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Gesturegate Continues

scalia.jpg Looks like I was a bit premature yesterday in declaring "case closed" on gesturegate. Peter Smith, the photographer who snapped the pic of Scalia for The Pilot says "It's inaccurate and deceptive of him [Scalia] to say there was no vulgarity in the moment." Smith also says Scalia accompanied the gesture by saying "Vaffanculo!", which is apparently an Italian expletive that is pretty darn close to what Dick Cheney told Pat Leahy to do to himself in the Senate last year.

If Scalia got caught making an off-color gesture while trying to be funny, fine - though he probably shouldn't have publicly chastised the reporter, even if her coverage was ridiculously over the top. I still find all of this fuss to be amusing, though if you read the column Ron Cass wrote for RCP this morning you'll see there's more to the media's obsession with Scalia than just fun and games.