An El Dorado reader notes differences in handling wire copy on an important passage in the story about the resignation of Rep. Mark Foley. He takes both the Democrat-Gazette and the El Dorado News-Times. The D-G editing has the effect of reducing questions about Republican response to indications of impropriety with pages. There are more questions to come, particularly about a Florida newspaper's decision to sit on the story for months and about the Republican who indicated Foley's denials were investigation enough for him. (What would he say? "Yep, you caught me.") Here are the passages, you decide -- spin or just one of those edting things:
D-G VERSIONCampaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence. The page was sponsored by Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who said Friday that when he learned of the e-mail exchanges 10 to 11 months ago, he called the teen’s parents. Alexander added, “We also notified the House leadership that there might be a potential problem.” House Speaker Dennis Hastert said he had asked the chairman of the House’s page board, Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., to investigate the page system. “We want to make sure that all our pages are safe and the page system is safe,” Hastert said.
Meanwhile, another reader remembers Rep. Foley's comments on Bill Clinton's dalliance with a grown woman:
"It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."