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House Speaker John Boehner has a second alleged mistress. I think this deserves a closer look.

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Yesterday, Mike Stark of and DailyKos published a diary titled "Maybe it's time for the media to say what they know about Boehner", in which he told us of the alleged affair between John Boehner and Lisbeth Lyons, who is the Vice President for Government Affairs for the American Printers Association, as reported by The National Enquirer months ago.

I have tons of respect for Mike Stark, so he deserves a big hat tip here. Where Mike Stark told you yesterday about the allegations that John Boehner had an affair with Lisbeth Lyons yesterday, I am going to tell you about the allegations about the second woman in John Boehner's life who isn't John Boehner's wife.

. . . an ENQUIRER investigation has uncovered a bedroom encounter that Boehner - second in line of succession to the presidency - allegedly had with LEIGH LaMORA, a 46-year-old former press secretary to ex-Colorado Congressman JOEL HEFLEY.

The Ohio native, a congressman for 20 years, and his wife Deborah, 62, have been married for 37 years.

But she has shunned the capital's social scene, and he is often seen out on the town without her.

"Deborah normally stays back in Ohio while John spends most of his time in D.C.," said an insider. "It is not uncommon for Boehner to attend parties and events without his wife."


But The ENQUIRER learned that Deborah was nowhere to be seen when the ruggedly handsome congressman attended a casino party at the home of a D.C. lobbyist in August 1997 - and reportedly hooked up with pretty congressional press secretary Leigh LaMora.

    I would disregard this story entirely if it wasn't for the fact that The National Enquirer of all places broke the John Edwards' Scandal, and even The Washington Times ran a story recently citing the indictment of John Edwards as a vindication of The National Enquirer's original reporting. Apparently, if you want accurate stories about pro sports you should go to ESPN, and if you want accurate stories on sleazy sex shit you should go to The National Enquirer, so I am going to give The National Enquirer a smidgen of credibility here.

     Of course, I am going to take The National Enquirer with a grain of salt, and I STRONGLY OBJECT to the notion that John Boehner is ruggedly handsome because John Boehner looks like Mr. Potatohead if Mr. Potatohead was a sun dried tomato in a business suit, but I digress.

     In considering the zeal with which the media has pursued Democrats who are accused of philandering as opposed to the total laziness the media shows in pursuing Tom Coburn's role in the Ensign affair, or the asleep at the wheel role that the media had in NOT reporting on Senator Vitter's history with hookers while he was running for re-election, in considering the media's obsession with Monica Lewinsky's blue dress I became curious about why the media seems to ignore Republicans like Mark Sanford, David Vitter and John Ensign who get busted and then refuse to resign, but Democrats who get busted or even accused of similar transgressions get raked through the coals until they quit or their Presidency ends. This makes me want to put the allegations against John Boehner's mistresses into a different perspective.

    Luckily enough, someone did that for us.

   But The ENQUIRER learned that Deborah was nowhere to be seen when the ruggedly handsome congressman attended a casino party at the home of a D.C. lobbyist in August 1997 - and reportedly hooked up with pretty congressional press secretary Leigh LaMora.

What really interests me here is the person and timeframe. In 1997, John Boehner was chairman of the Republican Conference, meaning he held a leadership position in the House. Not only was Boehner a superior to LaMora in terms of being a congress person, but he also had the added bonus of being part of the leadership. This could really fall under sexual harassment.

Now let’s think back to that same timeframe and another case of sexual harassment that gained the nation attention. That would be Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Even though the actual impeachment of Clinton revolved around an issue of perjury, that perjury was committed in connection with sexual harassment.

     So here is Boehner having an alleged affair at the same time that the Republican Party was impeaching President Bill Clinton for lying about having an affair.

