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Drudge Blames Kids for Foley’s Actions

Posted on Oct 2, 2006
Matt Drudge

Matt Drudge

We swear we’re not making this up. Conservative radio host and blogger Matt Drudge on the teenage pages whom Foley corresponded with: “You’re not going to tell me these are innocent babies…. These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth.”
This is not satire. This is the voice of today’s GOP.

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Drudge transcript from FireDogLake:

You could say “well Drudge, it’s abuse of power, a congressman abusing these impressionable, young 17 year-old beasts, talking about their sex lives with a grown man, on the internet.”  Because you have to remember, those of us who have seen some of the transcripts of these nasty instant messages.  This was two ways, ladies and gentlemen.  These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth.  Oh yeah.  Oh, I haven’t…they were talking about how many times they’d masturbated, how many times they’d done it with their girlfriends this weekend…all these things and these “innocent children.”  And this “poor” congressman sitting there typing, “oh am I going to get any,” you know?


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By Louise, October 4, 2006 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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To R.A. Earl, #26894

The complete lack of intelligent, comprehensive sex education in most of our schools, coupled with parents fear of talking about sex definitely do contribute to the sexual abuse of children. Not because the child is at fault, but because the child is ignorant. The more ignorant the better for the sexual predator. I agree our system of labeling sex education in school bad, and leaving it to the parents who don’t do it (for whatever reason) as good are big factors contributing to the problem.

Sex education should be demanded in school. Knowledge is the best defense. Lack of knowledge leads to curiosity and curiosity is an open invitation to the predator looking for a victim.

Friends and family are shocked because someone they trusted abused someone they love.

Sex sells very well in America already, in case you hadn’t noticed.

This is not a gay issue. Most gays in a loving committed relationship are as repulsed by child molestation as straits, so please don’t make this a gay issue. This is about sexual predators, and like any other predator they prefer the weak victim, hence the child. If the victim has no knowledge about the threat or tools to resist it, that’s not the victims fault. Period.

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By R. A. Earl, October 3, 2006 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment
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To Louise in #26842…

Before any of this “guilt trip” will work its ugliness the young “victim” must be preconditioned to believe and equate SEX with SHAMEFUL=DIRTY=DEGRADING.

No “unperverted” young person that I know about would feel guilt about having a sexual experience unless they’ve been TAUGHT to feel guilt about their sexuality and sexual inclinations/behaviors. (Look up “to pervert” in the dictionary… it means to alter from one’s NATURAL course… and to teach the young there’s something shameful or secretive or dirty, etc. about sex IS PERVERTING them.)

I completely disagree that it’s fair to label having sex as “bad behavior.” Intimacy with a person of YOUR CHOOSING and with FREE WILL, in a SAFE and RESPECTFUL MANNER, is anything BUT “bad behavior.” (And YES, those UNDER 21 are fully capable of choosing whether or not to engage in sex.)

If “friends and parents are shocked…” THAT’S THEIR PROBLEM. Being “shocked” by the rainbow of ways humans express their sexualities is a mark of naive immaturity. PARENTS HAVE NO MORE INHERENT “RIGHT” TO INTERFERE WITH THEIR CHILDRENS’ SEX LIVES THAN DOES ANYONE ELSE. If sex is considered personal and private for the ADULTS, then it’s personal and private for the kids as well. Parents DO, however, have an obligation to fully inform their kids about sex or have someone competent do it for them.

In America, and maybe elsewhere too, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY SCREWED UP ABOUT SEX & SEXUALITY. It’s almost an EPIDEMIC of IGNORANCE!

Now… all of that said… let me be clear. FOLEY was out of line in many ways by “flirting” with these boys. He deserves to be disciplined and educated as to the inappropriateness of his behavior. Any ADULT who solicits sexual favors from minors has problems and needs to seek counseling. BUT ALL THE FUROR, FUSS AND OVERREACTION BY ZILLIONS OF OTHERS OVER THESE INCIDENTS CLEARLY ILLUSTRATES THAT ZILLIONS IN AMERICA NEED COUNSELING TOO!

Want to start an uproar in America? Yell S-E-X! Ye Gods!

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By Rita, October 3, 2006 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment
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Bush covers for Hastert, Hastert covered for Foley.
Sounds like they’re all under the covers together.

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By Gonnuts, October 3, 2006 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not making this up - this morning while listening to C-SPAN a caller blamed this whole Foley thing on ... you guessed it - CLINTON!

Seriously ... their claim was because Clinton’s first action when he went into office was to approve of gays in the military and as such fostered this acceptance of the gay culture and allowed it to flourish(?)

My God! What are they putting in the Kool-Aid these days?

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By kevin99999, October 3, 2006 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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Is there anyone within the GOP or its supporters who is not a scam artist or a lying bastard?

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By felicity, October 3, 2006 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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Clinton innocent!!!!!!!

It was all Monica’s fault.  Filed under “The Drudge Report.”  Oct. 03, 2006.

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By Louise, October 3, 2006 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Maybe someone needs to look into Mr. Drudges background!

