PredatorGate Update: Photos; WaPo Scrubs Boehner Comments

The more I learn about the Pedogate scandal, the creepier it gets. In the early edition of today’™s online Washington Post story, House Majority Leader John Boehner threw Speaker Denny Hastert under the proverbial bus:

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some [...]

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The more I learn about the Pedogate scandal, the creepier it gets. In the early edition of today’™s online Washington Post story, House Majority Leader John Boehner threw Speaker Denny Hastert under the proverbial bus:

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some ‘œcontact’ between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him ‘œwe’™re taking care of it.‘

By the time the sun rose this morning, this paragraph had been changed:

House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of inappropriate ‘œcontact’ between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Boehner later contacted The Post and said he could not remember whether he talked to Hastert.

Wow. The GOP spinmeisters must have been working late into the evening, and burning up the phone lines to the WaPo editorial staff. What bothers me most about this particular change by the WaPo is that there’™s no reference to the original quote. From a journalistic ethics point of view, this would seem to be a huge no-no. The quote should have remained intact, with Boehner’™s retraction following.

You can email the reporters who wrote this story by clicking this link and ask them why the story changed. Was the original story they wrote incorrect? If so, there should have been an official retraction by the Washington Post.

More updates as the GOP unravels’¦

(Hey, by the way, who’™s that guy smack dab in the middle of the above photo? He looks so familiar’¦)

Update: There’™s a very interesting post on DKos regarding the legal hot water in which both Boehner and Hastert may find themselves. Go read it. Then, consider this: The investigation needs to get started with all legal vigor. If this was Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi, the FBI would have been in their offices last night, impounding computers and seizing records. See: Jefferson, William. Remember that Hastert put on the sham of defending Jefferson when the FBI took the unprecedented step earlier this year of seizing Rep. Jefferson’™s computers and records from his Capitol Hill office in an ongoing bribery investigation. Could Pedogate be why Hastert defended Jefferson’™s congressional privilege?

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Saturday, September 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Predatorgate

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