    The author of the piece cited above used the Mark Souder scandal of last year as another way to put things into perspective. You may remember Mark Souder as the Indiana Republican House Rep who was a strong advocate of abstinence only sex education that got busted having an affair with one of his staffers. When that happened, Boehner pushed Souder to resign immediately. The same thing happened when GOP House Rep. Christopher Lee of NY-26 infamy resigned after trying to cheat on his wife via Craigslist. Under John Boehner's leadership, any allegations or proof of affairs are not to be tolerated, unless your political career is Too Big To Fail, as is John Boehner's, apparently.

    More perspective below the fold.

I am curious as to why Senator David Vitter and his well documented dalliances with Hookers while wearing diapers was totally ignored by the national media even though Vitter ran for re-election last year, and largely continues to be ignored to this day.

When the story broke about John Boehners' affairs in The National Enquirer, the media quickly got bored with it and the story went away.

When the story broke about John Edwards' affair in The National Enquirer, well, that story didn't quite go away, did it?

If a Democrat is accused of a scandal, the media will demand that they resign immediately and pursue the story to the ends of the earth. If a Republicans is accused of a scandal, the media will report it for a few days and then forget, because Fox News, AM Radio and the rest of the right wing noise machine will simply NOT REPORT IT. The right wing noise machine will not drive the narrative about a Republican scandal, so it slowly dies in the media, but a Democratic scandal will always get more exposure because the Drudge/Rush/Fox drumbeat will demand it, and the other insipid media outlets will follow suit out of fear of being accused of being "The Liberal Media", but Mark Sanford can hike the Appalachian Trail and then apologize and serve out the rest of his term, no problem. Senator David Vitter can serve out the rest of his term AND run for re-election and the media will NEVER mention his diaper hooker stories, no problem. If a Democrat has a scandal the Foxaganda complex will beat it into the ground and the leadership of the Democratic party will swiftly throw the accused Dem under the bus and demand investigations. If a Republican has a scandal the Foxaganda complex will ignore it and the leadership of the Democratic party will not demand investigations. Anybody else starting to notice a disturbing pattern?

So where is the media follow up stories to the allegations of John Boehner's reported affairs? I know we can hardly expect John Boehner to launch a ethics inquiry against himself, but it sure would be nice to have an independent investigative media in this country that could do that kind of thing, wouldn't it? Is there a compelling tweet, or a blue stained dress, or even a wide stance that could act as proof of the claims against House Speaker John Boehner? No. But there wasn't proof against John Edwards until the National Enquirer reported about his affairs, and the media did some research. Would it kill the media to apply the same journalistic effort into the claims made against John Boehner in the same publication that brought down John Edwards? Would it kill them to remind the public over and over of David Vitter's history, or the role Tom Coburn played in the Ensign Affair, which is still under investigation? I will tell you one thing that this story of John Boehner's alleged affairs has put into perspective for me, when it comes to hounding politicians over alleged or truthful sex scandals the GOP is Too Big To Fail in the eyes of the media. There is one set of rules for the media when handling Dem sex scandals and another set of rules for handling GOP sex scandals, and since Fox and the Right Wing Noise Machine drives the national media narrative, guess how those two sets of rules usually work out. It's the same reason David Vitter does not still have an ongoing scandal and John Edwards does.

