Stephen Spruiell at the Media Blog on National Review Online points to an OpinionJournal piece by Sarah Lueck who interviewed Brian Ross, the ABC News investigative reporter who broke the Foley email and IM story. Those who have been suggesting that Democrats must have known about this for months and held it for maximum impact on the elections have just been shut down.
WASHINGTON — Former congressional pages themselves supplied some of the most damning emails in the scandal that forced the resignation of Rep. Mark Foley, stepping forward only after tamer messages were posted by ABC News on its Web site Thursday…
Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent at ABC News, said a nonpartisan source provided the “tamer” emails that the network posted on its Web site “The Blotter.” Within hours of that posting, “numerous” former House pages emailed ABC with additional allegations about Mr. Foley, Mr. Ross said.
Why would the pages hold on to those salacious instant messages for so long without telling anyone? Just ask someone who works with teenagers, like Betsy Newmark at Betsy’s Page.
It doesn’t impress me that the pages knew that Foley was a creep who was getting too close to some of the pages. I teach in a high school with kids of this age and I know that there are a whole lot of things going on that the kids know about and that the teachers are oblivious to. So just because some pages passed the word on to other pages doesn’t mean that the leaders of the page program knew.
Did you ever keep a secret when you were 16?