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  •  Never a story (1+ / 0-)
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    They didn't make a story out of it at the time, because the boy accusing Foley didn't want to give his name, and another boy who did give his name said there wasn't anything inappropriate done.  It was the policy at the time not to publish stories based only on unnamed sources.
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    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."- Emerson

    by Sidof79 on Sat Sep 30, 2006 at 06:28:01 PM PDT

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      St. Petersburg Times reporters obtained the original e-mails last fall and interviewed two former pages, but didn't write a story. The 16-year-old boy did not want to be named. The other boy, who was willing to be named, said Foley hadn't done anything inappropriate. It's a Times policy not to make accusations in stories based on unnamed sources.

      That answers alot.

      (-5.88, -6.46) Democracy is what happens between elections.

      by autoegocrat on Sat Sep 30, 2006 at 06:42:42 PM PDT

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    •  i dunno (2+ / 0-)
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      that's a fine policy. however, they said they interviewed him. did they interview him over email? in person, and just never asked his name? i feel if they interviewed him, there is a good chance they knew his name but he didn't want his name published. Which may not be published anyway because he is 16 years old and an alleged victim of sexual harassment. Doesn't mean they go ahead and print the story -- but they have had since November to try to confirm his story. I would think a paper would publish this, without his name, if they dug deep enough. Unfortunately local media and media in general are squeamish about covering personal sex issues, like in New Jersey with McGreevey. But you'd think with allegations of minors involved...

      Only Americans can hurt America

      -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

      by missreporter on Sat Sep 30, 2006 at 06:59:56 PM PDT

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