   With all that being said, I would like to say that if anything I have written about Leigh LaMora or Lisbeth Lyons turns out to be false I will gladly apologize. I am not saying that there is definitive proof of any affairs involving Leigh LaMora or Lisbeth Lyons and House Speaker John Boehner, I would just like to know why the media gave up on that story and other stories pertaining to Republicans embroiled in sex scandals who refuse to resign like David Vitter and Tom Coburn. After living through the Clinton Impeachment and the swift resignations of Democratic officials like Governors Elliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevey, I think that puts the right wing media bias and other things in politics in a new perspective, doesn't it? The media has one set of rules for Democrats and another set of rules for Republicans. Republicans are allowed to lie about WMD's, torture, Death Panels, the cause of the deficit, anything and everything, including their sex scandals until the moment they get busted, and then the media gets bored and moves on, but Democrats aren't allowed to lie about their sex scandals, and the Democrats who do get caught are never EVER allowed to forget about it. Republicans are allowed to lie and Democrats can't push their own ideas because the media has framed the debate around whether facts like Climate Science is even really a science while the guy who swore to heaven that Armageddon is coming if Health Care reform passes into law is allowed to be like the pastor who predicts the end of the world, and then when it doesn't happen the media pretends he ever said that and just invites him on Sunday Morning talk shows next week where he will make outrageously alarmist claims and spout misinformation over and over. This is the recipe for the one sided national conversation where the far right meets the center right and decides what is best for everyone, this is the recipe for the funny memory hole the media has towards the long history of failed GOP policies over the last decade.The media has one set of rules for Democrats and another set of rules for Republicans. That can not be any more clear than when we witness the media's unwillingness to pursue the allegations made in the past year that John Boehner is having multiple affairs.

How appropriate. I've been crying since I met you, now I'm dying to forget you.

Peace and love to all

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    •  Democrats have taken hits over (4+ / 0-)
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      cordobes, Naniboujou, gramofsam1, VClib

      Rep Weiner and their defending his early denials.  Solid proof on this is essential before Democrats or DK take this up, otherwise Democrats and DK will earn the credibility equal to the National Enquirer --  and stories of Michael Jackson abducted by Space Aliens.  Unproven accusations may make core Democrats happy, but swing voters would be lost.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:26:05 PM PDT

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  •  Sauce for the Weiner is sauce for the Boehner (11+ / 0-)

    My position is that the marital fidelity of politicians who haven't made their marriages and/or the sanctimony thereof into a political vehicle is not a subject properly relevant to the public interest. I continue to decry the witch hunt into Rep. Weiner's private life and I refuse to sign up for this one either.

    I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

    by eataTREE on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:03:32 PM PDT

    •  I respect your decision (15+ / 0-)

      but I think there is a bit of a difference when one politician who is cheating on his wife actively prevents Americans from marrying their loved ones under the pretense of protecting the sanctity of marriage, and thus I think there is a difference. I am not saying either is right, I am just saying, on this subject, that one is more guilty of two faced hypocrisy than the other.

      With that being said, I still stand by my claim that there are 2 sets of rules at work here, one for Dems, the other for the GOP, because the RWNM drives the narrative more and more in today's media, as evidenced by the media's entirely different reactions to The National Enquirer's stories regarding Edwards and Boehner

      the unconscionable wealthy and their GOP goons would sooner privatize the fire company than piss on you if you're in flames. ~kossack labradog

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:08:27 PM PDT

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  •  Instead of focusing on sexual indescretions (19+ / 0-)

    I wish the media would blast Boehner for NOT TELLING THE TRUTH. The media of the 21st century gives platforms to liars. In the 80s Dan Quayle was shamed for being a fool and it was generally accepted that he was an idiot mostly because of the "potatoe" incident.

    Compare that to Sarah Palin who gets 24/7 news coverage and is treated like a genuine contender for the Republican nomination. WTF?

    "Pretty soon we're not going to be able to find reasonable decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serving public office." Sheriff Dupnik, AZ

    by voracious on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:06:42 PM PDT

    •  Good point. I often want to start a diary series (6+ / 0-)

      called "Today in Stupid Things Republicans are Saying", but there is Soooo much material to work with on a daily basis, I wouldn't know where to begin. The by product of having an economic world view based on lies, greed, fear and inequality is that eventually your true believers sound like idiots when they aren't preaching to the choir. The GOP base is defined by the misinformation they consume on a daily basis, and their leaders look like idiots to the rest of us because of it. The media pretends that the GOP is sane and "serious". If the media called them the radical corporate hacks that they are, the debate would be different, wouldn't it.

      the unconscionable wealthy and their GOP goons would sooner privatize the fire company than piss on you if you're in flames. ~kossack labradog

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:14:53 PM PDT

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  •  It doesn't matter to some women if a man (10+ / 0-)

    with power looks like a potato head, a potato chip or a buffalo chip.  Bwarbara Wa-Wa thought Henry Kissinger looked sexy when he was Sect. of State and he was definitely on the buffalo chip end of the spectrum.

