When I posted about
them at the time, I chided Mickey Kaus for saying
that "the MSM seems to be strenuously trying to not report"
the story. Even as I expressed doubts about the story itself, I replied,
"I'll betcha anything this will be all over the MSM within a week."
What I meant to say was, "within two and a half months."
I can now exclusively report that at least two news outlets are preparing
to break new details on this story in the near future. I know because
I've been contacted by someone at a reputable news agency trying to
track down the source of the photo I used to accompany my post (I pulled
it off Hunter's now vanished web site).
When asked why he wanted it, my correspondent wrote... Well, I don't
think he quite understood the implications of e-mailing a blogger without
first asking to go off the record, so I'll be somewhat circumspect and
say only that his message ended, "If I were you I'd keep an eye
out for this one."
Rielle Hunter, the woman the National Enquirer
claims had an 18-month affair with Democratic presidential candidate John
Edwards, is reportedly
pregnant and in hiding. Both Edwards and Hunter (who used to go by
the name Lisa Druck) have
denied they ever had an affair, but she was closely involved with
his campaign in its early stages and then just sort of oddly disappeared.
Reports have also indicated that she was paid above average fees for the
work she performed.
Hunter allegedly told a confidante that she is six months pregnant
and that Edwards is the father of her unborn child. She also relocated
to live in Chapel Hill, NC about a month ago. Her new home is just a
few streets away from the residence of Andrew Young,
who had been a key official in Edwards' campaign — until
he left the campaign about a month ago. Since then, Young has been in
charge of looking after Hunter, according to Enquirer sources.
Some are saying that Young, a married father with children, is claiming
to be the father of the unborn child in an effort to protect Edwards.
Presidential candidate John Edwards is caught up in a love
child scandal, a blockbuster ENQUIRER investigation has discovered.
The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Rielle Hunter, a woman linked
to Edwards in a cheating scandal earlier this year, is more than six
months pregnant - and she's told a close confidante that
Edwards is the father of her baby!
The ENQUIRER's political bombshell comes just weeks after Edwards
emphatically denied having an affair with Rielle, who formerly worked
on his campaign and told another close pal that she was romantically
involved with the married ex-Senator.
The ENQUIRER has now confirmed not only that Rielle is expecting, but
that she's gone into hiding with the help of a former aide to
Edwards . The visibly pregnant blonde has relocated from the New York
area to Chapel Hill, N.C. where she is living in an upscale gated community
near political operative Andrew Young, who's been extremely close
to Edwards for years and was a key official in his presidential campaign.
And in a bizarre twist, Young - a 41-year-old married man with
young children -- now claims HE is the father of Rielle's baby!
But others are skeptical, wondering if Young's paternity claim
is a cover-up to protect Edwards.
Meanwhile, Edwards' cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth has joined
him on the campaign trail.
In a statement issued to The ENQUIRER through her attorney, Rielle
said: "The fact that I am expecting a child is my personal and
private business. This has no relationship to nor does it involve John
Edwards in any way. Andrew Young is the father of my unborn child."
But a source extremely close to the 43-year-old divorcee says Rielle
has told a far different story privately: "Rielle told me she
had a secret affair with Edwards. When she found out that she was pregnant,
she said he was the father."
Rielle loves Edwards and will do anything to protect him, the source
In The ENQUIRER's Oct. 22 issue, we revealed that Edwards, 54,
was involved in a mistress scandal and the shocking allegations -
if proven true - could devastate the Democratic hopeful's
At the time, we withheld Rielle's name, but reported that an
insider told The ENQUIRER that she claimed that she began the affair
some 18 months earlier. She talked about her relationship in phone calls
After our story was published, several political bloggers correctly
identified "the other woman" as Rielle, a self-described
filmmaker whose company was hired by a pro-Edwards group called One
American Committee and paid $114,000 to produce videos for Edwards'
campaign. She worked with Edwards on those videos.
Reporters asked Edwards about The ENQUIRER report during a campaign
stop in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 11.
Edwards responded: "The story is false. It's completely
untrue, ridiculous," adding, "Anyone who knows me knows
that I have been in love with the same woman for 30 plus years."
Rielle issued her own statement through mydd.com, a pro-Democratic
website, saying: "The innuendoes and lies that have appeared on
the internet and in the National ENQUIRER concerning John Edwards are
not true, completely unfounded and ridiculous.
"My video production company was hired by the Edwards camp on
a six-month contract, which we completed Dec. 31, 2006. When working
for the Edwards camp, my conduct as well as the conduct of my entire
team was completely professional."
But what the rest of the press didn't know is that when Rielle
made that claim, she was pregnant, hiding it and had told her confidante
it was Edwards' baby.
That's also when it was decided Rielle would relocate to North
Carolina, said the source.
