In what one of The New York Times' own editors
is calling an ironic twist considering the subject, the newspaper's website briefly posted a story Monday about the fate of the women who received racy text messages and photos from Anthony Weiner before removing it.
The story, titled "For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers," was written by Times political reporter Michael Barbaro. Currently, the link to where the story once appeared
contains a production note reading, "An article was posted on this page inadvertently, before it was ready for publication."
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A Google search of the article shows only a few lines left in the cache:
"Customers still taunt Lisa Weiss."
"'Talk dirty to me,' they joke. 'We know you like it.' Colleagues still refuse to speak with her …"
Weiss is the Las Vegas blackjack dealer who was one of Weiner's online acquaintances.
Another sentence that shows up in Google News searches says, "For those on the other end of Anthony D. Weiner’s sexually explicit conversations, the episode damaged careers, disrupted educations."
Weiner was a New York congressman when the sexting scandal forced him to resign in 2011. He first claimed his Twitter account had been hacked when photos of his crotch — behind underwear — showed up on his account. The husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, he later admitted to having online relationships with six women over a three-year period.
The Democrat currently is running for mayor of New York, with polls showing him in second place.
No one at The Times will give any details — not even to the paper's public editor. Margaret Sullivan, whose duties have her working "independently, outside of the reporting and editing structure of the newspaper," writes in her blog that there appears to have been a miscommunication among Times editors.
"Some thought the article was ready to go, and sent it on through the editorial production cycle. At least one other editor — higher up on the food chain — disagreed about its readiness and did not intend it to be published, at least not at that point," Sullivan said.
Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said only that the article was published inadvertently. When asked by Sullivan if the article would eventually appear in The Times, Murphy said, "We don’t discuss stories in advance of publication."
"Such are the hazards of digital misdirection, as Mr. Weiner found out," Sullivan said. "It couldn’t have happened to a more appropriate story."
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