John Edwards' love child *

Sharon Waxman, free of the New York Times label next to her name, blogs a question: how long can the mainstream media ignore the National Enquirer story saying that John Edwards left the Beverly Hilton room of Rielle Hunter recently at 2:30 am?

Nailed! By National Enquirer reporters, who were skulking in the basement - waiting for him. The woman in question turns out to be the same Rielle Hunter that the Enquirer identified last December as Edwards' mistress, who was pregnant at the time. All this on the background, don't forget, of Elizabeth Edwards' battle with cancer. On yes, and then there's that presidential campaign. What a mess! But all ignored in the mainstream media. The story got no traction last December after both Edwards and Hunter denied their involvement. I can well imagine the tortured discussions in responsible newsrooms today: how to treat this story? Edwards is no longer a candidate (though he might be for v.p.). Is news of his having a mistress news worth reporting? Edwards will have trouble denying his involvement with Hunter now, and if he is the father of her child, that means he was lying back in December.

* Michael Schneider blogs an additional note at Franklin Avenue: if Edwards did meet up with Hunter at the Beverly Hilton, it was in a hotel full of journalists staying there for the TV Critics Association Press Tour.

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