Three Different Press Releases
An Orchestra of Remarkable, Similarly-Worded Statements
* John Edwards * Elizabeth Edwards * Fred Baron
What Was Discussed When?
DBKP took a look at the statements released by John and Elizabeth Edwards, and Edwards’ money man, Fred Baron. Their three statements never mention Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter. Instead, all three refer to her and her child as “mistakes”.
We found some curious features in the press releases of the principals involved. In December, 2007, there were many curious features about the John Edwards’ scandal that excited no curiosity among the Mainstream Media. [Curious Circumstances Excite No Curiosity in the Mainstream Media]
There are curiously-similar features in all three, particularly between John Edwards’ and Baron’s. The two men claim they had not discussed a most important detail with each other: Rielle Hunter and who was paying for her living arrangements.
August 2008 is a completely different ballgame, however.
Let’s take a look at these curious features.
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JOHN EDWARDS, ELIZABETH EDWARDS
For convenience, the statements of John and Elizabeth Edwards will be examined first.
John Edwards went into seclusion after a July 30 speech in Washington, D.C., when reporters attempted to question Edwards about his confrontation with reporters from the National Enquirer. [John Edwards Scandal: Edwards Bolts from Reporters Once Again]
He then had the better part of ten days to craft his statement, which he released on August 8 before his appearance on ABC’s Nightline. Elizabeth Edwards also released a statement on August 8 on the website, DailyKos.
“2006″ was prominent in the opening part of John Edwards’ statement: he used it three times in the first eight sentences.
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 percent 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.
“2006″ played a key part in Elizabeth Edwards’ statement, too. She referred to the year four times.
“John made a terrible mistake in 2006.”
“And we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March of 2007.”
“The pain of the long journey since 2006 was about to be renewed.”
“But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue.”
The Edwards don’t say when in 2006; apparently, from the photo DBKP obtained on August 15, it had to have begun on December 31.
The picture is backstage at a rally in Chapel Hill, NC that ended on the evening of December 30. As LBG pointed out in John and Elizabeth Edwards: New Info Casts Doubt on Coupleâ€™s Claim Affair Ended in 2006:
Itâ€™s clear in the photo that Hunter is there in her â€œofficialâ€ capacity, capturing the event for use in the documentaries she was allegedly producing for the Edwardsâ€™ 2008 presidential campaign. Not only was Hunter there in Chapel Hill on the evening of December 30, but she was also along with Edwards at the end of 2006 on his â€œPresidential Announcement Tourâ€ which culminated on the evening of December 30 in North Carolina.
According to the Washington Post, Hunter was along when Edwards filmed his Youtube announcement in New Orleans on December 28. Hunter was by no means, â€œhiddenâ€, as she was photographed and seen by various people in the course of the â€œtripâ€.
On December 31, 2006 the Edwards also had a busy day.
The next morning, the last day of 2006, the Edwards were interviewed on ABCâ€™s â€œThis Week with George Stephanopoulosâ€œ. Remember, the night before Rielle Hunter was still in the picture, captured in photos filming the Chapel Hill event. In one photo Hunter can be seen along with John and Elizabeth Edwards.
The discovery of Hunterâ€™s appearance in Chapel Hill on the evening of December 30 raises some questions about the timeline posited by both John and Elizabeth Edwards as to when the affair truly ended, when Edwards confessed, and when the â€œrepairâ€ work began.
On the morning of December 31, Edwards described his wife to Stephanopoulus as someone who was not only â€œmeek and mildâ€ but â€œvery strong-willedâ€. Hardly the sort of person, who, upon learning her husband had an affair, would allow the â€œother womanâ€ to hang around her husband, even in an â€œofficialâ€ capacity. Hunter was photographed filming the Chapel Hill event. Elizabeth was fully aware Hunter was there. In fact, Hunter was on the plane, along with other campaign staffers and various other people for the presidential â€œpre-announcementâ€ trip that led up to the Chapel Hill event.
If Edwards hadnâ€™t yet confessed to the â€œawful truthâ€ that he was cheating on Elizabeth with Hunter by December 30, then the clock was ticking down to the end of 2006. By the time the Chapel Hill event ended, Edwards had less than 26 hours to tell his wife.
Besides the repetition of “2006″, the word “mistake” is also repeated: thrice by Elizabeth (“terrible mistake”, “mistake” and “mistakes”) and twice by John Edwards (“serious error”, “mistake”, as well as “misconduct”).
There seems little doubt about the careful coordination between the Edwards’ two statements.
If it is learned, at some future date, that December 31, 2006, was indeed when John Edwards “first began revealing the truth”, this is not the impression that the Edwards left after reading their statements.
Others will have to speculate at the present moment.
JOHN EDWARDS, FRED BARON
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