The mainstream media really seem to imagine they can prevent Americans from knowing information by refusing to report it.
For those few Americans without an Internet connection (and to whom I have not recently faxed a series of National Enquirer stories): Evidence is accumulating that John Edwards is right, there really are “two Americas.” There’s one where men cheat on their cancer-stricken wives and one where men do not cheat on their cancer-stricken wives.
To put it another way, it would appear that ambulances aren’t the only things John Edwards has been chasing lately.
Last year, the National Enquirer broke the story about New-Age divorcee Rielle Hunter, formerly Lisa Druck, telling friends she was having an affair with Edwards and that she was pregnant with his “love child.”
Who knew that “my father was a mill worker” could be such a great pickup line? In his defense, Edwards had to do something to kill time between giving $50,000 speeches on poverty.
I guess the Enquirer is lucky Edwards isn’t a trial lawyer! A sleazy carnival sideshow trial lawyer wouldn’t even need to start channeling unborn children before a jury — as Edwards did in the junk-science medical malpractice cases that made him a multimillionaire — to win a defamation case if these charges are false. The “love child” allegation could be easily disproved by DNA testing.
Which brings up a fascinating legal question: Would it be admissible for Edwards to channel the very love child at issue during such a proceeding? She speaks to you through me and I have to tell you right now — I didn’t plan to talk about this — right now I feel her. I feel her presence. She’s inside me, and she’s talking to you, she’s saying: “John Edwards ain’t my daddy!”
When the National Enquirer story first broke last year, the Edwards campaign denied that Edwards was the father, pawning the affair off on an apparently very loyal Edwards campaign aide, Andrew Young. Like Edwards, Young was married with children. Also like Edwards, Young is a Democrat, so it was possible.
Except that, not only has Young’s wife not left him, but she was perfectly copacetic with her husband’s mistress moving into their gated community for the duration of her pregnancy, and even occasionally joining her, Andrew and the kids for dinner.
Back on Earth, that doesn’t happen. The Edwards campaign better start looking at its backup plan of claiming Nathan Lane is the father.
It also didn’t smack of innocence that the Edwards campaign stripped Hunter’s videos from the Edwards Web site the instant the story broke.
Soon after Edwards met Hunter in a bar in New York, the Edwards campaign began paying her more than $100,000 to make “hip” videos of him for the campaign Web site. (Unfortunately, Edwards’ hair stylists ate up most of the budget.)
As Herculean a task as it would be to make John Edwards look hip, the videos can’t be worse for the campaign than the Edwards staffer who said of the Catholic church’s position on birth control: “What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?”
So why did they take down Hunter’s videos?
Last week the Enquirer staked out the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles after receiving a tip that Edwards would be going there to visit Hunter and the love child, who reportedly has her mother’s eyes and her father’s dramatic flair in front of a jury.
According to the Enquirer, Edwards entered Hunter’s hotel room around 9:45 p.m. and left at 2:40 in the morning. Seeing reporters as he left Hunter’s room, Edwards sprinted to a hotel bathroom and blockaded himself in until hotel security came to rescue him. Even more suspicious, while Edwards was barricaded in the bathroom, no one reported hearing sounds of a blow dryer.
When asked about the Enquirer story at a press conference a few days later, Edwards looked as flustered as Rep. Robert Wexler did after being asked if he really lives with his mother-in-law in a Florida retirement community located in the district he represents.
First, Edwards pretended to be unfamiliar with the story, a preposterous pose even if the story were false. Then Edwards dropped eye contact and said: “That’s tabloid trash. They’re full of lies. I’m here to talk about helping people.” He couldn’t have looked more guilty if he had broken into a cold sweat and lit a cigarette. Britney Spears has responded more credibly to tabloid stories.
Meanwhile, the only way consumers of the old media might ascertain that Edwards is embroiled in some sort of scandal is that, starting last Thursday, his name was summarily dropped from lists of possible vice presidential candidates.
If only Republican Larry Craig had been in the Beverly Hilton bathroom, the MSM might have covered this scandal.
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