October 7, 2006

Know your Foley Follies facts

We in the reality-based community often have to gently remind our Republican brothers and sisters that what they're told and instinctively repeat makes no sense whatsoever and has nothing to do with underlying facts of a matter.

We know from long and unfortunate experience that whenever Republicans get exposed as crooks, liars, cheats, scoundrels, perverts, adulterers, thieves and con men, they're quick to get out and try to muddy the water with BS to divert attention from their misdeeds. Phoney terror alerts is a fave too.

The Republicans have been exposed once again as slimeballs, so as usual, to paraphrase the old country tune, it's lying time again.

The next time you hear some cable news bubble head or one of the army of right wing shills who eminate forth like winged monkeys every time another Republican crime is exposed trying to accuse Democrats of strategically planting the Foley story for political reasons, (since that would excuse what Folley did and the inaction by Republican leadership, right?), stand up and call bullshit.

Read this from The Hill....
The source who in July gave news media Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) suspect e-mails to a former House page says the documents came to him from a House GOP aide.

That aide has been a registered Republican since becoming eligible to vote, said the source, who showed The Hill public records supporting his claim.

The same source, who acted as an intermediary between the aide-turned-whistleblower and several news outlets, says the person who shared the documents is no longer employed in the House.

But the whistleblower was a paid GOP staffer when the documents were first given to the media.
... and this quote found near the bottom of a piece in the New York Times from the ABC reporter who broke the story, Brian Ross.
ABC News had its first account several days later on its Web site.

Mr. Ross said he was surprised by how quickly the congressman’s office confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail messages, first when ABC reported them on Sept. 28, and again a day later when confronted with much more explicit exchanges.

Mr. Ross dismissed suggestions by some Republicans that the news was disseminated as part of a smear campaign against Mr. Foley.

"I hate to give up sources, but to the extent that I know the political parties of any of the people who helped us, it would be the same party," Mr. Ross said, referring to Republicans.

Anyone who still thinks the Dems are behind this are misinformed dupes.

And seriously, is the Republican base SO stupid that they'll swallow Hastert saying that the media, the Democrats, Bill Clinton and George Soros somehow conspired to make Foley a pervert and forced the Republican leadership to know it and appoint Foley to head a child endangerment committee and stand by while he had close contact with underage pages and do absolutely NOTHING about it??

I mean, they must be mindless gobs, or why would The Neckless Wonder try to trot it out? He knows they'll pick it up and run with it. They'll swallow ANYthing. I mean, FOX has already identified Foley as a Democrat for hours on their air. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find some right wing dupe who still believes he is. (Hell, a lot of them think they found WMDs in Iraq, that Sadaam attacked us on 9-11, and that Bush is a "man of God."

And it should be noted that even though it's been proven and reported that the source of the Foley story was most definitely a Republican, CNN, MSNBC, and of course FOX all have had both reporters and guests repeating the charge that this is nothing but a dirty Democratic campaign trick hundreds of times and show no signs of stopping.

Sadly, in the world of cable "infotainment", in the competition between a good story and the truth, the truth barely stands a chance.


At 10/07/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

It has not been commented on very much, but as you point out CNN and MSNBC are now almost as bad as FOX at repeating Republican talking points without pointing out that some of them have been proven wrong.

At 10/07/2006 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The miss reporting came when they across the board reported that Foley was e-mailing under age pages while they were pages. The first we then hear is the page was 18 and had been a page two years earlier and was 18.

At 10/08/2006 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Bush claims to be guided by God. I think that history will show that it was only Rush Limbaugh doing a Wizard of Oz routine, behind the curtain, that guided him on Iraq.

At 10/08/2006 11:31 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

One incredibly fact about this is that, due to laws he himself pushed for, Foley may have broken the law by soliciting sex over the internet with 16 years olds, BUT, if he had actually had sex with them, it would be perfectly legal, as the age of consent in D.C. is 16.
So you can have sex with a 16 year old and it's perfectly legal, but you'll go to jail if you convince them to do so over the net.


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