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Boehner's Loss of Memory and Cover-Up... (Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?)

Jonathan Weisman and Charles Babbington Visit the House Republican Pedophile Scandal

Ah. Will the Washington Post last even a decade? Jonathan Weisman and Charles Babbington write, at the very bottom of their visit to the House Republican pedophile scandal:

Rep. Foley Quits In Page Scandal - washingtonpost.com: Foley chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children and was credited with writing the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July. A photo on the White House Web site shows Foley among those attending the signing ceremony...

Real reporters would put this piece of context higher up in the article--before the inside House seat count political baseball--and put more weight on the irony:

Ironically, Foley was the Republican point man on the crimes he is now alleged to have committed. Foley chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children and was credited with writing the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July. At the time, Foley said: "For too long our nation has tracked library books better than it has sex offenders. That day is coming to an end.... We are closing loopholes that sex offenders and pedophiles have used to prey on children"...

Weisman and Babbington write:

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him "we're taking care of it." It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy...

Where what is really going on is:

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) passed the buck to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Boehner told The Washington Post last night that he had learned of the scandal this spring and told Hastert, who had assured him "we're taking care of it." Hastert and his staff are dodging us: they have not returned our phone calls this evening. Hastert's spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy, a statement contradicted by Boehner.

Objective news reporting a la today's Washington Post: suppress what details we can in order to cut even pedophiles and their protectors a bit of a break.

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

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