Friday, October 06, 2006

If You Are Going To Say A Democratic Candidate Is Exploiting Foleygate Don't ...

... use Patty Wetterling (D-MN) as your poster child.

Media Matters
Johns asserted that Wetterling's advertisement contained "[u]nproven allegations" because "no evidence made public so far suggests a molestation charge." In fact, the Wetterling ad did not say that Foley has been "charge[d]" with a violation of laws prohibiting molestation or that he will be. The ad says only that he "used the Internet to molest children." Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines "molest" as "to make annoying sexual advances to," and Foley's alleged instant message conversations with teenage former pages indeed contained "sexual advances."
Why shouldn't people scold Wetterling for jumping on this issue? She isn't a Patty-come-lately to the issue of child exploitation. Her son, Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped 17 years ago when he was 11 years old and has never been found.

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