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Overly compliant media enabled John Edwards' misdeeds

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CNN's Anderson Cooper seemed aghast Thursday night that Democrat pretty boy trial lawyer philanderer John Edwards came so close to the presidency. How could that happen!

John Edwards leaves the Federal Building in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday. A federal grand jury indicted the two-time presidential candidate  on Friday, accusing him of trying to protect his political ambitions by soliciting and secretly spending more than $925,000 to hide his Mistress and their baby from the public during the peak of his 2008 presidential campaign.  Associated Press
Associated Press
John Edwards leaves the Federal Building in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday. A federal grand jury indicted the two-time presidential candidate on Friday, accusing him of trying to protect his political ambitions by soliciting and secretly spending more than $925,000 to hide his Mistress and their baby from the public during the peak of his 2008 presidential campaign.

He needn't be amazed. It was his friends in the "mainstream" media who made it possible -- first by anesthetizing the Left into believing personal character has nothing to do with public jobs (see: Bill Clinton), and then by actively, purposely and hypocritically ignoring the unfolding Edwards infidelity, love child and financial cover-up.

Long after it surfaced publicly in a tabloid publication, The New York Times was well aware of the mushrooming scandal surrounding this Democrat standardbearer -- former vice presidential nominee and presidential candidate. The newspaper willfully chose not to report the story.

Instead, do you know what the Gray Lady did? It chose to dredge up vague, eight-year-old and wholly unsubstantiated rumors about aides to Republican John McCain once having worries that maybe he was seeing a lobbyist. There was never a scintilla of a whiff of actual impropriety. But the newspaper went with it, in an effort to hurt the Republican's chances for the White House.

All the while, it was ignoring actual evidence -- a pregnancy, for instance -- of a Democrat's dalliances.

That's how it happened, Anderson.

Now, after months and months and months of denial after denial after denial -- at one point with Edwards cravenly scurrying for cover from the tabloid press in a hotel men's room -- it's been thoroughly established as fact that Edwards, a wife soon to die of cancer, had an affair and a child with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.

On Friday, he was indicted on federal charges that donors spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep Hunter and the child in luxurious seclusion -- and presumably quiet -- in order to keep Edwards' presidential aspirations alive.

Edwards might not have found himself indicted if he'd only used his own fortune to keep the mistress under wraps. But no. He had to use someone else's money -- nearly a million of it. What a guy!

If it were a crime to be a world-class bootlicking sycophant, one Edwards aide would also be rung up for initially claiming Hunter's baby was his. The aide was married at the time.

The things we do for love!

Considering the stark difference in how Edwards and McCain were treated by the media, can there be any question that the media are unindicted co-conspirators in this scandal?

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/11 - 04:53 am
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The Edward's affair and the

The Edward's affair and the Grey Lady's attitude remind me of Columbia County. Affairs with employees that other officials knew was going on and money diverted from campaigns. Make that oily, obsequious, bootlicking sycophants.

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Willow Bailey 06/06/11 - 09:21 am
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Edward's real punishment

Edward's real punishment would be a life sentence of marriage to Rielle Hunter.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 06/06/11 - 12:09 pm
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"Considering the stark

"Considering the stark difference in how Edwards and McCain were treated by the media, can there be any question that the media are unindicted co-conspirators in this scandal?"

All the media is to blame including yourselves, ACES. There was an editorial the other day resenting the attacks on Sarah Palin as a viable candidate (who once again put her foot in her mouth talking about Paul Revere), yet, holding Obama to the fire for anything he has said (and he has been the best quick thinker either.) Once again, ACES will damn those who are against the right and make mistakes, but coverup any mistakes for those who are against the left. I believe the pot calling the kettle black is the old adage for this type of media attack.

MJ-12
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MJ-12 06/06/11 - 01:16 pm
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We really need to stop

We really need to stop worrying about whose "who-who" goes into whose "ha-ha" and concentrate on getting our country back together. And no I am in no way condoning adultery AT ALL. I just don't see where it's any of my business. When John Kennedy was president it was an open secret that he had affairs but the press wouldn't report it unless the affair somehow hampered his ability to do his job....from what I can tell they never did. Please can we worry about more important stuff then who is sleeping with whom? In the long run these stupid sex scandals never amount to anything good...just a waste of time and resources.

