Breitbart publishes risqué photo, claims it’s Anthony Weiner’s wiener (UPDATED)

By David Ferguson
Saturday, May 28, 2011 18:59 EDT
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Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Government” website has published a racy photo that it claims was Tweeted by New York Representative Anthony Weiner to an unnamed recipient.

Weiner has claimed that his Facebook account was hacked and that, while the photo did appear on his Twitter feed, he did not send it. The photo shows a man’s erect penis outlined in a pair of tight boxer briefs. Today, Breitbart has been taunting Weiner via Twitter, claiming that he has “much more” scandalous material to reveal.

The story was published late Friday night/Saturday morning by an pseudonymous contributor to “Big Government”, under the byline “Publius”. Breitbart’s media enterprises have had serious credibility issues in the past, including questions surrounding the ACORN “sting” carried out by conservative prankster James O’Keefe and the selective editing of a speech by former USDA official Shirley Sherrod.

UPDATE: An analysis by this website suggests that the screen-grab Breitbart’s site posted as ‘proof’ is a fraud.

(Ed. note: This update has been edited for clarity.)

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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