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Edwards scandal idicts MSM and political bloggers

Saturday, August 09, 2008 by Dave Winer.

This morning two editorials one in the LA Times and the other in The Moderate Voice, a political blog, provide a fresh perspective on the Edwards scandal. Permalink to this paragraph

The story broke in the National Enquirer, months ago, long before the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, yet mainstream press and bloggers failed to carry the story and investigate further. So far the stories have only been about the failure of mainstream press, but bloggers failed too.  Permalink to this paragraph

CNN interviewed the editor in chief of the Enquirer, David Perel, yesterday. Permalink to this paragraph

Tim Rutten, writing in the Times says that this will "dethrone" mainstream media and "signals the end of the era in which traditional media set the limits of acceptable political journalism." Permalink to this paragraph

Shaun Mullen, writing in The Moderate Voice says: "The mainstream media let us down yet again by failing to take seriously first rumors and then credible accounts of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair." Permalink to this paragraph

Neither statement goes far enough.  Permalink to this paragraph

The reports were out there, there was tentative coverage in MSM and blogs, but the story we all took the word of reputable sources over the disreputable Enquirer.  Permalink to this paragraph

Rutten is right, it'll never be the same again. Permalink to this paragraph

Update: I've Been Banned At DailyKos Because Of John EdwardsPermalink to this paragraph

That's what happens when you "blog" somewhere you can be banned for saying something unpopular.  Permalink to this paragraph

Blogging is the unedited voice of a personPermalink to this paragraph

Kos is definitely not a blogging platform, if this story is true. Permalink to this paragraph


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