Any parent who has suffered (and watched their child suffer) through the horror of discovering their child has been sexually abused by a “trusted” adult finds out one of the most powerful tools these creeps use is building guilt in their victims, eventually making them feel it was their fault ... they were asking for it, or they behaved in a sexually explicit way, so what was the creep to think? They then go on to build a dependency in their victim by promising not to tell anyone, lest the victims friends or parents be shocked by their bad behavior. The victim feels guilt, along with shame and helplessness and chooses to keep the offense secret.

When someone comfortably expresses the notion that the victim of sexual abuse is to blame, it may be the first signal that the person expressing that notion has some ugly realities in his/her own baggage.

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By KISS, October 3, 2006 at 6:37 am Link to this comment
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Poor Foley, victimized by these oversexed teen-agers. Just trying to do his job of protecting America’s innocent children and all the time it is the Repug adults that need protecting. Basking in the Florida Sunshine and being taken advantaged of by replied E mails. tsk, tsk. What is a poor deviate to do? First line of defense..join a health spa. Second line of defense, Denial. Using Matt Drudge helps immensely, although the price might be high.. Thirdly find a job as a bureaucrat…cuz you ain’t never gonna be elected again.

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By f. hulse, October 3, 2006 at 3:19 am Link to this comment
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I have to stand in awe at the AMAZING shamelessness of America’s right wing talk show hosts. This one really takes the cake!
The name of the game is “Give the Republican a Pass, No Matter What!” Better yet, “Blame the Victim”. Nice work.

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By R. A. Earl, October 2, 2006 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment
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The irony is that so many American ADULTS, (say, those over 21), think “kids” are sexually naive and vulnerable at age 14-20.

Perhaps a few are but I can tell you that when I was 14-20, I was having the time of my life sexually. No, I wasn’t in the beds of any adults… but most of my friends of that age were into it as much as I was. Only our parents were “in the dark.”

The NAIVE participants in this are the ADULTS who think “kids” are just these innocent little angels who must be protected from sex and all the other nasties that make up LIFE.

GROW UP FOLKS. Your “kids” likely know more about SEX than YOU DO, or at least than you DID at their age. Sure, they don’t know much about RELATIONSHIPS and all the complications that foam up around sexual intimacy. WHO DOES before the age of 40? We all learn “on the job.”

And sure there are risks to physical health… that’s why EDUCATION… full, open, honest INFORMATION about everything SEXUAL MUST BE TAUGHT TO KIDS BEFORE PUBERTY.

In my opinion, anyone who doesn’t agree is about as naive as they come. More than that… if you, as a parent, do not INSIST on full education for your sons and daughters, it is YOUR ATTITUDE AND IGNORANCE that presents the MAJOR threat to their safety!

Think about it. Your little angel is going to have sex whether you like it or not. Do you want him or her “doing it” in IGNORANCE or in SAFETY? Your choice. If you want to protect them… INFORM THEM. And I don’t mean LECTURE THEM about what God wants for them and what “good little boys and girls do.” GET REAL. It’s THEIR SEX LIFE, not YOURS. Just give them the FACTS, and your opinion if you must, THEN SHUT UP. If you want to really turn them off, keep yapping about it!

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By Lorenzo, October 2, 2006 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment
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As to these Druge Report excerpts it is perfectly true that 16 & 17 year old boys are bundles of sexual energy (and have a goofy sort
beauty).  That is why it is essential for them to be in the company sexually resolved, respectful adults who do not violate them, either in person or on-line.  The right wing press, punditry and on-line community is going to bite, kick and scratch on this issue because they know how deeply this can affect their political futures.

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By Josh, October 2, 2006 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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Wow. What happened to the “Moral Majority”. I guess blaming the victims is the “Moral” thing to do now.

Next they’ll start blaming the victims of Katrina for not stopping the hurricane.

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By stonehinge, October 2, 2006 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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This isn’t even a respectable parsing job - lmao!!!

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By Mad as Hell, October 2, 2006 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment
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What do you expect? This is the very guy that used to screw Nazi-Ann Coulter.  How much could he know about NORMAL relations?

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By ib, October 2, 2006 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment
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This man in truly sick!!!!!

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By Terry, October 2, 2006 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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What does one expect from a dog, so a congressman has sent your son or daughter emails of this type, and you would blame your son or daughter for receiving them, what a dog you are drudge, a mongrel of the lowest order, that’s unfair to dogs of course, for they know not what they do, you are more in the region of primordial soup.

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By MARTY L. GRAY, October 2, 2006 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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I expected the conservatives to circle the wagons rhetorically.  Matt Drudge falls right in-line with those expectations.  He along with Fox News are struggling with this issue; conversely, saw no quarter when Clinton’s “sexual” affair affair with an “adult” and were disheartned when the Clintons stayed togeather as a family (and this from the people of “family-values”).  Here the issues are clear: peodophillia; failure to investigate and enforcement of ethics by the congressional leadership; and the possiblility of pressure bought to bear on the parents of the “primary” teen page not to persue this issue.

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