John Edwards Scandal Media Coverage
For August 4, 2008

* Using the John Edwards Scandal Microscope to Examine Mainstream Media Fossils
* NewBusters Edwards Scandal Two-fer
* Conspiracies and Caffeine
* Montross: “Not Involved”

John Edwards, Rielle Hunter

Most of the American Mainstream Media waited Monday for the latest news from the National Enquirer. The Enquirer will update their John Edwards Scandal news in the next 24 hours, according to sources. At that point, many MSM editors will make their decisions on whether to report news of the scandal to their customers.


Mainstream Media Fossil Collection

Guy Adams, of the Independent, paints a picture of the American Mainstream Media. [Guy Adams’ US Media Diary: The ‘scoop’ the US papers ignored]

* John Edwards Love Child Scandal Library of Stories
Over 60 stories on the scandal over the last seven months

Hint: Adams doesn’t use many bright colors.

That old cliché about everything being bigger in America seems especially pertinent when attempting to describe the sheer scale of the crisis currently afflicting the US newspaper industry, which makes all Fleet Street’s woes look like a summer picnic.

Last week, The Los Angeles Times decided to flog its historic downtown offices, on top of sacking 150 of its 870 journalists. So did The Chicago Tribune. Almost every title in the land is now shedding staff; a hundred New York Times hacks have been offered voluntary redundancy; Newsweek recently announced cuts. It’s a bloodbath out there, as US media companies attempt to claw a pound of flesh from haemorrhaging readerships.

Adams then offers a bit of advice to his American Cousins.

The Edwards story could be selling truckloads of newsprint. It is attracting enormous traffic online, and has been devoured by viewers of Fox, the only TV network to report it. In ignoring the affair, newspapers are sacrificing potential readers and repeating the mistakes of the 1990s, where they loftily decided against reporting Bill Clinton’s many bedroom misdeeds, allowing internet sites to claim the Monica Lewinsky “scoop.”

One of the top LA Times execs, Tony Pierce, has higher concerns, though. He recently sent staff an edict. “There has been a little buzz surrounding John Edwards and his alleged affair,” it read. “Because the only source has been the National Enquirer we have decided not to cover the rumours or salacious speculations.”

I can’t pretend to know what Mr Pierce does with his 870 journalists. But if he’d asked just one of them to check out these “salacious rumours” regarding John Edwards the LA Times might have a few more readers, and fewer of the 870 staffers might have to be cut from its bloated payroll.

Adams is spot-on in his advice. One guess: the MSM has heard, and ignored it all before. The dreary picture he painted at the beginning will only get darker; the John Edwards scandal is only a symptom that points to the larger problem afflicting traditional informational gatekeepers.


It was a two-for-one John Edwards Scandal coverage at NewsBusters on Monday.

First, PJ Gladnick examines Guy Adams’ examination [British Writer Claims MSM Silence on Edwards Scandal Reflects Newspaper Decline] at NewsBusters:

Perhaps it takes a foreigner looking from the outside in to give us a clear look at the overall meaning of the mainstream media silence on the alleged John Edwards scandal. In this case it is Guy Adams writing in his US Media Diary in the UK Independent about “The ‘scoop’ the US papers ignored.”

Continue reading: John Edwards Scandal: Media Coverage Mixed; MSM Waits on Enquirer

by Mondoreb
Source: John Edwards Scandal: Media Coverage Mixed; MSM Waits on Enquirer

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