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A Democrat Did It, Why Can't We?

Reported by Janie - October 17, 2006 -

During last night's "Special Report" (10/16) host Brit Hume used his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment to compare the current (Republican) Mark Foley scandal to that of Gerry Studds, a Democrat also involved in a page sex scandal in 1973.

Hume quoted prominent Democrats that supported Studds' work through the years, in an attempt to tie those Democrats to the scandal, while using the "they did it too" argument and neglecting to mention that the page involved in the Studds' scandal was actually age of consent under the law.

Under a banner reading, "Censured but Reelected" Hume attempted:

"Former Republican Congressman Mark Foley resigned in disgrace after revelations of his lewd computer messages to a former house page became public — and has been universally disavowed by the GOP.

But a Democratic congressman who actually had a homosexual affair with an underage House page and remained an honored figure within the party right up until his death Saturday is being praised as a 'pioneer' for gay rights."

Comment: While Studds' was entirely inappropriate as Foley's was, it should have been mentioned in honor of the "fair and balanced" spirit Fox claims, that the "underage House page" was legal under the law at the time.

Wikipedia explains it fairly:

"Studds was a central figure in the 1983 Congressional page sex scandal, when he and Representative Dan Crane were censured by the House of Representatives for separate sexual relationships with minors – in Studds' case, a 1973 sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male congressional page who was of the age of legal consent. The relationship was consensual (which made it legal, in accordance with state law), although very unprofessional of a politician, presenting ethical concerns relating to working relationships with subordinates."

Hume continued, "Former Massachusetts Congressman Gerry Studds was censured for his actions by the House in 1983 — but he never apologized — in fact defended the relationship — and was re-elected six times. Congressman Barney Frank said Studds gave people 'the courage to be who they are.'

Ted Kennedy said Studds 'changed Massachusetts forever and we'll never forget him.'

And Congressman William Delahunt said 'even now, his legacy is alive and well in the halls of Congress.'"

Comment: Hume, a member of the "personal responsibility" party is using the tired "well, you did it too" argument, despite major differences in the cases. While Studds' actions were inappropriate, his actions do not give a right for Foley to walk in his footsteps, as Hume is implying.

Hume also attempts to tie Democrats to Studds' in order to make them appear hypocritical, when in fact Studd's relationship was actually legal under the law at the time.

Another segment that could have been scripted by Karl Rove himself.