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Megyn Kendall Cherrypicks Good News For Republicans In Foley Scandal Polling

Reported by Ellen - October 10, 2006 -

No longer advocating on behalf of the Duke lacrosse team, Megyn Kendall turned her remarkably biased reporting to the Foley scandal last night (10/9/06) during a Hannity & Colmes news break.

Harris Faulkner introduced the report by saying that Mark Foley was confronted “years ago” about his emails to pages. Rather than dwell on that unpleasant fact, Faulkner asked a non-sequitor. “Now the question is, how the Foley fallout will affect the November elections.”

Kendall reported that Jim Kolbe, R-AZ, was the Congressman who confronted Foley. Kendall immediately mentioned that “there is no evidence yet that Kolbe brought his concerns about Foley to the attention of any Congressional leaders.”

Then Kendall continued with good news for the Republican Party. “The latest Newsweek poll shows 65% of those surveyed say the Foley scandal will not influence their vote on election day. 27% say it may. In the face of those numbers, GOP leaders see this scandal for now as Foley’s problem.” A clip of David Winston, identified as “GOP Pollster” followed, saying, “There’s a distinction between Mark Foley and who he is versus what the Republican party is.” No opposing view was provided for balance.

But Kendall overlooked some numbers from that same poll that, at the very least, modify the picture she painted. For example, Democrats are more trusted than Republicans (42 to 36%) to handle moral issues. 43% say Dennis Hastert should resign his position as Speaker of the House, and 52% think he was aware if Foley’s inappropriate conduct and tried to cover it up. And a CNN poll taken a few days later reports that 52% think Hastert should resign.

In contrast to Kendall, the Chicago Tribune summarized the situation in its headline, "Polls Show Drop In Support For GOP Candidates."

Three independent polls released on Monday demonstrated the political damage that congressional Republicans and particularly House Speaker Dennis Hastert have sustained since a GOP congressman's sexually explicit electronic messages to underage pages were disclosed late last month.

...Two of the polls, those by CNN-Gallup and ABC News-Washington Post, showed that between 52 and 64 percent of those surveyed believe party leaders deliberately tried to cover up the wrongdoing by Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., who resigned last month. And three-quarters of the country consider Republican leaders' handling of the affair inappropriate, CNN-Gallup said.

While voters say such issues as the Iraq war, terrorism and the economy are more important to them than the handling of Foley's lurid electronic messages, polls show a sharp drop in public support for Republican congressional candidates.