Shocking Inside DC Scandal Rumor: A Media Ethics DilemmaCharles at LGF is linking to two other sources. One -- Patterico writing at Hot Air says that his source inside the LA Times says that they have not heard of anything. Charles's other link is to Luke Ford who has this to say:
So I was down in DC this past weekend and happened to run into a well-connected media person, who told me flatly, unequivocally that �everyone knows� The LA Times was sitting on a story, all wrapped up and ready to go about what is a potentially devastating sexual scandal involving a leading Presidential candidate. �Everyone knows� meaning everyone in the DC mainstream media political reporting world. �Sitting on it� because the paper couldn�t decide the complex ethics of whether and when to run it. The way I heard it they�d had it for a while but don�t know what to do. The person who told me )not an LAT person) knows I write and didn�t say �don�t write about this�.
If it�s true, I don�t envy the LAT. I respect their hesitation, their dilemma, deciding to run or not to run it raises a lot of difficult journalism ethics questions and they�re likely to be attacked, when it comes out�the story or their suppression of the story�whatever they do.
I�ve been sensing hints that something�s going on, something�s going unspoken in certain insider coverage of the campaign (and by the way this rumor the LA Times is supposedly sitting on is one I never heard in this specific form before. By the way, t�s not the Edwards rumor, it�s something else.
And when my source said �everyone in Washington�, knows about it he means everyone in the elite Mainstream media, not just the LA Times, but everyone regularly writing about the Presidential campaign knows about it and doesn�t know what to do with it. And I must admit it really is was juicy if true. But I don�t know if it�s true and I can�t decide if I think it�s relevant. But the fact that �everyone� in the elite media knew about it and was keeping silent about it, is, itself, news. But you can�t report the �news� without reporting the thing itself. Troubling!
It raises all sorts of ethical questions. What about private sexual behavior is relevant? What about a marriage belongs in the coverage of a presidential campaign? Does it go to the judgment of the candidate in question? Didn�t we all have a national nervous breakdown over these questions nearly a decade ago?
Now, as I say it�s a rumor; I haven�t seen the supporting evidence. But the person who told me said it offhandedly as if everyone in his world knew about it. And if you look close enough you can find hints of something impending, something potentially derailing to this candidate in the reporting of the campaign. Which could mean that something unspoken, unwritten about is influencing what is written, what we read.
A Dark Unseen Scandal Star?This may all just blow over and be forgotten and definitely the 24 hour rule needs to be invoked but the possibilities are there, other references to a lesbian Hillary have been out there over the years and power is a very stimulating aphrodisiac. One person commented at Charles's site that if this story is true, Hillary is getting better looking women than Bill. That person needs to come here and clean off my monitor...
Mickey Kaus writes:Do you sense there is some large mass of dark matter, an unseen Scandal Star, the gravitational pull of which is warping the coverage of what seems, on the surface, a pretty dull presidential race? I do. So does Ron Rosenbaum. I thought the Dark Star was the Edwards affair allegation. But Rosenbaum says "everyone in the elite Mainstream media" knows about another juicy scandal that the LAT is supposedly sitting on. I guess this is proof that I�m not in the elite, because I don�t know what he�s talking about. � My vestigial Limbaugh gland tells me it must involve a Democrat, or else the Times would have found a reason to print it. � P.S.: If it�s just Richardson, that will be very disappointing.
I�m placing my money on the lesbian-Hillary angle (I was the first to assert this publicly, Tues. 8 pm PST, with connection to the Ron Rosenbaum report).
Here�s a picture of Huma Abedin. Huma Abedin. Huma Abedin.
BigHeadDC posts a picture of "Abedin trailing Clinton and gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres during a recent �girl�s only� trip to NYC."