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The <em>Enquirer</em> And Edwards

The Enquirer And Edwards

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You probably know the stock in trade of the National Enquirer — alien babies born to all-American families, Bigfoot sightings, celebrities' cellulite and botched plastic surgeries — supermarket checkout line perusing par excellence. I know I usually assume the stories are fakes, and it'd be hard to blame you if you do too. This time, however, the Enquirer bested us all when John Edwards, subject of months of Enquirer coverage for his (then-alleged) extramarital affair, came clean in the mainstream media. Oops.

While I'm not sure this means I should book tickets to Wyoming, to catch a glimpse of a Yeti striding through Yellowstone, it does poke some holes in the supposed supremacy of ye olde MSM.

Some say we ignored the story, others say we covered it up. Insiders cite a litany of reasons the Enquirer story stayed an Enquirer story for so long. Today, the debate hits our air. We've got our media guy, David Folkenflik, plus representatives from the Enquirer, the North Carolina News & Observer, and ABC News. So get ready for answers to all your questions.

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