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Congressman Mel Reynolds, the Democrat convicted of 12 charges, including sex with 16-year-old Beverly Heard and asking her to take pornographic photographs of a 15-year old, was indicted on August 21, 1994. ABC, the current scourge of congressional teen-sex scandals, reported nothing – until Reynolds was convicted a year later, on August 23, 1995. In fact, on May 13, 1994, ABC featured Reynolds in a "Person of the Week" speaking out in favor of two Chicago ladies fighting child molesters:



Somehow a blog manages to scoop the ABC Brian Ross story about the Mark Foley page scandal by five days and yet the MSM remains remarkably incurious about that blog, Stop Sex Predators. So how did a relatively unknown blog come to be the recipient of messages from House pages complaining about Foley? If you read the MSM you will get very little information about this. However, in the October 1 edition of The American Thinker, Washington, D.C.



One aspect of the Mark Foley scandal that hasn't gotten a lot of coverage is how the story even became one at all. The first public source of the story was an obscure blog called Stop Sex Predators which seemingly was started with the express intent of outing the GOP congressman's sex life.

How did such a small blog with no readership manage to score such a scoop? Its owner refuses to say. He/she/they has posted this message:

Maybe I'm not so happy that so many people are coming to this blog site.

I'm not interested in media interviews. Thank you for your interest, but if you were doing your job to begin with, Mark Foley would have been exposed a long time ago. Instead of wanting to do a story about this blog, how about covering the fact that the media sat on this story for over a year. You're as bad as the Congressional Leadership that covered for Foley.



Weeks ago, CNN's Jack Cafferty pushed theory that oil company execs were driving prices down.



Today's starter: Patrick Frey (better known as Patterico in the blog world) has been doing a series of interviews with a military nurse who was stationed at the Gitmo prison for accused terrorists. In today's interview excerpt, the nurse talks about how detainees there commit violence against U.S. personnel and that the guards and they, not the staff, are the ones who have desecrated the Koran.

So why haven't we seen this kind of journalism from the liberal media? Are they really more willing to take the word of terrorists and their sympathizers over that of the American serviceman? Or is it just that prison abuse is a more sensational story? Or is it ultimately about being suspicious of Gitmo staff because their commander in chief is a Republican?

Related: Gitmo detainees have gained weight while in U.S. custody.



It appears that OPEC member states are worrying about the slumping price of oil. Venezuela and Nigeria have already cut back on production a bit but there's talk of an emergency meeting soon.

But so far, not a peep from the broadcast media. See my article at BusinessandMedia.org.

And don't hold your breath for CNN's Jack Cafferty to see a Democratic conspiracy to hike oil prices in time for the election.



MRC president Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News to discuss the Foley scandal and the calls for Speaker Hastert to resign.

Bozell was asked if Hastert was being "demonized by the media."

Watch the video clip and post your reaction.



NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tim Russert continued their pile-on of Denny Hastert and the GOP overall, on this morning’s Today show. Still pushing the Mark Foley story, Lauer and Russert noted how Republicans were running away from Hastert and cited Bush’s declining poll ratings in a new NBC poll. In the 7am half-hour Russert ticked off the negatives for Republicans:



The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday (hat tip to Drudge) that House Speaker Dennis Hastert is determined to fight calls for his resignation concerning the Mark Foley scandal, and blames the mushroom of attention on this issue on ABC News, Democrats, and billionaire George Soros (emphasis mine):

When asked about a groundswell of discontent among the GOP's conservative base over his handling of the issue, Hastert said: "I think the base has to realize after a while, 'Who knew about it? Who knew what, when?' When the base finds out who's feeding this monster, they're not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros."

Hastert indicated that a former president may also be involved in the smear campaign:



When you think about it, Mark Foley's mess isn't really his fault. The blame is rightly laid at the feet of those repressive Republicans - and the Catholic Church. That in a nutshell is the thesis of a column in today's Boston Globe, The gay problem in the GOP by David Link, described as a writer and attorney in Sacramento and member of the Independent Gay Forum.

On the one hand, Link doesn't hesitate to second the view of Foley's communications with the pages as "sick" and "disgusting." Link even alludes to Foley as a "degenerate." But nowhere does Link seek to hold Foley responsible for his own action. To the contrary, here is Link's seminal conclusion:

"But what can one expect from denying grown men -- and women -- a normal, adult sex life?"



In The New York Post, terrorism expert and journalist Steven Emerson protested that CNN and Newsday warped the views of Republican Congressman Peter King on an Islamic group, and how they want to blame 9/11 on a Zionist conspiracy instead of al-Qaeda:

THE media is engaged in a jihad against Rep. Peter King - a jihad in defense of Islamist extremists.



Well folks, Bill Maher is at it again. While being interviewed Wednesday on CNN by Wolf Blitzer, Maher stated that torture in Iraq is worse now than when Saddam was in power, and that Democrats aren’t hypocrites when they get involved in scandals because they aren’t the virtue party. Along the way, Maher nicely bashed Bill Bennett and Rush Limbaugh. All in all, this is what Bill Maher would refer to as a good day’s work (video link and transcript follow).

The first juicy tidbit occurred when Blitzer suggested that Saddam was a thug, to wit Maher responded: “Yes, but you know what? Now that we've found out that the torture levels are actually worse now than before...”

Next up on the menu, virtue according to Bill Maher:



ABC news mistakenly released the IM identity of the page who exchanged IM messages with former Rep. Mark Foley. Bloggers Wild Bill from Passionate America and Ms. Underestimated tracked the AOL profile from the unredacted IM message and are reporting that the person is a 21 year old Deputy Campaign Manager for Congressman Ernest Istook in Oklahoma.



According to CBS Evening News host Katie Couric, a Monday installment of its "freeSpeech" segment, which espoused a strong conservative viewpoint, could be viewed as "repugnant." The issue was discussed on tonight's episode of The O'Reilly Factor (Wednesday, October 4, 2006).

In light of Monday's shooting at a Pennsylvania Amish school, CBS invited Brian Rohrbough, the father of a victim of the 1999 Columbine school massacre, to speak on "freeSpeech."

Quite simply, Mr. Rohrbough delivered a powerful and thoughtful editorial. His commentary is a must-read/must-see (link (with video)). Among other things, Mr. Rohrbough said:

This country is in a moral free-fall. For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value.



Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to the first George Bush and advisor to the younger Bush on intelligence, says in a statement released to the AP that Bob Woodward made up quotes in his new book, "State of Denial: Bush at War."