Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Oops! O'Reilly (Three Times) Mistakenly Calls Foley A Democrat

On three occassions last night -- during two "news" segments" -- Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor showed video of former Rep. Mark Foley with the tagline "Former Congressman Mark Foley (D-FL)."

No wonder surveys show that those who rely on Fox News Channel are woefully misinformed when compared with those who rely on more balanced media sources, such as PBS or NPR.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least its not as bad as having an X across your face. I mean come on, so Fox News are "woefully misinforming" because of a typo? You libs really know how to reach.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Ditto said...

Anyone that thiks this is a typ.o has swallowed the KoolAid.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a typo, and Hannity is a closet liberal.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

The Associated Press has committed this error as well. Referred to Foley as a Dem in its story about James Dobson.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top 10 Democrat Sex Scandals in Congress
Information compiled from the Washington Post, “Congressional Sex Scandals in History,” and other sources.

10. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

9. Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990.

8. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

7. Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

6. Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

5. Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.

4. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

3. Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms.

2. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

1. Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

1:53 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

The Republican obfuscation in bringing up the "Top 10 Democratic Sex Scandals in Congress" does not excuse in any way what Foley did nor lessen his alleged crimes.
So why bring them up?
And if you must, wouldn't it be fair to include Republican sex scandals beyond Foley.

A link to Foley's "Child Protection" website, reportedly
www.votervoice.net/groups/foley,
now leads to a blank page that says: "Sorry, you have attempted to access a site that does not exist or is no longer valid."
I think a similar claim could be made for Republican's self-imposed authority over Democrats on morals and family values.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Whoop4467 said...

As I have stated before, the repukes doing this is not a dumb blunder, but a very calculated lie.

They know that a mjority of repukes do not read or listen to other news oulets and are therefore easily lied to.

Want a better understanding as to why, read John Dean's new book: "Conservatives Without Conscience"?

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Wrarg. Must blame Democrats. Democrats bad. See scandals grawrrf grasfafwfff Democratrs liberals Soros blah blah blah...

12:54 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Mark Foley was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Republican. Although according to Wikipedia he began his political career as a Democrat, he spent most of his political career as a Republican:

"At the age of 23 Foley was appointed to the Lake Worth City Council as a Democrat. After some failed bids for higher political offices, he switched parties in the 1980s [6]. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1990 and to the Florida Senate in 1992."

It was very careless of whomever it was to get Foley's party affiliation wrong in the graphic, but I highly doubt it was intentional.

They removed the graphic when it aired later that night. For the sake of accuracy, O'Reiley really should set the record straight on his show tonight.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

It was very careless of whomever it was to get Foley's party affiliation wrong in the graphic, but I highly doubt it was intentional.

I doubt it also. Though they got it wrong over the weekend as well.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

O'Reilly didn't say anything on last night's show. Fox News removed the party affiliation in the repeat, rather than fixing the mistake.

The show, btw, is not live. It's taped. So between the time of the original mistake and the time the show was aired, conceivably the show's producers, if not O'Reilly himself, should have caught the error.

There's a famous psychologist who made a career out of seeing what you want to see. Let me explain:

Say you're nervous about something and, while walking down the street, you see out of the corner of your eye a street sign saying "Police Raid." Then you look at it more closely, and you realize it says "Peninsula Road."

Your mind plays tricks on you, this psychologist believed, reflecting your emotions.

Anyway, maybe the O'Reilly crew -- out of fear, anger, paranoia, etc. -- was so upset by the Foley scandal and the effect on the Republican Party, that it screwed up Foley's party affiliation.

Or maybe they did it intentionally, hoping the audience wouldn't realize. I hope not.

5:43 PM  

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