Friday, August 08, 2008

Tabloid Outshines Mainstream Media Again

It is sad to say, but sometimes you have to read the sleazy tabloids to learn the truth about our politicians. The National Enquirer, as it has on previous occasions, broke a story on a major political candidate. This time it was presidential candidate John Edwards. The Enquirer informed us the married Edwards had an affair with a campaign associate and fathered a child with her. The mainstream media ignored the story. The Enquirer stayed on it. And now Edwards admits the "tabloid trash" as he called it was entirely true--at least with respect to the affair. He hasn't taken a paternity test to determine if he is the father of the child yet. Here is part of Edwards' statement:

In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99% honest is no longer enough.

I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.

I'll now be accepting apologies from the Democratic bloggers who trashed me for discussing the Enquirer's report on this blog. When the tabloids take away time from the Hollywood celebrities to take on politicians, it's usually because the mainstream media is covering up for the politician. Yes, Robert Altman is a big shot for the Enquirer and a close friend of the Clintons. Edwards supporters will no doubt blame the Clintons. The real question should be focused on why the media chose to ignore Edwards' blatant hypocrisy. You can bet they wouldn't ignore a similar story about a Republican or a Christian minister.


Bart Lies said...

If I were Ms. Hunter, I'd be very afraid. Involvements with politicians have a habit of resulting in mysterious 'suicides.'

Jon E. Easter said...

I will not apologize because there's nothing to apologize for. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes.

In this case, I will gladly eat crow however. Baked with feathers, please.

Sean Shepard said...

Keeping in mind I'm not a partisan hack (at least not D or R) I have noticed a trend:

Kennedy (D) - Cheater
Carter (D) - "Lusted in his heart"
Clinton (D) - Cheater
Edwards (D) - Cheater

Nixon (R) - Not a cheater (and not a crook? LOL)
Ford (R) - Not a cheater.
Reagan (R) - Not a cheater.
Bush Sr. (R) - Not a cheater.
Dole (R) - Not a cheater.
Bush Jr. (R) - Not a cheater.

So either one group is just so dumb they always get caught or even their wives can't trust them?

Mark said...

"I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen." -- John Edwards regarding Bill Clinton, Feb. 12, 1999.

Chris Ward said...

AI, as a long time reader of your blog, I applaud you for raising the issue of a double standard towards liberals/Democrats within the MSM. I sincerely believe what goes on between two consenting adults should stay as just that. It strikes me as unfortunate that it depends on the letter after your name whether or not your personal life gets aired out.

Vox Populi said...

I was an Edwards supporter and am deeply saddened by what happened. At the same time, the right wingers salivating over this story neglect to mention (maybe they didn't know??) that John McCain cheated on his cancer-stricken wife with an heiress over 20 years younger than him.

MissouriDemocrat said...

vox populi and i think the right wingers seem to overlook Newt's indiscretion with a congressional staffer at the same time they were hanging bill clinton out to dry in the impeachment debacle. I hate to become a Bible quoter but Paul wrote, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God". I think private lives of politicians and hollywood stars would best be left private. our societies attraction to reading trashy stories about others only underscores its ignorance toward the real issues that need to be addressed and solved. It is a shame we all can't concentrate on the solving our nations problems instead of reading sleezy stories online and in the Enquirer.

Bart Lies said...

If Vox is going to tell stories, tell the entire story.

Carol McCain was wheelchair-bound due to an auto accident, she was not 'cancer stricken'.

And John's divorce settlement provided for her continued medical care, leaving her quite well-off, the way it sounds:

"Carol, who remains on good terms with her former husband, generally has avoided reporters interested in hearing her side of the story."

"She did briefly address her divorce to Timberg: "The breakup of our marriage was not caused by my accident or Vietnam or any of those things. I don't know that it might not have happened if John had never been gone. I attribute it more to John turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again than I do to anything else."

"In the divorce settlement, McCain was generous with Carol, the mother of their daughter Sidney and two sons, whom McCain had adopted. Among other things, McCain gave Carol the rights to houses in Florida and Virginia and agreed to provide insurance or pay for additional treatment she was expected to require."

Concerned Taxpayer said...

