Lee Stranahan Gets it Right
Edwards Acting Like He has “Something to hide”

Most Americans Kept in the Dark by MSM Gatekeepers

MSM gatekeepers

Lee Stranahan, at DailyKOS [Irrefutable Proof Of The John Edwards Scandal] does a good job of breaking the news to the left that the John Edwards scandal is real.

On Wednesday, after his speech to the AARP, John Edwards ducked out a side entrance in order to avoid reporter’s questions.

That’s a fact. It’s well sourced — a dozen reporters were there. Nobody is disputing it. And to anyone covering the story, it’s hugely significant for two reasons; it’s damning on it’s own and it shows a pattern of behavior that gives credence to the National Enquirers reporting.

First point – Edwards is acting how people act when they are hiding something.

Think like a journalist, not a John Edwards supporter. Why do politicians avoid reporters, not issue statements, and duck an issue that multiple news outlets are running down? The answer is – always, in every case – because they have something to hide.

Sadly–for those who wish that politicians, both left and right, would act in the better interests of the country, instead of themselves–the scandal is not about a “right wing conspiracy” or even an evil plot of the Clintons. It’s not even about a politician who cheated on his cancer-stricken wife while he dragged her onto the campaign trail in search of the brass ring of the presidency.

To DBKP, it’s about the utter and abject failure of the traditional press.

It’s not a failure to investigate, although that occurred (and is occurring as I write this).

It’s a failure by MSM editors and gatekeepers to report knowledge to their “subjects”. Readers of Stranahans’ KOS diary know about the affair. They may discuss it, vehemently object to the recording of it by Stranahan at KOS or heartily agree that Edwards is a slimy specimen of humanity.

BUT, at least the readers of KOS can debate these points.

For those that are condemned to get their information through the NY Times, CNN or the 3 network newscasts, they don’t even get the opportunity to decide for themselves: that decision was taken away by a mainstream press that made their decision for them.

Even though there was plenty of “curious coincidences” back in December, when the National Enquirer released their second story on the Edwards affair [JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD SCANDAL!], not one reporter had the balls to ask Edwards about it.

Now, seven months later, there are some who supported John Edwards who feel blind-sided by the news that a now-grudging MSM is forced to report. That wouldn’t have happened if just one MSM reporter had asked Edwards back in December–as DBKP kept imploring at the time–“Do you deny that you’ve been in telephone contact with Rielle Hunter since she found out that she was pregnant?”

We’ll assume for a moment that the MSM has no liberal bias. The fact that most people who consume MSM news are just now finding this out should be alarming. Readers of the NY Times and viewers of CNN–as well as millions others–are still clueless about John Edwards, Rielle Hunter and their love child.

They remain in the dark to the elaborate cover-up by the Edwards campaign as well.

The cover-up by the traditional press will be the real story here. MSM apologists are already scrambling for excuses. We looked at how the KC Star let their readers in on the new yesterday [John Edwards Scandal: KC Writer Cites “Veiled Threats”, Denials as Likely

KC Star writer, Aaron Barnhart, explained it all away as deference to “EE”; as in, “Elizabeth Edwards is the real reason this story hasn’t gained traction until now.” Barnhart also attributes non-coverage to “vigorous denials” and “veiled threats” to toss the curious off the Edwards press bus.

The Enquirer reported in their latest print edition that:

Elizabeth Edwards was in Chicago raising cancer awareness with Lance Armstrong on the night the ENQUIRER caught her husband visiting Rielle Hunter visiting their love child [at the Beverly Hilton].

Remember the phrase “gained traction”: you’ll likely hear it a lot. It’s MSMspeak for “failure to inform our readers/viewers”.

Note to John McCain and Barack Obama: If a reporter asks about–or is thinking about asking–unpleasantness, tell them they may have their access cut off. Or, have your staff issue a “vigorous denial”. That ought to fix the problem–with the major networks and the NY Times, Newsweek and Time magazine, anyway.

Back in December, DBKP looked at Bob Schieffer, of CBS’s Face the Nation, and his “two-denial rule”. [The Edwards Scandal, The Press, The Enquirer and the Blogosphere]

Well, you know I saw that this morning. I believe that — I believe that’s a story that we will be avoiding, because it appears to me that there’s absolutely nothing to it. I’m told that another — a man says that the child is his. I’m told that the woman who seems to be pregnant says it’s not his. So I guess — I guess we’re going to pass on that. Unless you come up with some new information on this, Don.
–- Schieffer, when asked about the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter story On the Don Imus show

What DBKP said then still applies:

A presidential candidate and his campaign’s mysterious video: one that was produced with the high hopes of making the candidate better-known, only to have that hope fulfilled when it disappeared from public view.

That doesn’t excite Bob Schieffer.

A presidential candidate who isn’t asked by the press if he denies being in phone contact with his alleged mistress since she discovered she’s pregnant. Indeed, the Mainstream press didn’t go postal: they went Emily Post-al, as in, “let’s not make any waves, that’s not polite; might get us thrown out of the candidate’s press tent.”

That doesn’t excite Bob Schieffer.

Did anything about the Edwards’ story excite Bob Schieffer?

Continue reading: John Edwards Scandal: DailyKOS Readers Now Know; Others Remain In the Dark

by Mondoreb
Source: John Edwards Scandal: DailyKOS Readers Now Know; Others Remain In the Dark

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