This is how the right wing noise machine works
Drudge has since pulled this "exclusive" because it was proven false, but last night, Congressman Chris Cannon (R-Ut) used the Drudge story, referencing it to minimize the situation.
"These kids are actually precocious kids," Cannon, R-Utah, told KSL Radio's Nightside. "It looks like uh, maybe this one email is a prank where you had a bunch of kids sitting [around] egging this guy on."
Blatant lies validated by Drudge. This is how it works.
UPDATE: NYTimes on the Foley politics. "Talk radio hosts, working off a list of talking points distributed by Republican Party officials...."