Dennis House taped “Face the State” with former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Thursday evening, and by Saturday Foley had sent out an email to supporters telling them not to miss his appearance: he would lay out “four examples of improprieties that are typical of the way the Malloy administration does business while shafting average citizens!” The contents of the program were embargoed , but this missive did not go unnoticed by some members of the news media. By the time the program aired Sunday morning at 11, reporters were watching. (The line “I’ve heard and people believe these to be true” was a personal favorite.) Many stories were written about Foley’s allegations; we think reporters will relate to what a Journal Inquirer editorial calls “Foley’s Insulting Attack on Journalism”:
Tom Foley, running again for the Republican nomination for governor, insulted journalism in Connecticut with his televised attack Sunday on Gov. Dannel Malloy. Asked in an interview on WFSB-TV’s “Face the State” program about his charges that Malloy administration insiders are getting “special deals,” Foley declared that his charges “meet journalistic standards.” But then he repeated what he acknowledged to be only rumors that he had not verified, and he provided no evidence for them. Does Foley really think that responsible news organizations operate this way? 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.
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