NYDN Error to Blame For Weiner's "Sexting Now" Controversy

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 31 2013 1:42 PM

Daily News Error to Blame For Weiner Controversy (No, Not the Big One)

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Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, stands in a storm damaged home while meeting with residents in Staten Island whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy on July 26, 2013 in New York City

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It turns out yesterday's chapter—or at least the first one—in the ongoing disaster that is Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign was the result of a faulty transcription by the New York Daily News, and not the latest example of the Democrat's rather questionable PR strategy. As you may remember, Weiner watchers (note to self: come up with a better term), myself included, spent yesterday talking about how the disgraced-congressman-turned-disgrace-mayoral-candidate remained noticeably silent when asked by Daily News columnist Denis Hammill whether he was still sexting. Here's the snippet as originally published:

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Q: There is no one you are sexting now?
A: "You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends but what we're talking about is over a year ago."
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Turns out, however, that's not exactly how the exchange in question played out. Here's the NYDN's updated transcript, which shows Weiner giving a much more direct answer:

Q: And it was over a year ago? There’s been nothing else?
A: "I mean, oh yeah, all that stuff is behind me. You can quibble about you know, beginnings, middles and ends, but it was basically a year ago."

The Daily News has added a "clarification" to the online version of its story that reads, in part: "In an interview with Anthony Weiner in Tuesday’s paper, a question posed to the mayoral candidate and his answer were transcribed incorrectly." So there you have it. Anthony Weiner says his online sextcapades are behind him. Of course, that doesn't tell us a whole lot.

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