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Friday, July 25, 2008

LA Times 'Asks' Their Bloggers To Not Report On National Enquirer's John Edwards Story: Update- Fox Interviews Hotel Security, Verifies Enquirer Story

[Update]8/8/08- John Edwards Admits To Sexual Affair Reported By National Enquirer

[Update] 8/6/08- National Enquirer produces photos.

Update- More here with a reaction from a LA Times blogger.

Updated and Bumped
- Fox News interviews one of the hotel security people that escorted Edwards from the Hotel, which verifies portions of the National Enquirer story about Edwards meeting his mistress.

The Beverly Hilton Hotel guard said he encountered a shaken and ashen-faced Edwards — whom he did not immediately recognize — in a hotel men's room early Tuesday morning in a literal tug-of-war with reporters on the other side of the door.

"What are they saying about me?" the guard said Edwards asked.

"His face just went totally white," the guard said, when Edwards was told the reporters were shouting out questions about Edwards and Rielle Hunter, a woman the National Enquirer says is the mother of his child.

The guard said he escorted Edwards, who was not a registered guest at the hotel, out of the building after 2 a.m. Edwards did not say anything while he was escorted out, said the guard, adding that at times the reporters on the scene were "rough on him," sticking a camera in his face and shouting questions

Original article below:
For those unaware, the National Enquirer made a splash ealier this week by claiming they had caught John Edwards with Rielle Hunter, whom they claim is Edwards' mistress.

Slate reports today that the LA Times has decided to practice a bit of censorship of their bloggers, by "asking" them not to report about the National Enquirer story, not even to ask legitimate questions about the credibility of the National Enquirer's report.

Slate gets their hands on the email sent out from Tony Pierce, the LA Times' editor:

Subject: john edwards

Hey bloggers,

There has been a little buzz surrounding John Edwards and his alleged affair. Because the only source has been the National Enquirer we have decided not to cover the rumors or salacious speculations. So I am asking you all not to blog about this topic until further notified.

If you have any questions or are ever in need of story ideas that would best fit your blog, please don't hesitate to ask

Keep rockin,


Many, myself included, have questions about the Enquirers story, including where the photos are and where witness accounts are.

These are questions that the MSM should be asking, which a few are, but the majority are refusing to cover the story at all, to verify or debunk the accuracy of the National Enquirers story.

Now we see that a major media outlet like the LA Times, is trying to limit the amount of exposure to the story, to the point of asking their bloggers to not mention it all, even to question the validity of the accusations against John Edward.