How Should Media Handle Rumors? The National Enquirer broke the John Edwards extramarital affair story, two years ago, yet many news organizations didn't report it until he admitted it in an interview, last week. Should the media have covered it earlier?
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How Should Media Handle Rumors?

How Should Media Handle Rumors?

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The National Enquirer broke the John Edwards extramarital affair story, two years ago, yet many news organizations didn't report it until he admitted it in an interview, last week. Should the media have covered it earlier?

Guests:

David Folkenflik, NPR's media correspondent

Steve Plamann, senior executive editor of the National Enquirer

Rob Christensen, political reporter and columnist for the News & Observer in North Carolina

Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent for ABC News