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Monday, September 5, 2005
Touting Martinez
Topic: Newsmax
"Mel Martinez Touted as Bush’s Next Supreme Court Pick," reads the headline on a Sept. 5 NewsMax article. But the only entity touting Florida senator Martinez is NewsMax, anonymously citing "a good source."

NewsMax has a long record of touting Martinez. It endorsed him for the Senate seat after NewsMax editor Christopher Ruddy's personal favorite, Mark Foley -- to whom he donated money, followed shortly thereafter by positive NewsMax articles -- dropped out of the race.

NewsMax was a very self-congratulatory mood today. In addition to the Martinez piece, it confused anonymous speculation for actual news in claiming that it had the "scoop" back in July that John Roberts would be named chief justice.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:56 PM EDT

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