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Anthony Weiner Under Investigation For Inappropriate Family Photo

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I keep going back and forth on this Weiner thing. Wait. Let me rephrase that.

I have qualms about this whole thing, because there are some privacy issues that nobody seems to be talking about. We don’t know how the NY Post got Weiner’s private information, or who this woman is. In the post-Gawker era, this baffles me. Is everybody just so fed up with this guy and his dong pics that it doesn’t matter how we get our fix of schadenfreude?

But there’s no avoiding the fact that this creep sent a stranger a picture of his own penis while his small child slept next to him. I have problems with how this information was made public, but now that it’s out there, it’s out there. We can’t ignore it. This little boy’s mom is going to be a high-ranking official in the Clinton administration*, and his dad is doing sick, bizarre stuff like this. If it’s possible that the child is in an unsafe environment, it’s of legitimate public interest.

Is this kid at risk? I don’t know, but it’s worth looking into. Vivian Yee, NYT:

Anthony D. Weiner confirmed on Thursday that the New York City Administration for Children’s Services has opened an investigation into his treatment of his 4-year-old son, Jordan…

Though The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the child welfare agency had begun looking into the matter, citing anonymous sources, Mr. Weiner told The New York Times the same day that he had not yet been contacted.

On Thursday, however, he said that the agency had left a bare-bones letter about the investigation at his mother’s house.

As if he hasn’t humiliated himself enough, now he has to go to his mom’s house to find out he’s being investigated by children’s services.

There’s a lesson here for all of us. No, most people with smartphones aren’t going to take pictures of their own genitals, let alone while their own children are in the frame. But you people shouldn’t be taking pictures of yourselves at all. If I ruled the world, I’d make selfies punishable by death. What good has ever come of it?

Believe me, I know.

Stop taking selfies. Just stop. Most of the time you’re not going to get the attention you crave, and if you do, it probably won’t work out well for you. Just ask Anthony Weiner.

On second thought, don’t ask him. Just leave him alone. If he wants to finally go away, let him. We can only hope.

*Hey, I don’t like it either. But the longer you deny the inevitable, the more it’s going to hurt.