The ENQUIRER has confirmed that Young placed Rielle in a rental home
in the Governor's Club, the same gated community where he lives
in a multimillion-dollar home with his wife Cheri and their young children.
That home is owned by an Edwards' backer and is less than five
miles from Edwards' national campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill,
A former "Director of Operations" for Edwards' campaign,
Young's last official position with the campaign was "North
Carolina Finance Director."
He left that job about a month ago - about the same time Rielle
settled in Chapel Hill.
A source close to Young vehemently denies that he funneled campaign
money to Rielle - who drives a BMW SUV registered in Young's
The ENQUIRER spotted Rielle -- visibly pregnant in a black sweater
and loose-fitting slacks - leaving her OB/GYN's office in
Cary, N.C., on Dec. 12.
And when asked for comment about her relationship with Edwards by an
ENQUIRER reporter, Rielle responded: "I have no idea what you're
Asked why she was living in Young's gated community, she answered:
"I have no idea what you are talking about."
When asked who fathered her baby, she answered: "I have no idea
who you're talking about or what you're talking about."
She even denied that she was Rielle Hunter!
But things changed dramatically when The ENQUIRER contacted Edwards
for a comment just days later.
Edwards' lawyer called The ENQUIRER and denied the well-coifed
Democratic candidate is the father of Rielle's baby, adding that
Rielle would deny it, as well.
A day later, in a shocking twist, the attorney for Mr. Young issued
a statement that Young fathered Rielle's baby!
"Andrew Young is the father of Ms. Hunter's unborn child,"
declared his Washington, D.C.-based attorney.
"Sen. Edwards knew nothing about the relationship between these
former co-workers, which began when they worked together in 2006.
"As a private citizen who no longer works for the campaign, Mr.
Young asks that the media respect his privacy while he works to make
amends with his family."
Neither Young nor Rielle offered any evidence of their prior romantic
relationship and both turned down an ENQUIRER request to take polygraph
tests on the claim that Young fathered her child.
Now some insiders wonder whether Young's paternity claim is simply
a cover-up to protect his longtime pal Edwards.
"If you have an alternate explanation for a scandal, you don't
take 24 hours to offer that explanation, let alone days or weeks,"
a political insider told The ENQUIRER.
Simply put, Edwards could have nipped the earlier cheating scandal
in the bud by instructing his aides to explain that Rielle had been
romantically involved with a married man on the campaign. But he didn't.
Instead, Rielle has been telling a confidante that Edwards is the father
of her child.
"Rielle told me while Andrew Young is a friend, she's not
romantically involved with him," says the source close to Rielle.
"Rielle says he's been responsible for finding her a place
to live and even getting her a car to drive.
"If he really were the father of her baby and had engaged in
an extramarital affair with her, I doubt seriously that he'd bring
his wife and kids over to her house for dinner - which Rielle
told me he did a few weeks ago.
"Rielle has said from the beginning that the baby is John's,
but she appears willing to do whatever they want her to do to protect
"I think what's taking place is simply a cover-up by Edwards'
And no one has denied the source's information that Reille has
been in phone contact with Edwards since finding out she is pregnant.
When ENQUIRER reporters contacted Young in person at his home on Dec.
12, he became furious -- and denied he was Andrew Young.
He also denied knowing "any Rielle Hunter," yelling at
the top of his voice, "You don't even know who I am!"
But when his wife called him "Andrew," he shot her a dirty
An enraged Young called police, demanding our reporters be arrested
Officers from the Chatham County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department
responded, questioned everyone and made no arrests.
While controversy swirls around her, Rielle - a wannabe actress
who by her own admission was a drug-using New York party girl in the
‘80s - stayed in touch with Edwards.
"Rielle told me that she remains in phone contact with John,
but can't see him for obvious reasons," said the source
close to her"
In a recent article, the Enquirer implied that Oprah and Obama were fooling
[E]very single candidate for president, Republican and Democratic
have lives, personal lives, that indicate something about what kind
of human being they are. And I think it is a fair evaluation for America
to engage in to look at what kind of human beings each of us are,
and what kind of president we'd make.
...[Y]ou can't be too paranoid when Ron
Burkle might be involved. (If it hurt Edwards, the story would potentially
devastate Burkle's candidate Hillary, who needs Edwards to beat or dilute
Obama in Iowa. That's why it's crazy to suggest
that Hillary's camp planted it.)
In what will likely clear talk
radio's topical decks for the next day or so, last- minute (as in Iowa)
revelations of a soon- to- be John Edwards "love child" has
fingers pointing straight at Clinton's war room.
The woman linked to Presidential
candidate John Edwards in a cheating scandal is more than six months
pregnant and telling a close confidante that Edwards is the father of
her unborn child, The NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's political bombshell comes just weeks after Edwards
emphatically denied having an affair with Rielle Hunter, who formerly
worked on his campaign.
