Thursday, July 24, 2008

Inquiring Minds Want to Know...About Both the John Edwards Scandal and Why the MSM Is Refusing to Mention It

And the interest isn't mere salaciousness. This isn't an actor or a rock star that we're talking about, but a man who is still being talked about as a possible vice-presidential candidate.

So why isn't the media even asking John Edwards about it? The double standard at play within the MSM as they pursue (even invent) negative stories about conservatives while defending, justifying or ignoring altogether negative stories about liberals just continues to become more irresponsibly absurd.

Below are a couple of excerpts from DBKP's interview with the editor of the tabloid which uncovered and then stayed with the John Edwards matter.

How did the supermarket checkout staple, The National Enquirer, scoop the combined forces of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, Time Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, New York Times and the rest of the mainstream press in the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter Love Child affair?

“Inquiring minds want to know.”

After an hour-long interview with David Perel, Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer, we can now say with certainty: it was easy. The steadfast “cone of silence” placed on the story by the Mainstream Media (MSM) made it easy for anyone willing to do the legwork to grab the story from a decidedly-uninterested “respectable” press...

Mondo: It’s been over ten months since the Enquirer broke the Edwards scandal; seven-plus months since the December story that named Rielle Hunter as the “other woman” and showed her visibly pregnant. What was the Enquirer doing in the last seven months that the major press organizations could have been doing, but didn’t, that allowed you scoop them?

DP: We stayed on the story. We did it the old-fashioned way, with lots of legwork. We did what the major news organizations used to do: we knocked on doors, ran down leads and talked to people...

Mondo: Have you ever seen a more blatant–what we’ve called it–”media blackout” of any story the Enquirer has broken than the Edwards affair?

DP: No. Amazing, simply amazing. It wasn’t a total blackout, but very nearly...