Drudge's "Prank Gone Awry" Story Labeled "Fiction" By Page's Lawyer
Matt Drudge's "report" yesterday sounded so pleasing to desperate conservative ears:
DRUDGE: According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, said he goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats. ...
And conservatives ran with the story. Suddenly, conservatives were running over one another to say that the entire Foley scandal was just a giant prank, and wouldn't Democrats look silly once the truth came out.
The story never made any sense, of course. Foley (R-FL) wouldn't have resigned because of a prank. The Republican leadership wouldn't have created a circular firing squad over a prank. The House Ethics Committee wouldn't have issued 48 subpoenas because of a prank. Republicans far and wide wouldn't have started calling for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to step down over a prank.
And lo and behold, it became clear the "prank gone awry" story was just another conservative myth -- just another unsubstantiated tale from the fantasyland known as the Drudge Report.
According to the Oklahoman: Edmund's attorney, Stephen Jones, disputed as “a piece of fiction” a report on a widely viewed Internet site, Drudge Report, that Edmund’s exchanges with Foley were a prank by the page.
“There is not any aspect of this matter that is a practical joke nor should anyone treat it that way,” Jones said.
Should we be surprised that Drudge would post falsehoods?
Don't forget, while most conservative pundits were dredging up lurid tales of Democrats from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, it was Drudge who decided to blame the victims:
DRUDGE: You‘re not going to tell me these are innocent babies. The kids are egging the congressman on.
Just another conservative myth from the fantasyland known as Drudge Report.