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Why the Press Is Ignoring the Edwards "Love Child" Story?
Slate Magazine ^ | July 23, 2008 | Jack Shafer

Posted on 07/23/2008 5:49:48 PM PDT by Kleebo151

Everybody had a good laugh last August when Roll Call broke the story about Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, getting arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for playing footsies in a toilet stall...

...But if Edwards had an affair and lied about it, shouldn't he suffer scrutiny akin to that of Craig? At least three-dozen daily newspapers in the United States published the Craig news the day after the Roll Call scoop, according to Nexis, but this morning not a single U.S. daily mentioned the Enquirer piece.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doublestandard; edwards; johnedwards; larrycraig; mediabias; riellehunter; scandals; slate
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Good question.
1 posted on 07/23/2008 5:49:48 PM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: Kleebo151

BECAUSE HE’S A DEMOCRAP!


2 posted on 07/23/2008 5:52:02 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Kleebo151

Easy answer: D means no story.


3 posted on 07/23/2008 5:52:32 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Kleebo151

Er, because Edwards has been completely forgotten?

Probably only 5% of the public could identify him.


4 posted on 07/23/2008 5:52:55 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Kleebo151

Breck girl is irrelevant. Hillary be the man.


5 posted on 07/23/2008 5:53:27 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Lee'sGhost

exactly!


6 posted on 07/23/2008 5:53:48 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Kleebo151

Because they can. And we can’t stop them.


7 posted on 07/23/2008 5:54:02 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Kleebo151

Because they are all swooning over Obama.


8 posted on 07/23/2008 5:55:28 PM PDT by tapatio
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To: Lee'sGhost
"So why hasn't the press commented on the story yet? Is it because it broke too late yesterday afternoon, and news organizations want to investigate it for themselves before writing about it? Or are they observing a double standard that says homo-hypocrisy is indefensible but that hetero-hypocrisy deserves an automatic bye? That's my sense."

Well your wrong. It has nothing to do with homo-hetero. It's Party Affiliation, Stupid!!

9 posted on 07/23/2008 5:55:55 PM PDT by Reo
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To: Kleebo151

He’s a dem.

But, the LA Times is running with it today.


10 posted on 07/23/2008 5:55:59 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Kleebo151

Both instances show bad character. But Craig’s was illegal.

Edward’s story is scummy and more commonplace (sadly), but I think it will get pleny of play, at least equal to the amount of interest that Edward’s can generate. And let’s face it, he’s BORING.


11 posted on 07/23/2008 5:56:18 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Dahoser
The Enquirer has new details in its website:

We can now reveal that the man who drove Edwards was Bob McGovern, the same man who drove Rielle to the hotel from Santa Barbara and rented her room in his name. He was driving a 1999 four-door midnight blue BMW.

Said Butterfield: "The car had a baby seat in the back for Rielle's infant. He pulled into the parking lot, took a ticket from the automated machine, pulled forward, and stopped right after the parking gate lowered. Edwards got out of the passenger side, walked around the front of the car and went in a side entrance near the swimming pool.

"McGovern parked the car and then slowly walked back inside the hotel and went upstairs."

In the aftermath of our exclusive story, the NATIONAL ENQUIRER has now learned:

* Edwards' advisers are "spitting mad and furious" that his late-night escapades have made international headlines because it could derail his chances of becoming Barack Obama's running mate.

* Edwards has not explained his whereabouts to any members of other news media outlets who have been trying to follow up on the story.

* His mistress, blonde divorcee Rielle, meanwhile, has returned to her home in Santa Barbara, Calif., and sources say she is "in despair" that Edwards might cut off contact with her because their latest rendezvous has been exposed in the media.

After we posted the details of Edwards shocking meeting with Rielle, political sources close to Edwards revealed how he was candidly scolded by his advisors hours later...

More

12 posted on 07/23/2008 5:57:05 PM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: proxy_user

Maybe Silky Pony was in the other America when he hooked up with his new Ho’!


