Just yesterday we said that Rep. Anthony Weiner was doing a pretty good job of responding to the flap over a lewd crotch photo sent via Twitter. In one day, he’s managed to negatively impact his own efforts with a bad press conference and an unwillingness to say whether he’s the man in the photo.
Weiner circled around some basic questions when faced with reporters yesterday (Why didn’t he contact authorities if he thought he was hacked? for instance) and said during an interview with NBC today that he “can’t say with certitude” whether the picture is him. Luke Russert also reports that Weiner called an NBC reporter a “jackass.”
During the interview today (Fishbowl DC has coverage), he maintains that the incident is a prank, says he didn’t send the photo, and says he’s hired professionals to look into the matter. A couple of PR pros suggest that if Weiner is going to continue to say he won’t talk about the issue, he shouldn’t, or just issue a press release statement. Maybe he should take a lesson from Gennette Cordova, whose statement here in the New York Daily News is clear, concise, and sincere.