Friday, August 08, 2008

McClatchy’s N&O’s unbelievable “credible” sources

This past Sunday, Ted Vaden, the Raleigh News & Observer’s public editor pitched readers the N&O’s explanation for why it had never published anything about the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair until just days before; and then only a few details buried in the "B" section.

Vaden didn’t remind readers the former Senator, Presidential-nominee candidate and self-described “poverty fighter” has been an N&O favorite since he entered public life.

Vaden said nothing about the N&O’s 1998 endorsement of Edwards during his only Senate race; or the N&O's 2004 endorsement when Edwards ran for Vice-president with Sen. John Kerry.

And Vaden never explained why the Dems at McClatchy’s N&O reported nothing last year about Edwards’ affair with Hunter and her pregnancy, even when Edwards and Hunter both publicly denied the affair and another man in the N&O’s circulation area, Andrew Young (not the former UN Amb.) stepped forward to say he was the daddy.

Wouldn't you think the N&O, which John Edwards calls "my hometown newspaper," would view Edwards as a "credible source of news?"

But this past Sunday public editor Vaden told N&O readers:

The N&O approached the story cautiously. On Wednesday, John Drescher, executive editor, told me that N&O reporters were investigating the allegations but that the paper would not publish a story about the tabloid report. "I don't view the National Enquirer as a credible source of news," he said.
There you go.

That’s what readers and advertisers pay the N&O to do, right?

"Filtering the news" is what former N&O executive editor for news Melanie Sill called it.

By the way, does anyone know why the N&O thought Crystal Mangum was such a "credible source of news?"

Vaden's entire column's here.


Anonymous said...

Crystal Mangum's "credibility" was solely based on her skin color and gender. To mainstream media, a Black female is automatically validated as a source of highest credibility. Conversely, a White male has no inherent credibility unless he is a leftwing nut; then he is considered almost as credible as a Black female, especially if the Black female is a prostitute carrying DNA samples of at least five unknown males within her working spaces.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...


'The N&O approached the story cautiously."

I guess "cautiously" means that it's too much trouble to dial Edwards phone number and ask if he was at the Beverly Hilton.

The N&O level of arrogance (or stupidity) is mindboggling.


Anonymous said...

Way to go John. I would say you just exposed Vaden for the liberal hack that he is and "filtering the news"????? Isn't that what Communist China does??

Anonymous said...

How will N&O 'filter the news" of JEdwards admissions to ABC this afternoon?

Anonymous said...


ABC News.....

"He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father."

I see.

So why was Edwards caught in a secret meeting at the Beverly Hilton at 2:30 in the morning? Was he just out for some fresh air?

Each lie becomes less credible.


Stephen said...


Now that Edwards has admitted the affair to ABC News, does the N&O have a different take?


Anonymous said...

The Charlotte Observer editor did a much better job of pursuing the Edwards story than his fellow N&O editors did.