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August 12th, 2013
10:33 PM ET

Ben Smith on his interview with Anthony Weiner: "He sure didn't seem happy to be there"

On the heels of an exchange that was at times honest, at times combative, at times odd, but fascinating throughout, on Monday evening Ben Smith joined "Piers Morgan Live" with impressions from his own interview with Anthony Weiner.

Having sat down live with the mayoral candidate in the initial New York installment of "BuzzFeed Brews," a widely successful interview series that – until this evening – had been conducted entirely in Washington, D.C., Smith obtained a solid good feel for Weiner's current state of mind, politically and otherwise:

"He sure didn't seem happy to be there, he didn't feel like he was out there trying to make people like him, which is the name of the game," noted Smith, Editor-in-Chief of "BuzzFeed." "The primary is on September 10th. If he was going to drop out, he probably would have dropped out already. His best bet of getting in there is a series of debates that start tomorrow. So no, I don't see any clue that he would drop out."

Referencing one of the interview's more notable moments, Piers Morgan asked his guest about a question marrying technology and temptation:

"This was one that I thought was a brilliant question, it could only have come from someone who runs something like "BuzzFeed," with all the tech geek know-how that you have," noted Morgan, as he prepared to roll a video from the sit down with Weiner. "This is about 'Snapchat.'"

In the clip, Smith asks his guest about a particular choice in mobile phone application:

"The one question that I got most from 'BuzzFeed' staff, and the internet, was why not use 'Snapchat,'" asked Smith, referencing the video-sharing software which deletes photos only 10 seconds after they're opened.

On the heels of his most-recent sexting scandal, Weiner admitted to being stumped:

"I don't have a good answer for that."

Watch the clip for the rest of Morgan's interview with Smith, including the portions where the pair detail the precise workings of "Snapchat," which resulted in the "Piers Morgan Live" host remarking "they [photos] disintegrate completely into the ether, untraceable." For the next edition of the primetime program, watch CNN every evening at 9.
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