    I don't dislike all conservatives... mainly just the ones that vote Republican.

    by OHdog on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:06:56 PM PDT

  •  Perhaps it is just me (8+ / 0-)

    but this and Stark's diary based on allegations from the Enquirer are disturbing.  Is this how we want to deal with the Weiner issue?  The Enquirer was right once out of how many issues re: scandals.  This site is becoming HuffPo 2 if this is the way we plan to spend diary space.

    I'll go back to jnhobbs' diary on Amina who was kidnapped in Damascus -- it is a better use of my time.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:10:58 PM PDT

    •  I just wanted to illustrate the differences (4+ / 0-)

      in how the media covers Dem scandals versus GOP scandals. Nothing more, nothing less

      the unconscionable wealthy and their GOP goons would sooner privatize the fire company than piss on you if you're in flames. ~kossack labradog

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:16:52 PM PDT

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      •  What are them? (2+ / 0-)
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        You give the examples of Souder and Lee resigning.... something which Weiner hasn't done yet. I'm not sure what's your point there.

        The Vitter affair got plenty of coverage in the MSM. The idea that it was ignored is truly bizarre. I suppose you were out of the country around that time. The man gave that painful press conference with his wife, ffs.

        When the Enquirer started covering Edwards' affair, the MSM didn't touch it for months. The Enquirer published the story for the first time in October 2007 and only in late July 2008 - after it became basically impossible to avoid it - the MSM started running the story. And the story didn't go away because it was true.

        If these Boehner allegations have any merit, the MSM will eventually pick it up. Problem is that so far there's nothing out there besides some very fragile innuendo. The Enquirer had a much stronger case with Edwards and even then it took that episode of the meeting in a hotel and the photo of him with the kid for the MSM to pick up. Nobody will care about this until there's some sort of evidence.

        •  fragile recording of the mistress (1+ / 0-)
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           There's a fragile recording of the fragile mistress not denying it, and people see them together, and Boehner's wife stays home.

            The whole business stinks but it would be personal, were it not for the media's hypocrisy and imbalanced coverage.

          •  Not denying it (1+ / 0-)
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            I would have adopted the same stance - and I'm not cheating on my wife. Denying it would mean I'd be acknowledging and dignifying the ones making the question - something they wouldn't deserve.

            People see them together and Boehner's wife stays home? I mean, I guess if you're extremely paranoid that may suggest something. But people that paranoid are, believe it or not, a negligible percentage of the population - and that's why the MSM won't pick up the story if that's all there is.

            Have you stopped calling a troll to anyone who didn't agree with your crazy conspiracy theories about Weiner being the victim of a conspiracy and HRing any attempt to dissent with your radical beliefs? I thought you announced you'd be taking a rest.

    •  but you gotta (1+ / 0-)
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      give him props for this:

      I STRONGLY OBJECT to the notion that John Boehner is ruggedly handsome because John Boehner looks like Mr. Potatohead if Mr. Potatohead was a sun dried tomato in a business suit, but I digress.

      It's complicated. - Desperate Housewives

      by Cedwyn on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:37:58 PM PDT

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  •  I hate pissing contests (3+ / 0-)

     And in the real world none of this would matter, whether it be a GOP or DEM who fails some sexual standard.  I had to laugh when Cantor demanded Weiner resign.
       I would gladly leave Weiner's political career up to his district's voter's to decide if he is still "morally acceptable".
      Mr. Weiner has to decide if he is willing to continue to doing his job and weather the barrage of pictures that the right will use in the 2012 campaign.

       But, I would predict that if the GOP really pass legislation that makes Birth Control pills illegal drugs, then I would bet we will see more rather than less "sex scandals" if women tell their spouses, I'd love to honey, but I'm not having any more children!

