Friday, September 29, 2006


A Question

Will the national media hound Mark Foley the way they hounded Jim McGreevy? Or will they just let him resign in peace and leave it at that?

This WP article doesn't even once allude to the fact that Foley was outed as a closet case years ago. This is even though the rather salacious text of the e-mails -- written to a minor, mind you -- has been released to the media:

Hours earlier, ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts. The full details will be included in a report tonight on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.
Next week I'll do a Google search to see if Foley's improper contact with a child -- who disapproved of his advances ("sick sick sick sick sick" was how the boy phrased it) -- gets as much attention from the press as did the outing of Jim McGreevy's affair with a fully-grown adult staffer.

Will the media make 1/1000th the fuss about Foley pursuing a relationship with an unwilling underage male former page as they did about a legally adult female former intern pursuing a relationship with Bill Clinton?


To me the big question is how so many prominent Republicans palled around with Foley without noticing anything.
Charles, that's exactly the point Jon Aravosis makes here when he points out that Dennis Hastert knew about all of this nearly a year ago, as it was happening -- and did nothing.
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