Newspaper Held Foley Story


Turns out disgraced congressman Mark Foley’s local paper had the story last year of his sexed-up Internet exchanges with teenage pages, but didn’t run it.

Bob Norman of the Daily Pulp, out of Voice sister paper New Times Broward-Palm Beach, posts this:

In the St. Petersburg Times’ article by Bill Adair on the Foley mess, there’s a very curious passage:

The boy, who is not being identified because of his age, told the St. Petersburg Times in an interview last November, when the Times first learned of the e-mails, that he cut off correspondence with Foley.

“I thought it was very inappropriate,” the boy told the Times. “After the one about the picture, I decided to stop e-mailing him back.”

But the boy said he was not seeking publicity. “I don’t want to get involved in any big thing,” he said.

Oh boy. Is there no daily newspaper in this state that has any guts left? The St. Pete Times had the story in November and didn’t run with it? What an embarrasing display of that newspaper’s lack of journalistic instinct. Must have made them uncomfortable, a still-closeted gay Republican Congressman making overtures to a teen Congressional page.