hormonal teenager. So, behave yourself."

tet1953 said, "These calls for resignation are ridiculous if you ask me.  It was a stupid thing he did yes, but apparently no laws were broken.  He has paid a high price already.  Yeah, I know he lied.  Out of embarrassment.  A personal matter.  Not like he lied about anything remotely related to his job and responsibility to his constituents."

Martin: Weiner's lies, not tweets, did him in

Many readers are not upset about the photos as much as they are about Weiner lying to the public. A number of commenters agreed with CNN Opinion contributor Roland S. Martin, who argued that Weiner was wrong to lie.  But some readers did not agree with Martin's assertion that Weiner shouldn't resign.

Swearengen said, "It is all about the lie.  I couldn't possibly care less about him (or anyone for that matter) e-mailing their naughty bits to one another.  That makes for some exciting sexual tension РI get that.  I don't get why you would have to lie about it."

diver923 said, "…the lies are what I find most troubling.  He didn't even know who he was sending these images to!  He lost my vote and I think he should resign."

timpura said, "I think we need to start asking this question of all our politicians – If he (she) can lie so easily about something like this, what else can he (she) lie about?"

GailScottt, a constituent of Weiner’s, said, "Yes, he should resign. He was busted, he lied about it, blamed it on a hacker, and led us on a wild goose chase for days. He should resign and save his family further embarrassment."

iReporter KCRep said: "What I care about is the lying, when you get caught doing something that you KNOW you did, why make it so much worse by lying about it?  Come on Weiner, you only had this press conference because you know you got caught.  Admitting something after lying about it for days and days to the media is only trying to save yourself from further problems."

Post by:
Filed under: iReport • Overheard on CNN.com
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. sandyk

    I wonder when I hear about people lying in instances like this, is this part of the `fight or flight` reaction and just raw survival instincts or just plain arrogance?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      The congressman should stay. It's no one's business to look into his personal life when his behavior was not criminal. The media vulture care just about their headlines. The more scurrilous the news, the better, right?

      In Europe politicians don't have this problem. Probably because the electorate realized a long time ago that sticking to puritanical ideal gets them bad leaders and crappy results. Bill Clinton was hormone and just remember how well our economy was doing when he was president. George W. Bush was all about family values and look at where we are today.

      Whenever someone tries to stick his nose in your personal life, you instinctively try to defend it. You try to protect the people you love. How many of you would have acted differently if you were in the congressman's shoes?

      June 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyNYC

      There is no way that the congressman should remain in office. When did the standard become, "well, as long as he didn't break the law..." That there may be no criminal charges does not mean that he shouldn't have to resign. He is an idiot. He is a moron. He is a halfwit. I don't want such a dunce to represent me! If someone doesn't understand that everything they post, store, or send online will eventually be public knowledge, they don't deserve to be in elected office.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    "Overheard on CNN.com: "READERS SLAM WEINER"

    One must admit: CNN has some twisted headline writers.

    Or maybe it's just my mind that's twisted.....

    June 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey'sTawdryTalesOfConquest

      @banasy: No it's CNN's writers. Where do you think I got all my colorful expressions from? Ever watch a kid's movie from when you were younger? Loaded with innuendo. Most of us are products of our environment.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Oh where to BEGIN ??between slamming wieners and rock snot I cant imagine....

    June 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Whered everybody go ?was it something i said ?my breath ?

    June 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    It was the rock snot thing ,wasnt it ?

    June 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Guess Ill just go eat worms then,alone,by myself.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Anthony's Weiner Posts
    Anthony Weiner – Why do you waste my time like this.

    -This Just In-
    Hey Anthony – You'll never guess what I packed in my lunchbox today.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kazz

    i'm far more upset with the hypocrites blowing this out of proportion than with anything he said or did

    June 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    While all of us as kids played hide-and-go-seek. Privledged Anthony got to play hide-the-wei-.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeremysb

    just saw spitzer interviewing someone about the Weiner scandal on CNN.com... c'mon CNN....really!? hahaha

    June 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. common sense

    He should resign because he is too stupid to be in Congress.
    Also, he obviously doesn't understand that we need leaders with their head in the game (economy), not you know where.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maggie Picot

    This man needs to resign and go for treatment, I believe he is seek not only put on jeopardy his position,but the embarrassment on his newlywed bride. Take a lesson from prior don Juan who are or were politicians. Why men in this important position do what they do and during working hours woww. Resign pal and go hide under a rock and get cure.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big Man

    Weiner is an internet predator, the very kind we warn our children about.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    300 million people and we get this genius. Another political hack more interested in his dick than the country. He needs to go quickly. I am a democrat and he is plain stupid. The country deserves way better than this idiot.....

    June 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • marinela

      I agreeeeeeeee!! another narcissitic man!! first stupid, thinking that he could put privated pictures on line!! second a lier!!! not smart I don't believe we can have this guy in the governament, go away!!

      June 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steven Solberg

    What's all the fuss? His real mistake was elaboaratively lying and attempt at covering it up. " The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft intered with their bones" – "William Shakespear Let's not throw him all the way under the bus. He's one of the good guys! Fighting the good fight for the middle class and working poor and elderly and sick etc. etc. etc. Let's forgive and forget and put our puritanical nonsense on the back burner and get on with the really importatn battles!

    June 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5