It’s not that I want to feed this thing. For me, the anticipation of a scandal outbreak – and the excitement of it now – is almost clinical. Like being dropped in a “hot zone” to track the spread of a new virus.
So... 24 hours after the Drudge Report trumpeted the National Enquirer’s “love child” claim regarding John Edwards, where has it moved?
This morning, Don Imus talked it up on his radio show.
Rush Limbaugh brought it up also, hinting (of course) that Hillary Clinton’s campaign planted the whole story. (Limbaugh also took the opportunity to say “selling drugs” and “Obama” in the same breath. Again.)
But by the end of Day 1, the scandal hadn’t spread to the cable-news political talk shows. (In keeping with the virus metaphor, it hasn’t yet “jumped the species barrier.”)
On the Web, the Huffington Post hasn’t touched it. But Slate.com blogger Mickey Kaus did. (“The Enquirer drops another Edwards scandal bomb.”) Kaus linked to the Enquirer website soon after Drudge did.
No mainstream American newspaper or wire service has mentioned the rumor. But a British tabloid has.
The Daily Mail went with this headline: “U.S. presidential hopeful John Edwards denies cheating on dying wife in ‘love child’ claims.”
(That is one thing you don’t want in politics: Your name and the words “cheating on dying wife” in the same headline.)