As a former New Englander, I remember when Rhode Island representative Patrick J. Kennedy was driven home in Washington, D. C. after a small automobile accident. His spokespeople reported that he was taking sleeping pills and had suffered side effects. There were other drug-related incidents, and Representative Kennedy eventually entered a short rehabilitation program for OxyContin use. He was re-elected until 2010, when he decided not to run for office.
Fast forward to 2013.
On January 27, 2014, the Christian Science Monitor reported:
Congressman Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of narcotics possession in November, after he was caught Oct. 29 trying to buy 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover federal agent in Washington’s Dupont Circle area. During his trial, he reportedly told Judge Robert Tignor that he had “hit a bottom” and realized that he needs help. Radel was sentenced to a one-year probation and a $250 fine.
The story was widely reported.
Today, this story was reported in the Huffington Post:
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that Andrews was leaving to take a job at a Philadelphia law firm.
Andrews is the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation over whether he improperly spent campaign cash to pay for personal trips to Scotland and Los Angeles, and over allegations that he used a graduation party for his daughter to raise funds. His legal bills have risen as a result of the investigation.
A resignation would likely end the ethics investigation against him.
The story also appears at ABC News, but Representative Andrews political party is not mentioned in that version of the story.
Above are some examples of why we need alternative media.