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Bizkit 06/06/11 - 01:47 pm
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I find some irony people

I find some irony people aren't worried whose who-who and ha-ha but have no problem with the idiotic pursuit of Sarah Palin and her family. Shouldn't all be off the table? Edwards crime wasn't an affair but how he tried to cover it other with other peoples money. Clinton's crime wasn't he had an affair but he told a lie under oath to a grand jury-perjury. I was surprised Clinton (who I think is very intelligent) would be so stupid to be impeached for perjury. If he had told the truth then likely he would have ended his presidency with no smear and still be married

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MJ-12 06/06/11 - 02:00 pm
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I don't think I've said much

I don't think I've said much about Palin either way so I have no idea what you are referring to....

Of course since you bring it up I will give you my .02 on it/her. This woman just defies logic and rationality. First, she claims to be taking a private "family vacation", but in a bus brightly painted with her name and slogans (and then has the AUDACITY to whine about attracting attention). Now, she again displayed her ignorance about just about everything by totally misconstruing the story of Paul Revere to suit her Tea Party sheeple and agenda. And once again, she doesn't understand how wrong she is, and seeks to blame others for her ignorance. Typical silly, childish Sarah. And, her followers are just as blind and ignorant as she is!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/06/11 - 03:20 pm
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MJ12 you must be egomanical.

MJ12 you must be egomanical. I wasn't referring to you particularly in your comments. Just the sentiment that sex scandals should not be of political significance. But no one complains about how the media hounds Palin and her family. Palin's ethics in financial matters have been a political feeding frenzy, etc. I don't understand why Palin is hounded as she will likely never run for president-at least I hope not. If she were she sure is getting a lot of free press. She isn't very bright, but neither is Pelosi. Apparently intelligence is not a political requirement.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/06/11 - 03:32 pm
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I don't see Palin as a

I don't see Palin as a politcal figure but a cheerleader trying to rally a political interest. Much like Obama used community activism to raise interest in politics. Palin holds no office. Sure she promotes herself but who doesn't in the world of entertainment, sports, etc. She is making money by promoting herself-she has no political platform or agenda. No one attacks her platform because she doesn't have one so the personal attacks. The number of political gaffs by almost politicians Dem and Rep just demonstrates the frailties of being human. We screw up a lot and misspeak.

MJ-12
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MJ-12 06/06/11 - 04:20 pm
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Well sorry Bizkit...I assumed

Well sorry Bizkit...I assumed I was since you quoted part of my post. My fault. I apologize.

MJ-12
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MJ-12 06/06/11 - 04:20 pm
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Well sorry Bizkit...I assumed

Well sorry Bizkit...I assumed I was since you quoted part of my post. My fault. I apologize.

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 06/06/11 - 04:54 pm
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Ok America, so he sent the

Ok America, so he sent the picture of his of his package IN underwear....big freaking deal! How many politicians have done worse and it gets swept under the rug? Newt cheats on his wife while she is dying from cancer and the GOP thinks we were TOO harsh on him. Wiener sends a racy (not pornographic) picture to a girl on the internet and the GOP is calling for his head on a platter. Seriously!!!!

YankeeInvasion
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YankeeInvasion 06/06/11 - 06:57 pm
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When Edwards still ran for

When Edwards still ran for the presidency after it was revealed that his wife had cancer, I lost my respect for him. I don't care if his wife told him to run anyway-if your family doesn't come first then what can your constituants expect?

Saying that, I think it's pretty hypocritical that ACES runs this oped, when they themselves have shyed away from reporting on a certain columbia county ex commissioner who was found to have had an inappropriate relationship with a county employee, and was later indicted on charges of child molestation.

Oh wait....I forgot that the ex commissioner was a republican. Silly me for expecting fairness from ACES.

iLove
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iLove 06/07/11 - 08:23 am
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Great Job ACES! ... :/
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Great Job ACES! ... :/

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