Jim Shea: Applying Tom Foley's Journalistic Standards To Tom Foley

Truth, vetting sources is overrated

The state's journalistic establishment jumped all over Tom Foley this past week after the probable Republican candidate for governor went on television and accused the Malloy administration of wide spread unethical behavior.

So, why would that get journalist tightie-whities in a collective wedgie?

When pressed for evidence to support his allegations, Foley admitted he didn't have any. He said he was making the charges based on things he had heard. He also said what he was charging might not be totally true, that this didn't matter because he believes it is true, and that he had met common "journalistic standards."

The Weak is firmly in Foley's corner on this one.

Journalists have always been overly obsessed with things like truth and fairness. I can't tell you the number of great stories that have never seen the black of print just because nitpicks such as facts couldn't be verified.

Reporters can stew in their old fashioned ethics if they want, but from now on The Weak is going to rely on Tom Foley's journalistic standards, beginning with some new revelations about his arrests in 1981.

What is known about the 1981 arrest following a party in the Hamptons, is this: The vehicle Foley was driving hit another car. Foley called the incident a minor traffic accident. Police called it first degree attempted assault. He spent the night in jail.

The Weak has heard that the reason Foley's car hit the other vehicle was because there were so many strippers in the front seat that he couldn't see out of the windshield.

Also, The Weak has heard that the police were originally going to charge Foley with first degree attempted assault with a bong, but decided to give him a break after he passed out while trying to remove his pants over his head.

Again, these accusations may not be true, but this is what people are saying. (Or maybe that was the voices are saying, which would constitute two sources.)

Anyway.

The Weak loves the new Tom Foley journalism.

So let's get this straight

A guy is in a bank in Glastonbury where he sees a man with a gun on his person. So he becomes concerned and notifies bank personnel. It gets a bit confusing after that, but eventually the police are called, check out the guy with the gun and determine he has a valid permit. Police then track down the guy who alerted the bank staff, interview him, and charge him with breach of peace for, ostensibly, upsetting the bank staff by alerting them. The lesson here: If you see something, don't say something.

Five signs summer is over

It's pitch dark when the alarm goes off.

The weekend air quality is poor from all the deep-fat frying.

There is a whole new lineup of network TV shows to hate.

The Christmas catalogs begin piling up.

You can't turn around without a gardener offering you tomatoes, eggplants, or a zucchini they swear looks like Nixon.

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