Through The Static

August 9, 2008

Reticence of Mainstream Media Becomes a Story Itself

Filed under: Eeeeep!,Media,Politics — disciplepete @ 9:41 am

This article is about the mainstream media not pursuing the John Edwards affair story, which was actually primarily covered by the National Enquirer until very recently. I personally don’t think the Edwards affair story is important, but it is the type of trivia the mainstream media usually thrives on. Oh, and Tranimal, I won’t make fun of you for your National Enquirer subscription anymore! NYT:

For almost 10 months, the story of John Edwards’s affair remained the nearly exclusive province of the National Enquirer — through reports, denials, news of a pregnancy, questions about paternity and, finally, a slapstick chase through a hotel in Beverly Hills.Political blogs, some cable networks and a few newspapers reported on it — or, more accurately, reported on The Enquirer reporting on it. Jay Leno andDavid Letterman made Mr. Edwards the butt of jokes on their late-night shows, but their own networks declined to report on the rumors surrounding him on the evening news. Why?

A number of news organizations with resources far greater than The Enquirer’s, like The New York Times, say they looked into the Edwards matter and found nothing solid enough to report, while others did not look at all.

Some of their comments point to a lack of interest in a story about the private conduct of an also-ran presidential candidate, and a distaste for following the lead of a publication they hold in low esteem. Only in Mr. Edwards’s home state, North Carolina, did newspapers aggressively chase the story in the last few weeks.

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