Le Affair Edwards

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I’m not going to say too much about this, because it’s pretty much all over but the crying. Well, for him anyway. As are his chances of seeing “Attorney General John Edwards” on the evening news if Obama wins in November.

He tried to lie his way out of the story, but as Richard Nixon and Bil Clinton both learned the hard way, it’s not the crime, it’s the cover up that gets you in the end.

The bigger part of this story is that it was the oft derided National Enquirer that broke the story while the soon to be extinct Main Stream Media made more excuses than John Belushi in “The Blues Brothers” when Carrie Fisher had him trapped in that tunnel.

For those of you who aren’t aware of it, this story broke almost two weeks ago in the Enquirer. It was almost totally ignored in the legacy media until a couple of days ago when it could no longer pretend that this was a private matter. Now Fox, CNN, and everyone else, having no choice in the matter, are covering the story. The National Enquirer broke the story of the affair in November of last year, but Edwards, who was still considered a viable candidate for President, denied it vociferously.

The Bill Clinton analogies are so obvious that I’ll leave them alone.

Speaking of former President Clinton, it was also the National Enquirer that broke the first details of his affair with Monica Lewinski.

A couple of things to consider before you comment. First, I’m not holding up the National Enquirer as an example of great journalism. Second, how important you think this type of story is will likely dictate how much weight you give to these revelations. The issue is that the media has a responsibility to report this type of news fairly, if they are going to report it at all. The New York Times had no problem revealing that Newt Gingrich was having an affair, nor did it have any problem reporting an ultimately false story about John McCain having an affair. For some reason though, the New York Times just hasn’t been able to find column space to print this story.

It’s that type of clearly partisan reporting that is causing the NY Times, other papers, and TV News to bleed readers and viewers. Smaller audiences mean smaller revenue, and that’s what’s killing the Main Stream Media.

Of course you’ve heard me say that before.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “New York Times”? “Papers”?What are these – like a blog? On paper? How would that work?I’m so confused.

  2. You laugh, but in a few years kids are going to ask exactly those questions. Of course RAH predicted this over 20 years before Al Gore invented the Internet. Or maybe more than 20. Paper and ink news media are going to go the way of the buggy whip, and not just for technological reasons. People have demonstrated they want the news unfiltered so that they can form their own opinions. Media that insists on acting as gatekeepers between the news and the audience are going to disappear as surely as cigarette machines in hospitals did.

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