In the Usually-Curious Mainstream Media
John Edwards, Rielle Hunter are Both Lucky People
Earlier this week, photos of a pregnant Rielle Hunter, a woman who had produced some campaign videos for the Edwards campaign were released in the National Enquirer.
Above the photo, the headline read: “John Edwards Love Child Scandal”; beneath it, the details of an alleged affair between Hunter and Edwards.
Two months back, the Enquirer had released an account of John Edwards cheating on his wife, Elizabeth, with an “unnamed woman”. The story claimed that the affair could “wreck John Edwards campaign”.
The Mainstream press printed the swift denials by Edwards almost immediately. Associated Press and other major media were quick to pick up on Edwards’ labeling the accusations “ridiculous”. “The story is false.” It’s completely untrue.”
The Mainstream press, as well as a variety of liberal bloggers, published vigorous denunciations of the National Enquirer, Slate’s Mickey Kaus and Sam Stein of the Huffington Post. All were along the theme of the Enquirer’s slimy trashy untruthful reporting of gossip.
Stein had earlier reported in HuffPo about the curious disappearance of some Hunter-produced videos for the Edwards campaign. Kaus had wondered about the video’s producer and her links to the Edwards campaign.
One other denunciation was also published. This one was perhaps not as widely read or noticed.
The day after the Enquirer’s article was published, Rielle Hunter released a statement on MyDD.com denouncing the National Enquirer’s story.
Why did Hunter, whose involvement with the Edwards campaign–according to her statement–ended 10 months earlier, feel it necessary to issue a statement about the Enquirer “lies”?
Shortly after her denunciation, Hunter moved to North Carolina from New York, into a gated community within five miles of the Edwards campaign headquarters.
The house she relocated to is owned by a backer of the Edwards campaign.
Hunter drives a BMW SUV. It is registered to the former Director of Operations for the Edwards campaign, Andrew Young. An unnamed source related in the Enquirer’s second story that Young has “been responsible for finding her [Hunter} a place to live and even getting her a car to drive.
Andrew Young quit the campaign almost at the same time that Rielle Hunter moved to North Carolina.
Does none of this interest anyone in the Mainstream press the slightest?
The same critical thinking, skeptical, cynical, hard-bitten, jaded press that has so often dismissed “coincidence” as an explanation in countless stories, apparently now is convinced that they occur.
Of the curious series of events involving John Edwards, Rielle Hunter and the Edwards campaign, there can be no other explanation for the total press blackout.
But the Mainstream Media has a heavy responsibility in our Republic. They are the watchdogs, the whistle-blowers. All that is enough to keep everybody busy with matters other than the odd facts of the Edwards campaign and Rielle Hunter.
What has occupied the press in the last several days since the story came out?
It might be interesting to check.
They were busy. And busy covering scandals, too.
Michael Luo, New York Times, wanted to talk the significance of whether Mitt Romeny saw his dad march in a parade.
As did Dawson Bell, of the Detroit Free Press.
Others were occupied by far more important subjects than the trashy Enquirer story about a presidential candidate’s alleged affair and his pregnant girlfriend.
A presidential candidate who has used his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, extensively on the campaign trail.
Among the topics attracting the Mainstream press in the last several days:
* Adam Nossiter and David Bartow, of the New York Times, examined a “charming and aloof” Mike Huckabee, who defied rural constituents, “fearful of losing football teams.”
* Dana Milbank revealed how angry Tom Tancredo was about everything.
* Anne E. Kornblut and Alec MacGillis, of the Post, took on Hillary Clinton and the question of her embracing her husband’s legacy.
* Salon’s Glenn Greenwald thought a blow-by-blow description of a Senate spat between Harry Reid and Christopher Dodd over a telecom bill was worth documenting.
No time or ink for a small-time producer of videos–another remarkable coincidence–who scored the coup of producing a few campaign web videos for Edwards, for which she was paid $114,000.
Lucky girl, that Rielle Hunter.
Except that almost a year after that video work with the campaign, she’s pregnant.
But she winds up, several states away, among the million-dollar homes in the Governor’s Club with a BMW. All connected to the John Edwards campaign.
Again, Rielle Hunter is one lucky girl.
She’s very lucky she labeled the National Enquirer’s story as “innuendoes and lies”–nine weeks before the story which named her as the “other woman” in the John Edwards affair, appeared.
Despite no previous reports of their involvement, Andrew Young, the former Edwards Director of Operations finally claimed he was the father of her child.
After he moved Hunter into his neighborhood and, according to sources, went over for dinner with his wife and kids to Rielle’s house.
After he claimed not to know “any Rielle Hunter”.
Lucky for Rielle Hunter, he finally “remembered”.
Lucky for John Edwards, too.
Lucky for the Edwards campaign that the Mainstream Media was occupied with so many other weightier matters when the pictures of a pregnant Rielle Hunter and a story full of facts and coincidences was published this week.
Lucky for the Mainstream press that the Enquirer is nothing but trashy gossip: Pardongate, Gary Hart’s Monkey Business, Jesses Jackson’s Love Child, Rush Limbaugh’s problem with Oxycotin, Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, and Bob Dole’s extra-marital affair during his first marriage–other stories the Enquirer scooped the Mainstream Media on–aside.
On the John Edwards story, the Mainstream Media has maintained an almost religious belief in coincidence. Who knew?
What other explanation accounts for their lack of curiosity at the intertwined affairs of the Edwards campaign and Rielle Hunter?
Lucky John, lucky Rielle and the lucky Mainstream Media: such a lucky bunch of people. How very lucky they all shared the same opinion about the National Enquirer’s John Edwards Love Child Scandal.
Must be a coincidence.
* Romney learns that “facts are stubborn things”
* Romney Sticks to Belief in Dad, King
* Huck Talks Religion, Tolerance, Morality
* Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State
* Hillary Clinton Embraces Her Husband’s Legacy
* Hasta La Vista
* Reid and company target the True Enemy: Dodd and his allies
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at 10:40 am EST December 22 2007