Weiner Confirms Sending Private Messages to a 17 Year Old Girl; MSM to Dig Deeper Into Story After They’re Finished Spell Checking Sarah Palin’s Emails From 5 Years Ago; Update: More Calls to Resign — Update II: Weiner Refuses to Pull Out, Requests ‘Leave of Absence’ for Treatment

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Hey, do you think the New York Times and Washington Post can ask a few of those readers they’ve enlisted to sift through Sarah Palin’s emails (an effort that’s going nowhere, by the way) to help Breitbart and Patterico as well as Michelle Malkin and others get to the bottom of the story of a member of US Congress sending several messages to a 17 year old high school girl?

The girl’s mother got a visit from Delaware police investigating Weiner’s messages.

The New York Times is doing what has become a pattern among the dinosaur mainstream media, which is following up on news that bloggers are breaking about public figures:

Representative Anthony D. Weiner said on Friday that he exchanged at least five private messages on Twitter this spring with a 17-year-old Delaware girl who became an admirer of his after hearing him speak during a high school trip to Washington.

Mr. Weiner’s spokeswoman, Risa Heller, did not provide copies of the messages, but said they were not inappropriate.

“According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent,” Ms. Heller said..

Anthony Weiner has proven to be a beacon of truth and integrity, so let’s just believe his account and move on.

Read the rest of the story though, because Weiner was almost certainly trolling for another “prick pic” victim. Weiner’s spokesman said the messages “were not inappropriate,” but also put yourself in the shoes of the girl’s parents and ask yourself if you would have thought it was appropriate or not.

What do you want to bet that Anthony Weiner has the gall to say, “You see, things like this are the reason I sponsored the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act!”

Actually, I can’t believe Weiner never thought to take the Pete Townshend approach and claim he was simply doing research so he could improve subsequent legislation intended to safeguard the Internet from people like, well, Anthony Weiner.

In other Weiner news, yet another woman was in contact with him. She wrote to Weiner, “this week I have been extremely hot for you.” Are we talking about the same Weiner?

Weiner also reminded her that he’s busy because “I’m a very important man.” A common trait among political pervs is that these idiots always think they’re indestructible and have a pitifully over-inflated sense of their own self-worth.

Update: A “weekend Weiner dump” is under way. Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others are now calling on Weiner to resign. So what took these “staunch feminists” so long? (Rhetorical question… don’t bother answering…)

Update II: What a pitiful human being:

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well,” Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement released this afternoon.

If this doesn’t fly he’ll probably request time off under the Family Leave Act because his wife’s pregnant.

Seeking treatment would imply a disorder of some sort? So what’s the clinical name of the disorder that makes you take pictures of your d*#k and send it electronically to random women?

I’d intended to cover other topics today, but Weiner just isn’t letting me.

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