"the right wingers salivating over this story neglect to mention (maybe they didn't know??) that John McCain cheated on his cancer-stricken wife with an heiress over 20 years younger than him."

No, they DIDN'T, vox populi. THAT'S a DAMN lie. That story was ALL OVER the MSM, print and video. The only stories they DON'T cover are those involving democrats or liberals.

Vox Populi said...

Sorry Bart Lies, I was mixing up McCain and former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich's stories.

What I find most interesting is that McCain has little of his own personal wealth, so he bought off his former wife's silence with Cindy's property and money? Ouch.

M Theory said...

I wish the tabloid would dig into the Larry Sinclair story. I don't believe he's making it up and the Obama camp is going through extraordinary lengths to keep the story out of mainstream news.

Thanks for covering it here, Gary. I wish you would do an update for audiences here in Indianapolis. As you know, much more has happened since Larry's National Press Club conference.

Bart Lies said...

Not even being in politics at the time of his divorce, what 'silence' was he buying, exactly?

ALthough boring and mundane, perhaps they simply didn't want to be married to each other and there was nothing sinister or secretive about it. From all accounts they seem to have had an amicable divorce.

Jon E. Easter said...

Nixon (R) - Not a cheater (and not a crook? LOL)
Ford (R) - Not a cheater.
Reagan (R) - Not a cheater.
Bush Sr. (R) - Not a cheater.
Dole (R) - Not a cheater.
Bush Jr. (R) - Not a cheater.

Nixon...Are you kidding me? Only the most corrupt administration since Harding!

Ford...A great man.

Reagan...There were allegations of infidelity. He was also a divorcee.

H.W. Bush...Tabloid allegations of an affair.

Dole...A good fellow didn't agree with him politically.

W. Bush...Alcoholic and alleged coke addict. Admitted that he was not the person he is today (morally) before he was 40. Still, has sent thousands to die in Iraq for no apparent reason other than politics.

"Clinton lied but nobody died," the late Julia Carson. Yes, I know all the ridiculous allegations about Vince Foster, etc. So don't even try it.

Concerned Taxpayer said...

"What I find most interesting is that McCain has little of his own personal wealth, so he bought off his former wife's silence with Cindy's property and money? Ouch."

Kinda like John "I served in Viet Nam" Kerry?

Gary R. Welsh said...

Sinclair's story has been covered by the tabloids, including the mysterious murder of Donald Young, the choir director at Trinity Church of Christ who Sinclair claims told him he had an intimate relationship with Obama a short time before he was found shot to death.

Sean Shepard said...

I think Jon missed the sarcasm in my notes after the Nixon entry. ;-)

And somebody did mention Gingrich.. and wasn't there something about Rudy too?

guy77money said...

Hey Sean lets not group Carter in with the rest of the silly Democrats! I read the article when it was first published in Playboy and he stated that like all men he "Lusted in his heart" after woman but he never cheated on his wife. Say what you want about his Presidency but Jimmy was and still is a good man!

Sean Shepard said...

Hey money77 ... yeah I know. I've long said that I thought Carter was a good and decent man but a horrible, horrible president.

In the past several years though he has said and done enough stupid things that I've started to second guess that opinion a bit.

And I was kind of being a bit tongue in cheek with Carter and Nixon on those lists. ;-)

guy77money said...

Hey Sean I caught the sarcasm! It is amazing when I post the people that take it seriously when your trying to make a joke! My favorite president is still Nixon! I would have loved to sit in with that guy while he was talking to a psychiatrist. He opened up the western world to China and ruined the office of the presidency all in a couple of terms! Truly a head case to be studied!

varangianguard said...


Some additions to your list:

Grover Cleveland (D) - paid off a mistress who had his child. At least he fessed right up to it when confronted with the story. Very refreshing.

Warren Harding (R) - "Multi-tasker", including in the White House during his Presidency.

FDR (D) - Affair from (at least)1918-1945. Eleanor's opinion about having a girlfriend be darned.

Dwight Eisenhower (R) - It's OK during wartime, right? George Marshall may have threatened to demote him over it. Somebody was a busy bee if the boss finds out about it.