    •  Eric "rimjob" Cantor (2+ / 0-)
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       I want to hear more about this Cantor guy driving to Philly in the dead of night to rim some dude in a city park.

       Guys who like guys? Fine. Rimjob? Hey, whatever gives you that special feeling in your nether region is OK with me.

        But the HYPOCRISY of the GOP? I've had ENOUGH.

        So I keep hearing this story about Cantor, but no one seems able to confirm it ... yet. Hello, who's got the goods on this guy?

      •  Who cares who's got the goods? (1+ / 0-)
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        Who knows if there's any goods to be gotten?  Honestly, if witch hunts are the new plan for Democratic success, we're in big trouble.

      •  I don't have the goods (0+ / 0-)

        and I'm not sure anyone does who's willing to deliver them. But titillating rumors about Cantor have been circulating for years among Dem political staffers and operatives in VA, and some of the details from different sources line up. If the rumors are true, everyone's favorite congressional closet case is in fact just that. Furthermore, the usual non-denial denials have been obtained -- again off the record -- from Republicans in VA and people close to Cantor.

        What you're looking for, according to the rumors I've heard, would not be a rimjob in a park out of state, but a long-term affair, probably gay, probably in the Washington or Richmond areas, quite possibly with someone he's already close with, like a high-ranking staffer. The rumors I've heard also point to Cantor's marriage strictly being a "power couple" thing at this point.

        Any advice on digging deeper on this appreciated.

        "Right now, you have been convicted of as many counts of treason as Manning." -- wiscmass. (Yes, you.)

        by cville townie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 06:36:12 AM PDT

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  •  What's the micron of fact in the Enquirer story? (0+ / 0-)

    Or are they up to their usual games of sleazy innuendo and slimy speculation? They can tiptoe right up to the line, and have done so many, many times in the past - but they can't put even one claw over it unless they have something, however slight, to back it up with.

    They learned that lesson the hard way, and they're pretty careful now.

    If it's
    Not your body
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    AND it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:16:53 PM PDT

  •  IOKIYAR (3+ / 0-)

      You know it's true ... unless we ram it down their throats. Glad to see that process getting started here.

    •  That was my thought, or IDKIYAR (6+ / 0-)

      If this story about Boehner involved a Dem instead, the basic formula would go

      1.    Drudge covers it

      2.    Rush covers it

      3.    Fox dedicates the next week to it

      4.    The rest of the media reports on Fox reporting on it

      5.    The next day, the rest of the media reports on what GOP leaders said about Fox reporting on it

      6.    Scandal exists, ad infinitum.

      Whereas the formula for a GOP scandal seems to go two ways. Either

      1.    Scandal reported

      2A.     Story dies

      2B.     If story does not die, GOP rep gets caught redhanded, does or does not resign, after some coverage eventually media puts story in memory hole

      Does that sound accurate?

      the unconscionable wealthy and their GOP goons would sooner privatize the fire company than piss on you if you're in flames. ~kossack labradog

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:27:06 PM PDT

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  •  It amazes me (1+ / 0-)
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    Stranded Wind

    how many of the people in government think with the wrong head.

    Maybe polygamy (for both men and women) is the next thing we should undertake since it seems so popular in Congressional circles.

    Probably get a bi partisan bill passed - no sweat.

    Bush crimes, Cheney torture, health care, gay rights, poor economy, wars, rule of law, civil rights - so much to do so little time - the clock is ticking

    by Da Rock on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:24:42 PM PDT

  •  Please knock this shit off (8+ / 0-)

    we don't need this kind of crap. Besides, if everyone starts investigating, someone will find out about my three mistresses.

    TeaParty = KKK + better coaching

    by Explorer8939 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:32:55 PM PDT

  •  Objection! (6+ / 0-)

    Unfair to sundried tomatoes!

