Monday, October 02, 2006

OLD NEWS OF THE WEEK
Congressman Mark Foley horrified by possibility of nude summer youth camps (2003)

Gosh, it's funny what you find when you go scrounging around in the "morgue" (that's the old politically incorrect term for a newspaper's library of clippings and papers.)

In 2003, U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican expressed his displeasure about a proposal to open nude summer camps for teenagers in Florida.

Now Foley has resigned because he allegedly sent inappropriate and lurid emails to a teenage congressional page. Among the things he sought from the boy: A picture. .... but didn't he oppose teen nudity earlier?

This old 2003 article was from the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, which today admitted that it knew of these allegations against Foley last November but didn't report it. Why? Read their explanation here.

3 comments:

Chancelucky said...

Being one of those folks who'd love to see the Democrats take back Congress, I have to confess that one of my first reactions was "oh my, election year fodder."

Instead, I think all this just reveals the longtime cliche. The more you complain about something, the higher the likelihood that trying too hard to deflect suspicion from yourself.

It was true of Roy Cohn. it's true of Mark Foley. fwiw, Democrats get caught in these things as well. Gerry Studds (what a name) was caught in 1983 taking a 17 year old page to Morocco where it was "legal". Macgreevey, the governor of New Jersey was a Democrat.
That said, I do think it's more embarrassing when leaders from a party that condones so much anti-gay rhetoric get forced out of the closet of their log cabins.

It also makes me wonder what the shadow is for those who are so adamant about "protecting us from terrorists."

SingingSkies said...

Complete sidetrack here - Why is it politically incorrect to call the newspaper library the "morgue"? I guess I'm just being dense!

Ron Franscell said...

I have often erred by calling a morgue a "morgue," and I'm almost always being not-so-gently corrected that it's a "news library."

I recall calling a Boston newspaper morgue and being chastised by the prim lady on the other end of the line for using such a coarse term.

I think that the librarians have decided that they don't want to work in morgues because they are not ghouls, but professional librarians and therefore, it's a "library."

For example, this excerpt from an obituary at NewsLibrary.com: "Joe was a pioneer in news libraries. He fought for the transformation of the ‘morgue’ into a professional news library."