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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Is Newsmax Now Rehabilitating Fossella?
Topic: Newsmax

Has Newsmax found another subject for its yet-to-be-proven conservative reputation rehabilitation program?

A Feb. 1 Newsmax article (and accompanying video) is dedicated to the views of former Republican Rep. Vito Fossella on. The article describes Fossella as "A popular congressman who served five terms," and in the video, anchor Ashley Martella describes him as "the only Republican in Congress from New York City" who "had very high scores for his votes from the American Conservative Union," and even touts rumors that he might run again.

What Newsmax and Martella don't mention is the scandal that forced Fossella from office in the first place (and explains Fossella's eagerness to shoot down Martella's suggestion he would run again anytime soon).

In May 2008, Fossella was picked up for drunken driving outside Washington. This ultimately led to the revelation that Fossella had a mistress in Washington (who picked him up from jail after the DUI arrest) and fathered a child with her. It was only after that became public that Fossella decided not to seek re-election. Fossella ultimately served two weekends in jail on the DUI charge.

Newsmax failed miserably with its attempted rehab of Bernard Kerik, and its rehab experiment on Ralph Reed is unproven. Is Newsmax really ready to take on the task of sprucing up another disgraced conservative?

Posted by Terry K. at 9:07 AM EST

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