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Weinergate Versus Obsessive Mark Foley Coverage.

Former Republican Congressman Mark Foley's vague sex scandal (no lewd photos, no specifics, apparently no physical contact; just that he sent awkward text messages to young male pages) in the Fall of 2006 garnered more news coverage in September and October of 2006 than terrorism and the war in Iraq combined. It was the issue, peddled by the establishment media, in the 2006 campaign.

Indeed, the major television networks filed 152 stories on Foley in less than two weeks. Compare that to Democrat Congressman Mel Reynolds, a convicted child sex abuser:

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Anthony Weiner benefited from this same establishment media double standard, as well:

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In the first 12 days of that story, the networks “flooded the zone” with 152 stories (55 evening stories and 97 morning stories or segments).

By contrast, Democrat Weiner’s weeks of trying to avoid resignation didn’t draw a similar flood. In the first 12 days of the Weiner scandal (from May 29 through June 9), the networks filed only 56 stories (just 11 in the evening, 45 in the morning).

This includes partial stories, like Brian Williams introducing the scandal in a disdainful 20-second brief near the end of the June 3 newscast, in the midst of a news potpourri from politics to actresses who’d died. Williams lamented it was “the kind of thing that used to be people’s own business.”

....

the networks were twice as intense on the Foley story, long after he resigned (152 stories in 12 days is more than 12.6 stories per day) than on the entire Weiner scandal up to the resignation speech (113 stories in 19 days is less than six stories per day).

[populist rant]Every tweet you make. Every Facebook update you post. Every blog post you write. Every video you upload. Every newspaper subscription you cancel. Every action you take to create content outside the establishment media echo chamber, and every moment you consume alternative content outside the unfair and unbalanced network and newspaper media sphere, takes us a step closer to ending these biased, elitist Thought Oligopolies once and for all. They. Must. Be. Destroyed.[/populist rant]

Posted by Will Franklin · 23 June 2011 02:51 PM

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