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About That Last Column ...

I keep hearing that people thought my last column, called The Last Transcript and supposedly including new Mark Foley IM exchanges with a page, was real. It wasn't. Here are some clues that it was a goof:

The story begins: "In an unprecedented journalistic coup ..."

Who starts a story that way? Then, before the fake transcript, I wrote, "reader discretion is strongly discouraged."

It's a joke, you.

Then the transcript is way too on the nose for Foley to have ever said it. There were lines like, "then i had to drop out of the senate race... no way florida republicans would nominate me... omigod, they hate fags!" and ridiculous exchanges like

:

"Xxxxx: did hastert do anything?

Maf54: besides cover it up? ; )"

And:

"Xxxxx: mark, do you relize ur like a fundamentalist christian caricature of a gay man?

Maf54: if that involves an incredibly hard boner, then i plead guilty"

It's full of stuff like that, but I guess the lesson of all this is that the real Mark Foley scandal is so absurd that almost anything is believable.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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