In the Fair & Balanced view, Mark Foley is suddenly a Democrat

Boing Boing points out that Fox News has at least thrice identified disgraced Congressman Mark Foley — Republican of Florida, former chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, cyberstalker of adolescent Congressional pages — as a Democrat.

See it to believe it.

Apparently they identified him in captions several times as Mark Foley (D-FL):


and another time they asked, in a caption accompanying an interview with Democratic House Leader Harry Reid, "Did Dems Ignore Foley E-mails to Preserve Seat?":


This seems incredible -- but then again, seems a logical extension of an approach that calls torture coercion, creationism science, and democratic debate a hindrance to the struggle to spread freedom to the world.

I try not to get too upset about such things. And I wonder why I'm writing this in a blog about science (though the "culture" part of my blog title lets me do anything). But the part of me that objects to lousy or fraudulent science -- science that ignores or deliberately subverts the principles of demonstrable, accountable findings that underlie good science -- also objects to the steady assault on rational, secular discourse that's necessary for a democracy to run.

See the original Boing Boing story at Boing Boing: Fox News identifies Foley as a Democrat.

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When the facts don't agree with policy or events, misrepresent them. Just how gullible are we as a nation?