Sunday, July 27, 2008


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:

Gotcha: Senator John Edwards, whose wife has cancer, has been caught in a sex scandal that ends his vice-presidential hopes
Under 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.

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)
”Well sourced” is an understatement. See my post: NE's Edwards-Hunter tryst story's verifiable.

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.

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. ...
You can read The Times of London's entire story here.

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.


Pete said...

Is John Edward's private life that important ? Is this story a Republican Smear Campaign ? Politics and the media are are just brutal. Amazingly, as things were going so well for Barack Obama, all of a sudden this story hits the wire. Conspiracy or Fact ?

Anonymous said...

=>Amazingly, as things were going so well for Barack Obama, all of a sudden this story hits the wire.<=

I share your pain. This story appears to be false on its face.

John Edwards would never be so stupid or corrupt as to meet with his love mate at such a high profile hotel. It make no sense. It also has no bearing on Obama's plan for the country. Its really a non event.

Let's just ignore it, OK?


Anonymous said...

Since Edwards has stated that he wants to help Obama and be of service to his government in any way possible then yes, his private life is important. Frankly, one should always lead one's life in such a way that it is beyond reproach. A man (or woman) who takes an oath to be faithful to the person who shares his bed and then breaks that oath (I don't care what is the reason - get a divorce) cannot be trusted to keep any promises that he makes to an amorphous group of citizens with whom he has no real connection. I am tired of politicians, religious leaders, etc. who cannot keep their pants zipped - who believe that there exist one set of rules for them and another for the remainder of the populace. If Edwards did have an affair then he is a scumbag hypocrite and deserves whatever embarassment, hardship, etc. that he gets. I feel sorry for his wife and kids who ultimately suffer from the fallout.
Finally, those who constantly seek to find "republican dirty tricks" in every thing that happens to a Democrat need to get a grip. If anything, one should look at the Hillary "hands" in this story. There have been rumors for some time about Edwards but no hard hitting journalist has chosen to follow the story. Should the story be true, the only effect that it would have on the Obama campaign is that it takes Edwards out of the mix for either the vp slot (which I don't think that he has ever been under any serious consideration) or a cabinet post. Given that the populace is full of well qualified people, he should not have a problem choosing good people to serve as his running mate and (if elected) as his advisors.

Anonymous said...

To via JnC -

Is John Edward's private life that important? Probably not, but then symmetry should rule here. I recall quite clearly how Dan Quayle was skewered by the MSM for misspelling potato. I remember quite clearly how a Republican Speaker-elect prior to Speaker Hastert had to step down because of some peccadilloes, and how a Republican Senator from Idaho became a cause celeb when his feet were in the wrong position in a stall in a Minnesota airport.

It should not be one rule for Republicans and another for Democrats (although I have come expect just that from the MSM). If John Edwards is going to be a Vice-presidential candidate with St. Barack, then his peccadilloes should be exposed just like any Republican's.

Jack in Silver Spring