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Steyn and The Los Angeles Times

Sunday, October 8, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

After paragraphs of grin and grimace-inducing prose, Mark Steyn closes with blow to the chest:

This last week is unbecoming of a mature democracy. In the wider world, America can survive being the Great Sa- tan, but not the Great Laughingstock.

How low can MSM go?

How about a front-page, above-the-fold Los Angeles Times’ story about Mark Foley having sex with a 21 year old former page who told his story on the condition that he not be identified:

A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until later to make direct advances.

The former page, who agreed to discuss his relationship with Foley with the Los Angeles Times on the condition that he not be identified, said his electronic correspondence with Foley began after he finished the respected Capitol Hill page program for high school juniors. His sexual encounter was in the fall of 2000, he said. At the time, he was 21 and a graduate of a rural Northeastern college.

“I always knew you were a player but I don’t fool around with pages,” declared one instant message from Maf54, a screen name Foley used in exchanges that have become public involving male former pages.

Does this story advance the Foley story at all?  Or does it simply telegraph MSM decision to report sexual liasons between Congresspeople and staff, present or former, above the age of consent? Does the paper think it is scandalous that a middle age man is bedding a young adult man?

This bizarre story has jumped the shark and will turn decisively against MSM and the left this week.

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