Remember when the National Enquirer busted John Edwards on his affair with Rielle Hunter?
Way back in October 2007, Ann Coulter was happy to mention (on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show) that the Enquirer was reporting about the Democratic candidate’s extramarital sex life.
But will right-wingers be eager to talk about today’s Enquirer “scoop”?
John Bentley of CBS News blogged this afternoon:
“John McCain’s campaign threatened legal action against the National Enquirer today for running a story about McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, allegedly having an affair with her husband’s business partner.
“ ‘The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie,’ said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt.”
In the past couple of hours, news of the Enquirer’s allegation has been spread online by the Washington Post and CNN.
But I don’t see the allegation itself mentioned on the Enquirer’s website. And I can’t run out to the supermarket right now, so I don’t know what the details are supposed to be. Still... it’s about the distraction.
At the tone, the time will be... 11:55 p.m.
UPDATE (09/04/08): A press release from the National Enquirer, posted by Matt Drudge:
“The National Enquirer’s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair....
“Following our John Edwards’ exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”