Thursday, October 12, 2006

How Bad Is Your Media? Foley Edition

Media Matters has collected the top ten myths that the media has been spreading regarding the Foley Scandal.

They all just happen to be helpful to Republicans.

* Democrats and their allies orchestrated the Foley scandal as a political dirty trick.

* Hastert did not learn about Foley's alleged behavior until September 29.

* Alleged Foley emails that House Republicans possessed were merely "overly friendly".

* Foley scandal has not affected voters or Congressional races.

* Hastert and the GOP leadership forced Foley to resign after they learned of the lurid instant messages.

* Gay Men are More Likely Than Heterosexual Men to Sexually Abuse Children.

* Kirk Fordham's Claim that Hastert's Office Told About Foley Before 2005 is Uncorroborated.

* Hastert "Took Responsibility" for the Foley Scandal.

* Conservative Evangelical Voters are Particularly Outraged by Foley Scandal.

* Upon Learning of Emails, GOP Leadership or Rep. Shimkus Told Foley to End All Contact with Pages.

* CREW Withheld Emails and Other Information From FBI, Congressional Leaders.

* A "Velvet Mafia" on Capitol Hill Knew of Foley's Alleged Behavior and Protected Him from Public Exposure.


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