I got in trouble once for calling Matt Drudge a first class scumbag. At the time I thought maybe I had gone too far, let my emotions get the better of me. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. But it turns out I hadn't gone too far. It turns out Matt Drudge is a scumbag of the worst kind, the kind that blames the victims of sexual abuse.
Crooks and Liars has the audio.
Jane Hamsher has the transcript.
Matt Drudge actually refers to the children who were preyed upon by Mark Foley as "16 and 17 year old beasts". He also says, "they (the pages) were talking about how many times they'd masturbated, how many times they'd done it with their girlfriends this weekend...all these things and these innocent children. And this poor congressman sitting there typing, oh am I going to get any, you know?"
What we're seeing here, through the prism of this lone sexual predator, is the monster inside the machine. First you have the Republican Congressional leadership, so power hungry, so desperate to hold a seat at any cost, that they cover Mark Foley's tracks for at least a year. The revelation of the coverup is followed almost immediately by the Right Wing Message Machine, with Fox News' Brit Hume comparing Foley to Bill Clinton and John Gibson trying to equate the current scandal to previous House scandals more than 20 years old. Bill O'Reilly tries to make Foley's actions just a by-product of Foley's homosexuality.
Matt Drudge takes all of this to a deeper, darker place, and perhaps it's logical conclusion. Matt Drudge, like the Republican leadership and the Fox News commentators, is so single minded and addicted to power that he's willing to blame the children themselves.
This is how upside down and wretched their world has become. They blame the children for the actions of adults. And it's no different from the mindset that blames other countries for our failure to find weapons of mass destruction, a mindset that cannot ever accept responsibility, it's just more obvious.
One has to believe that the right wing media, falling over themselves to protect their masters, will also suffer from the credibility they are squandering so recklessly. I have to believe that even the most dedicated Ditto-head will hesitate to believe that it's the adults that need to be protected from the children. After all, Republican Congressman Mark Foley did try to actually meet with the youth. After all, what is law and order if we can't protect our children from those that would abuse them? And adults that want to look away while children are abused are guilty of abuse themselves.
Update: Jane Hamsher and I were posting at the same time on the same subject. Check out her great post as well if you haven't already.