13 posted on 07/23/2008 5:57:05 PM PDT by Holicheese (Hillary deserves the CMoH for her time in Tuzla!)
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To: Kleebo151

More here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2050253/posts


14 posted on 07/23/2008 5:57:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Kleebo151
Easy. Steely's first law of the MSM: If it doesn't advance the agenda, it's not news.
15 posted on 07/23/2008 5:58:25 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: Kleebo151

FR yanked the story as well. Must be false.


16 posted on 07/23/2008 5:58:33 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Kleebo151
The term you'd want would be "lust child"; nobody could love a pig like that.
17 posted on 07/23/2008 5:59:31 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Kleebo151

I messed up the title. The question mark at the end shouldn’t be there. Can a mod please fix it?

It should read: “Why the Press Is Ignoring the Edwards “Love Child” Story”, that is, the story doesn’t ask why. It explains why.


18 posted on 07/23/2008 6:00:52 PM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: Kleebo151

hypocrisy:

1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.

Edwards isn’t a public champion of strict fidelity, so I don’t see the hypocrisy charge. Doing something that you know is wrong is not hypocritical, it’s just a failing.

So, Edwards is a failure at more than politics, that’s all.


19 posted on 07/23/2008 6:02:02 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (If you don't vote, you don't matter.)
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To: Kleebo151

They ignored the Monica story also.

Be patient.


20 posted on 07/23/2008 6:02:17 PM PDT by Former War Criminal
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To: Glenn

The thread from yesterday? It was moved to Chat.


21 posted on 07/23/2008 6:03:04 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Kleebo151

Ain’t ignoring it any more. LA Times ran with the story this afternoon.


22 posted on 07/23/2008 6:03:08 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: mware
Please.

It ran on an electronic blog of the LA Times - not much of an audience.

23 posted on 07/23/2008 6:04:30 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Kleebo151

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2050253/posts


24 posted on 07/23/2008 6:05:17 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: Miss Didi
RUSH: The funniest part of this to me is the Breck Girl ran into a bathroom and feverishly got on a cell phone calling hotel security to come rescue him. I'm picturing in my head the Breck Girl's combing his hair in there getting ready for his big exit knowing that there are photographers out there. (cont.)



Drive-Bys Ignore National Enquirer on Breck Girl Affair, Love Child
25 posted on 07/23/2008 6:05:31 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Kleebo151
Hmm... maybe Sen. Larry Craig has a point? /sarc
26 posted on 07/23/2008 6:06:19 PM PDT by afortiori
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To: Kleebo151

When I was a very young Airman an old Staff Sergeant gave me some very good advice. He told me that every time a man thinks with the head of his d*** all it does is get him in trouble. Never seen his advice go wrong.


27 posted on 07/23/2008 6:06:56 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: LdSentinal

MSNBC had a blurb about it on their website, too. The dam is leaking badly and is about to burst completely. They can’t sit on it any longer. I know these scummy Drive-By types.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/07/23/1218422.aspx
An LA Times blog, meanwhile, looks at the National Enquirer rumors. Per Drudge, Edwards has responded: “I don’t talk about these tabloids. Tabloid trash is full of lies.”


28 posted on 07/23/2008 6:08:22 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Per Drudge, Edwards has responded: “I don’t talk about these tabloids. Tabloid trash is full of lies.”

Sort of like a vast right wing conspiracy?

29 posted on 07/23/2008 6:09:59 PM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: wendy1946

I’m afraid to guess which one you think is the pig, wendy.
“;^o


30 posted on 07/23/2008 6:14:12 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Kleebo151

since Rush mentioned it on his show today it should be forced to a more “newsworthy” status, but I bet, if the story is true, Johnny is glad for Dolly’s timing...


31 posted on 07/23/2008 6:14:25 PM PDT by antioscar
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To: Kleebo151

It seems that the MSM’s desire to sweep this under the rug is clashing with it’s desire to get ratings. Rating will win. They’re only running with it now because the blogs broke the story and they don’t want to look foolish (more foolish?).

Personally, I hope none of it is true. I don’t like Edwards and I think his wife is a Grade A B*tch, but even she doesn’t deserve this. Neither do their kids.


