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How Fox Would Have Reported Mark Foley's Resignation if He Were a Democrat

Reported by Melanie - September 29, 2006 -

Dennis Hastert (R-IL) appeared on Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (September 29, 2006) ostensibly to talk about the supposed stock market "rally" Fox keeps shouting about. In the middle of the segment with substitute host David Asman, Asman paused and said,

By the way, ah, we should report something that's been, just crossed the wires recently, that Congressman Mark Foley has resigned. He of course was involved in a particular dust-up -- we're not sure of the details yet. It involves emails between him and a teenaged boy. Did you encourage him to resign?

Hastert replied:

Well, I haven't talked to Congressman Foley but he did the right thing. He did resign. He sent a letter to the Governor which is the process to do that and he's laid it down before the House so he has resigned before the House.


All right. And, again, we don't know the details. We don't pretend to know the details but he has resigned and you didn't try to discourage him from resigning?


Ah, no.

And that was it.

Notice that Asman did not refer to Foley as Republican Congressman Mark Foley.

Thanks to loyal and long time reader -R, here are the emails.

Comment: If Foley was a Democrat, Asman would have done something more like this:

THIS IS A FOX NEWS ALERT! Again, we have a FOX NEWS ALERT! We have just learned that Florida DEMOCRAT, Congressman Limp Wrist, has been forced to resign his House seat, effective immediately. Again, this is BREAKING NEWS, it just happened a little while ago and we're working on getting all the details for you as soon as possible but since it's BREAKING NEWS we have to go with what we know so far. What we know is that, again, BREAKING NEWS HERE, several days ago, as we've been telling you all along, it came to light that DEMOCRAT Wrist has been corresponding via email, in some very suggestive, sexual ways, with a teenage BOY page at the Capitol. Not knowing how to handle the situation, since, after all, Wrist is a POWERFUL, INFLUENTIAL and PROMINENT DEMOCRAT, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and DEMOCRAT Chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, the BOY wrote to another congressman, saying he was totally and completely "freaked out" and that what Wrist wrote made him downright "sick." Poor kid.

Our own Greta Van Sustren is on her way to the Capitol building right now and we hope to have a live feed from her in a few minutes. I'm also hearing in my ear that we are trying to get the BOY in for a live interview in the next few minutes -- again, we're working under BREAKING NEWS conditions here -- and we hope to have that LIVE INTERVIEW regarding this crisis for the House DEMOCRATS - for you in this hour. Stay with us. We'll get back to House DEMOCRAT leader Nancy Pelosi, we'll see what she knows about what appears to be developing into a sex scandal involving a House DEMOCRAT, later.

Meanwhile, we'll have lots more -- more live guests and more details as they come in -- we're going to stay with this story affecting House DEMOCRATS for as long as it takes -- more on this BREAKING NEWS after this. Stay with us. This has been a FOX NEWS ALERT. Back in a minute.