Two years ago at this time, you could not open up a newspaper or turn on a TV newscast without learning about the follies of then-recently disgraced (& then-recently) former Congressman Mark Foley. That Florida Republican had been sending sexually explicit Instant Messages to male House pages.
Now, we learn that Tim Mahoney, the Democrat who won Foley’s seat in Congress, paid “a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him.” The affair begin “in 2006 when Mahoney was campaigning for Congress against Foley, promising ‘a world that is safer, more moral.’”
So, why is it that we don’t get wall-to-wall news coverage of the Mahoney scandal?Â The Democratic House leadership knew about it before the story broke this week.Â And here, there is hush money, something absent from the Foley scandal.
Is it the gay angle that made the Foley story so sensational?Â Or did MSM merely use the story to advance their narrative about the hypocrisy of gay Republicans?Â Or was it that pesky little (R) after Foley’s name, but not Mahoney’s?
Methink the explanation is that last one, given how little attention the MSM has paid to various Democratic scandals this year, including that of another Florida Democrat, Robert Wexler and of New York Democrat Charles Rangel. Not to mention the fundraising shenaningans of the Obama campaign.
Why is it that the MSM only get into high dudgeon when the scandal involves Republicans?
I guess it’s up to us bloggers, like Gateway Pundit who’s been all over this story, to go where the MSM refuses to tread.
UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin builds on this theme (below the “jump”):
First, you won’t find a better example of the different treatment which Democrats and Republicans receive from the MSM. The Mahoney scandal isn’t receiving any â€œtop of the showâ€ or â€œabove the foldâ€ coverage even for one day. Compare that to the wall-to-wall coverage that blanketed the airwaves and newspapers for weeks regarding Mark Foley, the Republican congressman who represented the same district and sent inappropriate e-mails to a male page.
Read the whole thing!