by Scoobie Davis
Foleygate FAQ Needed
Ever since the scandal surrounding Mark Foley's activities with teenaged pages emerged, there has been a campaign by the right to make it appear that the whole thing is a Democratic dirty trick (e.g., click here). Also, there has been a lot of disinformation by the right (e.g., Hannity and others brought falsely claimed that Bill Clinton commuted former congressman Mel Reynolds' sentence for having sex with a 16 year-old campaign volunteer--in fact, Reynolds had finished the entire sentence for the illicit sex when Clinton commuted Reynolds' sentence for bank fraud). My schedule is busy but if someone is up to the task, let me know and I'll link to it.
UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Debbie Schlussel is spreading the falsehoods that 1) Clinton pardoned Reynolds (Reynolds' sentence was commuted which, contrary to Schlussel's post, means that Reynolds is still required to register as a sex offender); and 2) Schlussel's post suggests that it was the sex offense that Clinton addressed in the commutation).
Also, Drifting Through the Grift has the correct info on Reynolds and Hannity.