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Monday, December 6, 2010
Is Newsmax Giving Mark Foley the Rehab Treatment?
Topic: Newsmax

A Dec. 6 Newsmax "Insider Report" item details how disgraced Rep. Mark Foley is "reportedly is considering a run for local office in Florida -- and he won’t rule out seeking a return to Congress." Only Newsmax doesn't describe Foley as anything close to "disgraced."

Newsmax states that Foley "resigned from the U.S. House in a brouhaha in 2006," continuing:

Foley, first elected to the House in Florida in 1994, resigned in September 2006 following disclosures that he had sent inappropriate and sometimes explicit messages to former congressional pages.

Multiple investigations concluded Foley had never engaged in improper acts with the pages.

Newsmax doesn't explain how something can be "inappropriate" yet not "improper." That also depends on one's definition of improper.

While it appears there's no evidence Foley engaged in sexual behavior with minors -- Florida eventually dropped a criminal investigation into the case -- he clearly engaged in sexually explicit email conversations with current and former pages and at least one former page claimed to have a sexual encounter with Foley, all of which is arguably both inappropriate and improper.

Newsmax's whitewash of Foley's past can only mean one thing: it's another rehab campaign.

As we've detailed, Newsmax has given the likes of Bernarrd Kerik and Ralph Reed a forum to promote their political agendas without having to be confronted with their unsavory pasts. Foley would certainly be a likely rehab candidate -- after all, in 2005 Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy donated to Foley's abortive Senate campaign two days before Newsmax published a flattering article about Foley.

Newsmax is clearly not above giving Foley the full rehab treatment. But it is really worth the time and effort to rehab someone best known for getting way too close to teenage pages?

Posted by Terry K. at 3:19 PM EST

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