Former Sen. John Edwards' "hometown" Raleigh News & Observer continues to cover-up for him by telling readers nothing and asking Edwards nothing about the scandal which The Times headlines:
SLEAZE SCUPPERS DEMOCRAT GOLDEN BOYSubhead:
Gotcha: Senator John Edwards, whose wife has cancer, has been caught in a sex scandal that ends his vice-presidential hopesUnder Washington-based reporter Sarah Baxter’s byline, The Times of London’s report begins:
SCRATCH John Edwards off the list of potential vice-presidential candidates. The former White House contender, who had been hoping to get the nod from Barack Obama, is in the midst of a full-blown sex scandal.That's important news you wouldn't know if you depended for you r news solely on the Anything for Obama NY Times or the liberal/leftist Raleigh N&O, which many consider Edwards' “back pocket paper.”
The Times of London continues:
Every supermarket shopper knows that the preternaturally youthful former senator for North Carolina may have fathered a love child with a film-maker while Elizabeth, his saintly wife, is dying of cancer. There are sensational new details on the National Enquirer website, although most of the media have done their best to ignore them.”Well sourced” is an understatement. See my post: NE's Edwards-Hunter tryst story's verifiable.
The tabloid magazine cornered Edwards, 55, leaving a Los Angeles hotel where Rielle Hunter, his alleged mistress, and her baby were staying, at 2.40am last Tuesday. He ran down a hallway and dived into the men’s bathroom.
A hotel security guard confirmed the encounter. “His face just went totally white,” the guard said.
The story has been bubbling away for months, but so far there has been not a word about it in the mainstream newspapers, even though Edwards was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004 and has been tipped for a prominent job in an Obama administration – if not vice-president, then attorney-general or antipoverty tsar.
Edwards volunteered recently: “I’m prepared to consider seriously anything, anything [Obama] asks me to do for our country.”
He can stop waiting by the telephone. News of the “gotcha” rapidly circulated on the internet via the Drudge Report and has been buzzing on the blogs.
The Enquirer’s story appears to be well sourced. (all emphasis added)
The “not your Pinch Sulzberger’s” Times continues:
According to the magazine, Edwards arrived at the Beverly Hilton on Monday at 9.45pm after attending a meeting on homelessness in Los Angeles and was dropped off at a side entrance. Two rooms were allegedly booked for Hunter in a friend’s name.You can read The Times of London's entire story here.
Edwards emerged hours later and was confronted by journalists from the Enquirer. His usual spokesmen and defenders have scurried for cover behind a wall of “no comment”, while the details of the story have gone unchallenged.
Even so, Tony Pierce, editor of the Los Angeles Times, issued an edict to the paper’s own bloggers to stay off the subject. “Because the only source has been the National Enquirer, we have decided not to cover the rumours or salacious speculations,” he wrote.
Mickey Kaus, a blogger for Slate magazine, leaked the memo. He noted: “This was a sensational scandal that the Los Angeles Times and other mainstream papers passionately did not want to uncover when Edwards was a formal candidate and now that the Enquirer seems to have done the job for them it looks like they want everyone to shut up while they fail to uncover it again.”
The New York Times has not deigned to touch the story, although it recently ran thousands of words on a relationship between McCain and a female lobbyist, which appeared to be based more on innuendo than fact. ...
The Times of London story will help knock down the MSM “wall of silence” on this critically important story.
But how are we going to change outfits like the NY Times, the LAT and the Raleigh N&O which work to advance their party’s interests while ignoring their readers need for “the truth without fear or favor, regardless of any party, sect or interest involved?”
I’ll keep posting on the N&O’s cover-up of the scandal surrounding “golden boy” Edwards.