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Friday, October 6, 2006
Drudge's 'Prank' Claim Countered; Will ConWeb Notice?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Both NewsBusters and WorldNetDaily were quick to report Matt Drudge's claim yesterday that, in WND's words, "the lurid AOL instant messages that led to Republican Rep. Mark Foley's resignation were part of an online prank that mistakenly got into the hands of enemy political operatives."

But this morning, TPM Muckraker reported that the attorney for the congressional page that Drudge accused of pulling the "prank" on Foley called Drudge's story "a piece of fiction," adding, "There is not any aspect of this matter that is a practical joke nor should anyone treat it that way."

Will NewsBusters and WND tell their readers about this development? They haven't yet, and the day's already half over.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:16 PM EDT

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