32 posted on 07/23/2008 6:19:51 PM PDT by Laptop_Ron (Jindal/Palin '12)
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To: afortiori
LOL!! Man, is that her?? She looks like she just saw a guy making a “dooty” on her front porch. A face to sink a thousand ships. She must have something going for her, I guess maybe a “snappy gyro”?
33 posted on 07/23/2008 6:26:09 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Kleebo151

It’s because he’s a liberal Democrat who will have a very prominent role in an Obambi administration, so of course the MSM will shun such a story like the plague.


34 posted on 07/23/2008 6:26:18 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Kleebo151
running from tabloid reporters when approached and hiding in a hotel bathroom for 15 minutes

Perhaps there's some similarity to the Craig case. /s

Did anyone try to toe tap or wide stance Edwards?

35 posted on 07/23/2008 6:26:58 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Laptop_Ron

Hey, it is Karma!


36 posted on 07/23/2008 6:29:45 PM PDT by GregoryFul
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To: SaxxonWoods
Edwards isn’t a public champion of strict fidelity, so I don’t see the hypocrisy charge. Doing something that you know is wrong is not hypocritical, it’s just a failing.

Yeah, but all those women who watched Elizabeth on TV talking about her battle with cancer might not take to kindly to the thought that he's schtupping the sexy blonde while his wife is likely dying.

37 posted on 07/23/2008 6:35:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: afortiori

She must be able to suck the chrome off a trailer hitch because that is one UGLY kisser!


38 posted on 07/23/2008 6:36:28 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Having a D next to your name means there will be an automatic coverup. Can you believe this guy did this to his wife who has cancer?


39 posted on 07/23/2008 6:37:42 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: afortiori
Wow! She looks like that Camilla person over in England ... you know, Prince Charles' (ahem) wife?

g

40 posted on 07/23/2008 6:37:53 PM PDT by Geezerette (... but young at heart!-)
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To: Kleebo151


She kind of looks like Hugh Laurie (as Bertie Wooster) wearing a wig.
41 posted on 07/23/2008 6:38:16 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: afortiori

Look’s like a chick from a beer and shot joint in Buffalo, Same look you get from them when you tell them “get in the truck”


42 posted on 07/23/2008 6:38:31 PM PDT by reefdiver (Had Enough? Drill 4 OIL)
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To: All
This just in!! Pic of actual toilet!


43 posted on 07/23/2008 6:39:01 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: GregoryFul

Could be, but I still can’t bring myself to feel good about it.

If we revel in stuff like this, are we any better than the libtards?


44 posted on 07/23/2008 6:39:41 PM PDT by Laptop_Ron (Jindal/Palin '12)
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To: Dr. Sivana
For comparison:


45 posted on 07/23/2008 6:41:33 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Kleebo151

In all seriousness, if this is true, the Edwards family needs some help. Not from a phony Jesse Jackass type Reverend either.


46 posted on 07/23/2008 6:46:49 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Dr. Sivana

Gives ‘high mileage’ a whole new dimension.


47 posted on 07/23/2008 6:49:58 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: SuziQ

“Yeah, but all those women who watched Elizabeth on TV talking about her battle with cancer might not take to kindly to the thought that he’s schtupping the sexy blonde while his wife is likely dying.”


Agreed, SuziQ. Well, except for the “sexy” part. Maybe that’s just a really bad photo.


48 posted on 07/23/2008 6:50:09 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (If you don't vote, you don't matter.)
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To: Kleebo151

Someone needs to ask Elizabeth if she has any comments. The wives reaction usually will tell you volumes.


49 posted on 07/23/2008 6:55:37 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Kleebo151

Let me guess. Is it because all the news writers, editors, and publishers are Democrats? Could that be it?

This website and others like it, and talk radio, exist primarily because the news media is biased. And “journalism schools” are busy cranking out more graduates who are not only biased, but indoctrinated. So I would expect more alternative conservative news outlets in the future.


50 posted on 07/23/2008 6:57:54 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Boycott Washington D.C. until they allow gun ownership)
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