by Jennifer Swift
Sep 16, 2013
03:54 PM
Connecticut Politics

Following Claims of Unethical Behavior by Gov. Malloy, Columns Slam Tom Foley's Tactics

Following Claims of Unethical Behavior by Gov. Malloy, Columns Slam Tom Foley's Tactics

Screenshot of Tom Foley's appearance on Face the State

Following Tom Foley’s claims of unethical behavior by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his administration, even the Republican and Democratic pundits on the show immediately following were left scratching their heads as to why he’d make such strong accusations without proof.

While reporters scrambled on Sunday to try and dig into the allegations Foley had heard, and relayed Sunday morning, editorial boards and columnists were drafting harsh responses to Foley’s remarks, painting him as a nothing more than a gossiper.

Columnists and editorials pounced on Foley for making unsubstantiated claims on television.

Hartford Courant columnist, and WNPR radio host Colin McEnroe characterized Foley’s interview as Foley “spewing — a la Mel Gibson in “Conspiracy Theory” — a series of dimly sourced crypto-Masonic conspiracies.”

A Journal-Inquirer editorial, among others, took issue with Foley’s defense of relaying the allegations on TV by saying he has heard the information from more than one reliable source, and had therefore met the journalist standard, but he had not verified the facts himself.

“There probably isn’t even one news organization in Connecticut that would have published or broadcast his specific assertions on its own without checking them out first. But amazingly Foley said it was enough to make his charges simply because he had heard them and some people believe them.

An editorial from the New Haven Register called it ironic that Foley would make charges he didn’t have evidence to back up, when he similarly complained during the 2010 Republican primary when his rivals demanded he release records about two prior arrests.

“To raise that specter (of domestic violence) publicly without any evidence is a shameful lack of fair play in the public domain,” he said at the time,” Foley said in a statement at the time.

 

 

Following Claims of Unethical Behavior by Gov. Malloy, Columns Slam Tom Foley's Tactics

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