10.04.2006

complicit

Further to our discussion and debate on the media, and whether or not they bear some responsibility for the ignorance of much of the US public...

Both the St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald knew about Florida Representative Mark Foley's sexually explicit emails with teenage boys - but didn't report on it.

The FBI knew in July, and several Republican Congresspeople knew as early as 2005. (New pages were apparently warned about Foley for years.)

Their motives for keeping this quiet are obvious. But two Florida newspapers?

This is the same Miami Herald whose reporters accepted bribes from the US government to plant disinformation about Fidel Castro.

9 comments:

redsock said...

How about this from Brad Blog?

Fox's O'Reilly Factor just covered the Mark Foley (R-FL) issue in two different segments, one of them with a page who says he received communications from Foley, and another with Ann Coulter.

Never mind the content of either segment for now. Incredibly, during a total of three different cutaways to video footage of Foley, he was labelled at the bottom of the screen eachtime as "(D-FL)"!

Three different times. In two different segements. Each cutaway about 15 seconds or more. Showing Foley as a DEMOCRAT. Amazing.


Brad has screenshots.

Brad notes -- at 2:04am PT -- that he "just watched the second late-night rerun of O'Reilly, and indeed, the evidence goes down the memory hole as Fox removed the mis-labelled chiron entirely from their later broadcasts without explanation!"

James said...

But two Florida newspapers?

Florida -- the land of Jeb Bush & Katherine Harris. :)

doug said...

I was in Florida 5 years or so ago for business and was there for 6 weeks...I couldn't wait to leave I disliked the whole experience from the in your face tourism to the fact I could not find a newspaper in the whole state worthy of reading, and then the unbridled blind patriotism it was like I was in the movie the Truman Show...it was surreal...It's not high on my list of places to return to...

L-girl said...

Florida? Geez, I have family there and I'll never go back. We've been for Spring Training, and I'm glad I did that, but if I never step foot again in Florida it will be just fine with me.

I'd also like to note that my family there are Democrats, hate Bush, hate the war, support abortion rights, free speech, freedom of religion, same-sex marriage and many other liberal ideas. And they know plenty of other people like them. Even in Florida. We are everywhere.

doug said...

here is a quote from the owner of the web site that exposed Foley

"My plans are to remain anonymous for the foreseeable future," the Web site's owner wrote in an e-mail. "I've been getting threats from folks and will no longer allow the posting of comments on the website. I can't believe the anger out there for exposing a hypocritical sex predator."

as a outsider it's stuff like this that disgusts me, whether your political affiliation is republican, or democrat how can you stand up for this guy and then become angry at the individual that disclosed this info...

I should clarify I met a lot of great people while I was in Florida and yes a lot of democrats but they seemed to be muted not individually but rather by the mind-set of the "general public"...in that to attack the government, speak your mind was unpatriotic it was like they resorted to whisperings at a bar as to speak out loud I am democrat and am for same-sex marriage, support abortion, and the death penalty is wrong, you had to definitely look around and make sure you were in like company or it could lead to a interesting situations(as I personally found out)

L-girl said...

as a outsider it's stuff like this that disgusts me

Doug, it disgusts a lot of people, millions of Americans are disgusted, too. You might not hear their voices (though you can, online) but they're out there.

doug said...

yes I do get it on-line but in the states that would seem like the only place you can get it, but the voices need to be louder and in these next mid-term elections we will see how well they were heard....everything from the NSA, lack of WMD'S, to Cheney, Rumsfeld seem to be falling on deaf ears...Bush down to 35%...in Canada if Harper were low in the opinion polls it would transmit to defeat for him and his pary...in the states that's not always the case..these mid-terms will be interesting...

L-girl said...

but the voices need to be louder

I'm sorry to sound flip, but: duh. Of course. It's very difficult and complicated. I shouted myself hoarse and was never heard.

See if you see any news about the massive protests planned for today - in US media.

L-girl said...

Also Doug, in Canada they count all the votes. Whatever happens in the US mid-term elections, you can't trust it to accurately reflect the will of the people.