You can say what you want about Michelle Malkin (and many of you never miss a chance to bash her- often, myself included), but she nails it in this post regarding the ‘outing’ of the page who had the IM conversations with Foley:
For the past two days, a conservative blogger has ginned up publicity for his work outing a 21-year-old young man–a former congressional page and current deputy campaign manager for a heartland Republican congressman–who received sexually explicit instant messages from disgraced Florida GOP Rep. Mark Foley when he was 17 and 18 years old. I have received several e-mails from the blogger and readers flogging the post.
I refused to link to the blogger then and even though the Drudge Report has plastered screaming headlines about the blogger’s scoop, I refuse to link to it now. There was absolutely no good reason to expose the former congressional page’s name and identity. Seizing on ABC News’ redaction failure and reporting errors (more on that in a moment) to play gotcha in a feeble attempt to avenge Foley is not a sufficient reason to obliterate the young man’s privacy. The young man was the prey, not the predator.***
The right thing for the conservative outing mob to have done would have been to halt the gotcha locomotive and make a good-faith effort to ask the young man if he was Brian Ross’s primary source or “accuser.” But nobody gave him a chance to verify that before his name was dragged out into the open.
Michelle is exactly right, and those pushing his name should be ashamed of themselves (especially the creepy cyberstalker who made it his job to track the kid down). Sadly, PJ Media (of which I am a member) and the Instapundit seem to have been major forces (although most of it was Drudge) in helping to make sure this kid’s identity was blown wide open. That isa shame, and they should be embarassed. Someone posted a link to the website in the comments section here, and I immediately deleted it when I saw it. That is the right thing to do, and who this kid is is none of our damned business. He has ben through enough- let him live his life and stay out of his damned business.
Foley, Hastert, the do-nothing leadership- they are all fair game. Leave this kid alone.