    These delicious fruit jerky culinary treats which have never harmed anyone, are high in vitamin C and lycopene, and taste delicious on pizza, in pesto, in salads and other gourmet concoctions. All they want to do is make our lives healthier and more flavorful.

    John Boehner, however, is an awful person who sets out daily to make people's lives worse.

    I think you owe sundried tomatoes everywhere an apology.

    © grover. "Buy! Buy!" says the sign in the shop window. "Why? Why?" says the junk in the yard. -- John Denver

    by grover on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:37:34 PM PDT

    •  Dear Sun Dried Tomatoes (3+ / 0-)
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      grover, Chi, Brooke In Seattle

      I would like to deeply apologize, on behalf of my family and the country whom I love, about my role in the scandal surrounding my words about sun dried tomatoes bearing any resemblance to John Boehner. I would like to state conclusively that John Boehner does not have the essential vitamins or minerals, nor the dietary benefits, nor the delicious consistency and tangy yet wholesome flavor of Sun Dried Tomatoes. I ask the apology of my friends, my colleagues here on the unemployment line, and especially to Sun Dried Tomatoes and their friends and family.

      the unconscionable wealthy and their GOP goons would sooner privatize the fire company than piss on you if you're in flames. ~kossack labradog

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:44:45 PM PDT

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  •  I don't particularly care for this sort of stuff (0+ / 0-)

    but hey if it helps turn the GOP away from defaulting on our national debt, then fine, investigate and expose it.  Like it or not, these scandals do have political impact even one decade + removed from the Lewinsky scandal.  

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:49:23 PM PDT

  •  Tears of a Clown (5+ / 0-)

    BTW, the Nat'l Enq won a Pullitzer for its coverage of the John Edwards affair.

  •  'It's the hypocrisy, stupid! (4+ / 0-)

    shoulda been a poll choice.

    "Responsible people leave neither loaded guns nor paranoid, eliminationist ideologies laying around for the mentally ill to play with".....Driftglass

    by KenBee on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 05:15:57 PM PDT

  •  even for the National Enquirer, (5+ / 0-)

    refering to John Boner as "ruggedly handsome" is over the top.

    Amount of federal money to National Public Radio in 2010: $2,700,000 / Amount to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University: $446,000,000 / Source -- Harper's Index, June 2011

    by Mnemosyne on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 05:48:41 PM PDT

    •  NY Times on the National Enquirer (1+ / 0-)
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      Here's a link to the NY Times story about the Edwards story. It was fascinating to read how the NE editors went about investigating this, and especially how they teased and finally confronted the Edwards camp. It was methodical and deliberate.

      Besides, they're not stupid. They don't want to be sued. They will make sure all the facts are triple checked and indisputable.

      'We can make the trains run on time but if they are not going where we want them to go, why bother?' Neil Postman

      by history first on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:06:32 PM PDT

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      •  I've read that sort of (1+ / 0-)
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        history first

        thing about them before. We may sneer at the kinds of the stories they put out, but by fact-checking and confirming information they are, more than many of the so-called mainstream, practicing journalism.

        Amount of federal money to National Public Radio in 2010: $2,700,000 / Amount to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University: $446,000,000 / Source -- Harper's Index, June 2011

        by Mnemosyne on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 07:31:06 PM PDT

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    •  compared to Glenn Beck (0+ / 0-)

      or Grover Norquist?

      Have they no standards?

      "Responsible people leave neither loaded guns nor paranoid, eliminationist ideologies laying around for the mentally ill to play with".....Driftglass

      by KenBee on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:38:04 PM PDT

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  •  Credible Sources are quite lacking (0+ / 0-)

    This must have been in the Enquirer between the virgin having the alien love child and refusing to acknowledge that California slipped off into the Pacific last year.  

    And the point that this author is basing so much of his information on the fact that the media is firmly behind the right gives him no credibility either.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see just the opposite.

    I have many friends on the left, and even they acknowledge that most of this story is crap.

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