On CNN, Falwell declared Foley scandal "minuscule in comparison" to having "lived through Bill Clinton"; no follow-up from Zahn
On the November 2 edition  of CNN's The Situation Room, Moral Majority Coalition founder and chairman Rev. Jerry Falwell declared that the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) is "not going to discourage any evangelicals I know from voting" because "[w]e lived through Bill Clinton, and this situation with Foley is minuscule in comparison." Co-host Paula Zahn did not follow up on Falwell's assertion or note a major difference between the two cases, as Media Matters for America has noted : Foley allegedly sent sexually explicit Internet communications to underage former House pages, while former President Bill Clinton had an affair with an adult.
As Media Matters also noted , in an October 9 article, Philadelphia Inquirer senior writer Larry Eichel characterized an admitted affair between Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA) and a "woman in her 20s" as "Clintonian," even though the affair was reportedly exposed as a result of allegations that Sherwood had "repeatedly chok[ed]" and "attempt[ed] to strangle" his former mistress.
From the November 2 edition of CNN's The Situation Room:
ZAHN: One final question for you about this administration: A number of evangelicals have also told me they are very angry about how government spending has increased during this administration -- the highest rate since an administration going back to the '60s. Are you troubled by that?
FALWELL: Well, I have to admit that I am not -- I am more of a fiscal conservative than some there -- but I want to say that I -- that is not where my heart is. My heart is in the sanctity of life and marriage and values and defense against terrorism. I support what the president's doing in Iraq, and if they're spending too much money, then I'll let someone else yell about that. But this president -- it's like this Mark Foley thing -- that's not going to discourage any evangelicals I know from voting. We lived through Bill Clinton, and this situation with Foley is minuscule in comparison. So, I really think it's making a mountain out of a molehill.
ZAHN: All right.
FALWELL: My people are all voting pro-life, pro-family. They'll do it next Tuesday.
ZAHN: And very quickly, although you say you're not going to yell about this increased government spending, am I to interpret that you're not too crazy about it either. You wish that weren't the case?
FALWELL: Well, I'm not going to -- I'm not going to say that at all, because I'm not knowledgeable enough. That's not my field, and most of the people who are yelling, it isn't their field either.