As Rep. Anthony Weiner’s alleged crotch-shot dominates the news, information on possible motives to deface Weiner’s credibility are surfacing under the radar. And as it appears, Weinergate just might be a smear campaign executed by conservative activists looking to defend Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
For months, Rep. Weiner has prompted Thomas to disclose the money his wife, Virginia Thomas made working for Liberty Central, a political organization that has openly opposed President Obama’s health care reform agenda. According to Weiner, Mrs. Thomas’ political affiliations put the justice’s impartiality on the bench in question.
Details of Virginia Thomas’ salary and other payments were disclosed Friday night as the press and most Americans prepared for the Memorial Day weekend.
The timing of Thomas’ disclosure quickly became ammunition for Weiner, who made it a point to shed light on the hush-hush disclosure via twitter, hurling numerous tweets at #ConflictedClarenceThomas.
The tweets read:
“Pretty crazy that the Scout does a pre memorial day Friday dumping of its financial disclosure forms. #ButImOnTheCase”
“#ConflictedClarenceThomas dumps his conflicts forms on Friday before memorial day. #AhFreshAir”
“Spouse of #ConflictedClarenceThomas has every right to work for whomever, but he must recuse himself.”
A day after Weiner waged his assault, political pundit Anthony Breitbart broke a story on his site Big Government of a lewd picture sent to a 21-year-old college co-ed from Weiner’s Twitter account. The picture of an unidentified crotch, was sent to Breitbart from Twitter user @patriotusa76 as a screenshot, which @patriotusa76 said he captured reading Weiner’s feed moments before the tweet was deleted.
Breitbart ran with the photo and the story took off, while Thomas’ disclosure became an after thought. Weiner defended himself by claiming his Twitter account was hacked, but his claims have yet to be substantiated.
Breitbart himself is no stranger to controversy having made waves in the news media last year when he posted a video clip that alleged Shirley Sherrod, a USDA official in Georgia admitted to discriminating against a white farmer.
Sherrod said at a NAACP banquet:
“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland,” Sherrod told the crowd. “And here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land.”
“I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do.”
Conservative seized on the comments, while critics accused Breitbart of turning a full-length speech into a soundbite that provided little or no context of what Sherrod had actually said. Consequently, Sherrod resigned her post at the USDA.
As far as Weinergate, pundits and conspiracy theorist are probing deep into the coincidence. The liberal website The Daily Kos published a story with evidence they claim proves Weinergate is a conservative-led smear campaign.