Thursday, October 12, 2006

Media Matters Presents... A Special Report: Debunking the Foley Myth Machine

From Media Matters...

The scandal surrounding the sexually explicit electronic communications former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) allegedly sent to underage former congressional pages -- and the House Republican leadership's alleged cover-up of Foley's behavior -- have produced a wave of misinformation. To aid members of the media in covering the scandal, Media Matters for America has compiled a list of the top myths, falsehoods, and baseless assertions surrounding the controversy.

Table of Contents
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

VIDEO / LINK: A special Media Matters for America report: debunking the Foley myth machine

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-Mr. Joseph

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