'Missing' Republican Gov of SC, one time GOP 2012 Prez hopeful, was in Argentina being 'unfaithful to my wife'...
UPDATE: Fox 'News' does it again! Labels Sanford as a DEMOCRAT!
By Brad Friedman on 6/24/2009, 12:49pm PT  

We've been covering this on the Malloy Show, but I haven't been able to keep up with it on the blog, unfortunately. So, this just in:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admits to extramarital affair
Sanford admits to a love affair with an Argentine woman. 'The bottom line is this: I've been unfaithful to my wife.' He apologizes to his family and the people of South Carolina.

The very quick back-details:

Monday: Gov 'missing' for six days, didn't tell wife where he was, missed Father's Day with four sons. Wife says he was going off to write, staff says he was hiking Appalachian Trail.
Tuesday: Staff says Gov contacted them, was surprised at the hubbub, would return to office on Wed.
Today: Sanford caught by reporter returning from Argentina, not Appalachian Trail. Presser announced. Sanford admits affair.

All of that follows, of course, on the recent admission by the GOP's other (once) 2012 Presidential hopeful, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, that he, too, was having an affair. If I have time to fill in more back details here later, with links, I will.

UPDATE: Fox "News" does it again! Labels Sanford as a "(D)" Democrat as he was admitting to affair! Screenshot follows below...

(hat-tip Kos)

This is not the first time for such an "accident" by Fox. They did the same with Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) after the revelations about his obscene text messages to under age Congressional pages, as The BRAD BLOG broke back in 2006...

FURTHER UPDATE: Media Matters reminds us of this similar gem as well...

And RAW STORY has links to still more such "accidents" by our friends at Fox.

UPDATE 6/25/09: Fox issues a rare apology for identifying Sanford as a Democrat. Video at Media Matters. For the record, they never apologized for Foley, despite having misidentified him as a "D" at least three times during O'Reilly's primetime, the most watched on cable news. As we reported at the time, Fox producers said "everyone knows" Foley is a Republican, so they "didn't feel it was necessary to run a specific on-air correction".