For those of you who somehow haven’t heard, Rep. Mark Foley, R-FL, recently resigned his seat after he was caught trying to seduce teenaged boys. There’s a scandal brewing because apparently the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, knew about this and tried to cover it up. (And much of the Republican leadership as well)
Watching people try to spin this is just fascinating. First Foley checked himself into alcoholism treatment at an undisclosed location. He then revealed (via his attornies) that he had been abused as a child by a priest. (The relevance of this is dubious, but I suppose it’s meant to explain why he’s doing this and how he’s really a victim?) Then he revealed that he’s gay, which was apparently no secret within DC. (So we now have the spin of “blame the priests, blame the alcoholism — which is a disease, he’s getting treated for it, don’t worry — blame the fact that he’s gay and not really one of us”)
But apparently, that wasn’t odd enough. So over the past few days of news coverage, Fox News decided to take a slightly different tack:
They repeatedly started referring to him as a Democrat. Typo? Nope, they have it written out in full, too, and apparently are running analysis of it:
(More links from , including vid clips)
I know that some news outlets have been fairly liberal with stating that “the President’s policy has always been X,” even in the presence of old tape archives showing them saying the opposite. (Ari Fleischer got into some particular trouble for this towards the end of his tenure, but never anything serious) But this is really going a little far, no?
(Hi, Trotsky. Hi, Yezhov. You’ve got company.)