We Have Standards, Y’Know [Dan Collins]
I’m so glad they never pander to our baser instincts:
It’s August. It’s the slowest news month of the year. Newspapers are dying on the vine.
But nobody wants to touch a sordid tale about a politician’s love life?
Former Rep. Gary Condit should have been so lucky.
Bill Clinton, Larry Craig, and Ted Kennedy can only gaze in wonder at the dearth of coverage.
In February, the New York Times (NYT:12.99, -0.51, -3.8%) spilled barrels of ink, and clear-cut a forest to tell the world that — hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean? — Sen. John McCain allegedly had had an affair. This was great stuff, until someone bothered to vet the story.
By those standards, the Enquirer’s reporting on Edwards is Pulitzer grade stuff. (They have a picture.)
However, they’re covering it at that trashy, sensationalistic British tabloid, The Daily Mail:
Barack Obama’s supporters yesterday tried to distance him from a potentially damaging sex scandal.
His possible running mate John Edwards faced renewed suggestions that he had a love child.
Mr Edwards was ordered to come clean on rumours of an affair with a campaign aide or stay away from the party.
My principal concern is that he’ll be forced to pull a TV preacher weepy apology so oleaginous that it kills all of the nation’s shorebirds.