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Did Rep. Frank Toot On Air?

The Daily Caller‘s media writer Jeff Poor today writes on Rep. Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass.) appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow program last night.

It’s the audio that weighed most on Poor’s mind.

In his short piece Poor suggests that Frank may have passed gas on air. Asked if any ethics discussions on writing that a congressman potentially “let one rip,” as he put it in his piece, Poor replied, “No ethics issues raised as far as I can tell.” He told us that his colleague, CJ Ciaramella, phoned Frank’s office and left a message. No response was forthcoming.

Even HuffPost‘s Sam Stein noticed the story: “Daily Caller reports out whether Barney Frank farted on TV, best line: “Frank could not be reached for comment,” he wrote on Twitter.

We, of course, listened to the footage and a sound can be detected, but no, we would not bet our lives that this was a gaseous Frank on the loose as opposed to an audio mishap. Did it happen? You decide.

UPDATE: We grilled Ciaramella about phoning Frank’s office. He explained that he left a message to confirm a quote. So no mention of the er, purported wind? “No, I just asked to confirm a quote, which, y’know, is pretty much the truth,” he told FishbowlDC. ‘I didn’t think I’d get a return call if I asked straight-up:”Wondering if Rep. Frank farted on-air last night. Holler back.’” Asked whether he personally believes the congressman passed gas or not, he said, “Now, I’m an objective journalist, so I can’t speak to the veracity of the alleged fart. I’ll leave that up to the readers. I will say I’ve
watched the video many times, and it’s hard to determine. Rep. Frank
could have good recourse to the ‘it was the chair’ defense.”

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