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On Tim Mahoney, Mark Foley and Media Bias

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?  The Democratic House leadership knew about it before the story broke this week.  And here, there is hush money, something absent from the Foley scandal.

Is it the gay angle that made the Foley story so sensational?  Or did MSM merely use the story to advance their narrative about the hypocrisy of gay Republicans?  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 “top of the show” or “above the fold” 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!



  1. Of course having that R next to his name made the Foley story so attractive to MSM. But I wouldn’t discount the Gay angle here. For all their claims of being accepting, I find that the Libs are so happy to accuse anyone and everyone else of being homophobic. When in actuality I think many of them are uncomfortable with gays – so it is very easy for them to project it onto the evil Republicans.

    Comment by Leah — October 14, 2008 @ 6:52 pm - October 14, 2008

  2. Didn’t Mark Foley spearhead the passage of a law about sex crimes with minors and the Internet? Don’t get yourself all contorted trying to figure out some made up puzzle when the details of the story–or ‘follies,’ as you call them–are right there.

    Unless you’re playing the victim game again.

    Comment by jimmy — October 14, 2008 @ 7:31 pm - October 14, 2008

  3. I think it’s simply that the national press [and their readership] expects repubs to hold higher standards than dems. It’s a reverse discrimination thing, maybe, but to a news editor it becomes more of a “dog bites man” story when a GOP office holder proves to be human. And it’s sort of expected – so not really newsworthy – when democrats turn out to be crooked or “a little wild”. It is just their nature. Snicker, snicker, yawn. But what do I know?

    Comment by 49erDweet — October 14, 2008 @ 7:33 pm - October 14, 2008

  4. Of course, this discussion isn’t helping Michelle (My-Belle) Obama and her children. 😉

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 14, 2008 @ 8:10 pm - October 14, 2008

  5. Didn’t Mark Foley spearhead the passage of a law about sex crimes with minors and the Internet?

    Where were the “minors” in that kerfuffle?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 1:12 am - October 15, 2008

  6. In 2006, the former 10th Congressional Representative from Pennsylvania, Don Sherwood, was also involved in an elicit and sleazy sex scandal. It didn’t get national coverage, either. The Foley story was a national story because it involved congressional pages in the US Capitol. It’s a national program. Of course, the gay angle added to its sensationalism, no doubt.

    Comment by Erik — October 15, 2008 @ 2:50 am - October 15, 2008

  7. Shortly after the Foley kerfuffle, there was a story on Glenn Beck about pages screwing each other, breaking curfew, getting involved in criminal mischief etc. The question was raised about how much better the liberals were doing with their “oversight”.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 4:38 am - October 15, 2008

  8. The Only Person Who Matters Is Guess Who. Me?

    Your Democratic Party: Supporting unrepentant terrorists, cops who taser 10 year olds, and politicians who pay off their mistresses.

    Comment by V the K — October 15, 2008 @ 10:13 am - October 15, 2008

  9. Hey, this could all be solved if America’s Speaker Nancy Pelosi would pick someone with impeccable credentials, a kind of elder statesman, who would be the House’s Ombudsman for Sexual Mores… he could oversee the safety and education of the House Pages, interns, etc.

    Maybe Bill Clinton? He’s probably the most likely Democrat when people think “ethics”, “interns”, “sex”.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 15, 2008 @ 10:15 am - October 15, 2008

  10. I read recently that the messages between Foley and the page were not sexually explicit. Also, my understanding was that the page was a legal adult (correct me if I’m wrong).

    Comment by Morowbie Jukes — October 15, 2008 @ 7:23 pm - October 15, 2008

  11. Florida Democrat Tim Mahoney Had Two Ongoing Affairs?…

    As if being married wasn’t enough, Tim Mahoney had not only one affair with someone working in his office, Patricia Allen, but had a second affair at the same time. If he had all this time on his hands to juggle his affairs, where did his constituent….

    Trackback by A Blog For All — October 15, 2008 @ 9:28 pm - October 15, 2008

  12. People! Remember the Double Standard! If a Democrat has Actual gay sex with an Actual minor (Gerry Studds) he stays in office for 30 years. If a Republican has pretend sex with a non-minor (Foley) he’s gone.

    Comment by Richard R — October 15, 2008 @ 10:16 pm - October 15, 2008

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