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Anthony Weiner's interviews haven't ended the silly story.

OnMedia: This is what happens when your name is Weiner


It's clearly not a surprise to Anthony Weiner that he's the focus of a silly prank. After 43 years of bearing the surname "Weiner," the Democratic congressman from New York is used to it.

"You know, when you're named Weiner, that happens a lot," Weiner told Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. With a name like Wolf Blitzer, the CNN correspondent likely understands.

If you haven't followed this one (no matter how hard it is to ignore) a photo showing a man's underwear covering a man's privates was sent out to his Twitter followers. He told Blitzer – and other reporters as he made the rounds – that he didn't send it out.

"This seems like it's a prank to make fun of my name. You know, when you're named Weiner, that happens a lot. I've got 45,000-some-odd Twitter followers, hundreds of people that I follow. This seems like a prank that has gotten an enormous amount of attention."

But this prank – it's not a scandal, it's not really anything – has stretched on for days, powered by TV news channels. Part of the lifespan of this "story" can be blamed by the Memorial Day weekend news vacuum, when this was pushed by Andrew Breitbart, a professional troublemaker on the right.

Weiner's first attempts to brush off the story, without directly addressing it, also helped prolong things.

Even in addressing it, he sounded like a lawyer (or Bill Clinton) in not directly denying that it's his privates under that underwear.

"It certainly doesn't look familiar to me, but I don't want to say with certitude to you something that I don't know to be the certain truth," he said. It was one of those silly and maddening sentences that only makes Weiner look like he's hiding something.

But, again, this isn't a scandal.

If Weiner is hiding something, it's something about nothing, lending a "Seinfeld" quality to this bit of early summer silliness.

That sitcom flavor is reinforced by the connection of Weiner's old college roommate, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart (yes, really, his roommate), who came back from a vacation Tuesday night to take on Weinergate.

Here's his take:

Stewart in Milwaukee: Speaking of Jon Stewart, the Riverside this morning announced an appearance by the comedian on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets, priced between $45.50 and $65.50, go on sale Friday, June 10 at noon.

On TV: NBC says the season finale of "The Voice" will air June 29.

  • Speaking of NBC, EW.com reports it's bringing back "Fear Factor," suggesting it could return to the network by next summer.
  • FX is moving the final season of "Rescue Me" from Tuesdays to Wednesday nights. That farewell season starts July 13 at 9 p.m.
  • NBC's failed sci-fi series, "The Event," could be revived by NBC-owned Syfy.
  • Time Warner Cable's "Sports32 Roundtable" is looking for a viewer to be a guest with Dennis Krause and be featured on a new show "Talking the Talk." If you're at least 18, you can send an email to sports32@twcable.com explaining – in 150 words or less – why you'd be a good guest on Time Warner's Channel 32.

The new "Teen Wolf": MTV has high hopes for its reboot of "Teen Wolf," launching it at 10 p.m. Sunday, after the "2011 MTV Movie Awards."

It's even posted the first eight minutes of the show – targeting "Twilight" fans – to pump up the interest. Here's the video:

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alwaysrocking | June 7, 2011 at 10:58 a.m. (report)

Tim just stay away from politics, you made yourself look foolish. Your liberal bias shined through on this one.

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dwood520 | June 6, 2011 at 10:07 a.m. (report)

Hacked account? Give me a break! I can see how someone may get your password, but how would they get a photo off of your computer? He obviously sent this, thinking no one else could see it. It couldn't have happened to a bigger jerk!

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ChateauDweller | June 6, 2011 at 9:23 a.m. (report)

What a ridiculous analysis. Not a scandal? Every passing day makes it more likely Weiner will be finished. Tim, I'm sure it will pain you to see it, but the Big Blogs will be proving that the distinguished congressman has been on an ongoing relationship with a young woman who is not his wife....dirty pictures included. No story here? Please.

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tommcmahon | June 3, 2011 at 4:04 p.m. (report)

"But, again, this isn't a scandal." Yep, nothing to see here folks. Move along now. No wonder the Old Media continues on its Death Spiral. Sad.

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TosaJim | June 3, 2011 at 12:58 p.m. (report)

sorry, I meant Democrat.

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