But The ENQUIRER has now confirmed not only that Rielle is pregnant,
but she is also living in Chapel Hill, N.C. in a gated community, just
a few streets away from Andrew Young, who has been a key official in
The story goes on to allege a political
cover-up, adding a level of intrigue for pundits to savor.
For talk radio hosts, potential reactions are not yet clear. Asked by
your Radio Equalizer for a gut reaction to the story, syndicated talker
Dr Laura Schlessinger quipped, "I would comment ONLY AFTER a paternity
And ABC Radio talker Mark Levin told your Radio Equalizer late Tuesday,
"if this turns out to be accurate, Edwards will become a favorite
Talk radio reactions could mirror some of the comments posted in the last
few minutes at Lucianne's site:
This is no surprise, We all
expected that as soon as Edwards made a move in the polls, Hillary's
goons at the tabloids would drop a bomb on him.
Although we don't know if the story is true or not, it also would be
no surprise to learn that an ambulance chasing scuzz like Edwards was
two-timing his cancer stricken wife.
Let me guess, hillary is totally shocked by this and she had nothing
to do with the story. Her people will be quoted as saying that they
are surprised that that Edwards is bisexual and could father an illegitimate
...Andrew Young? The man who said Bubba been with more black women than
Obama is now watching over Bambi's love child?
In October, the same publication broke
news of the Breck Girl's affair, but this bombshell will likely do far
more damage. The big question: will it ruin Edwards in Iowa, or create
a backlash against Hillary there?
posts on Lucianne: "Anyway, one
of the videos this Rielle made is still posted at Business Week. Assuming
it is she behind the camera (or next to whomever is filming) in the first
minute you see them enter the plane where Edwards say HI and you hear
a woman's voice (presumably Rielle) say "Hi Honey" (professionalism
in action...later on when he is showing off his speech notes, I swear
he gushes like a schoolboy (although that could be a sign that he is just
in love with himself.)"
The Webisodes are the brainchild of Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker who
met Edwards at a New York bar where Edwards was having a business meeting.
"I didn't think it was John Edwards," Hunter recalls,
"because the public persona did not mesh at all with the person
who was sitting in front of me." Hunter pitched Edwards on the
documentaries as a medium for bringing the "real John Edwards"
to the people. Edwards still has a ways to go. In the midst of a short
theme sequence that begins each Webisode, the camera lingers over the
former senator's behind as he tucks a starched white shirt into
his pants [LF: 1:12
into this video]. Still, Hunter, now under contract with Edwards's
organization, says she sees the untucked John Edwards coming more and
more to the fore.
Oh, that John
Edwards sex scandal thing? It might have been planted and
tended with care by the Huffington Post, sort of. Someone gave Sam Stein
(former Newsweek intern-turned-HuffPo Political Journalist extraordinaire!)
the story of some TOTALLY MYSTERIOUS VIDEOS that
disappeared from John Edwards' website. First it was a
mere mysterious mystery — why would the Edwards' campaign
scrub all traces of these harmless, complimentary "meet the candidate"
videos? Then it was a totally mysterious mystery involving
a nutty, directionless hippie chick whom Edwards met in a bar.
Rielle Hunter, wannabe actress/producer (aspiring double threat!),
was paid $114,461 by Edwards' One America Committee to produce
a series of "webisodes" introducing people to the casual,
"authentic" John Edwards. Why they picked this
lady to make these videos is unclear — she really didn't
have much experience doing anything beyond being, in the words of Jay
McInerney, "an ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious
20-year old." That was a couple years ago, though. Now
she's a 44-year-old former all of those things, and a
weirdo new agey spiritualist flake, according to her website.
But why is the HuffPo so obsessed with her and these totally boring
Because they mysteriously disappeared of course! Conveniently right
around the time Edwards officially announced his candidacy! Why would
he delete these harmless clips at that particular moment? Because he
was having a tumultuous affair with the producer?
No, wait, the other one. The affair one. That one's much more
And Stein doesn't actually say Edwards was having an
affair with Ms. Hunter, but the National Enquirer conveniently ran a
story just veiled enough for all sorts of bloggers to feel v v clever
and proud of themselves when they "connected the dots" (John
met this unnamed lady at a bar do you see??).
Hell, maybe John did fuck this lady! Or maybe she's a nut who
convinced herself they were having an affair! Or maybe the campaign
cooked up this whole hoax to end all the gay jokes! We don't know!
None of this will be cleared up until all
the tv networks start running anguished reports on how they're
not reporting on the story that the uncivil internet people cooked up.
John Edwards was stupid enough to deny reports from
the National Enquirer that he had an affair with that
nutty hippie. Reporters asked him about it yesterday and he said it
was "completely untrue" and "ridiculous." So we're
done with the part where "real" reporters refuse to mention
the story at all until its sorta "reported" in a "disreputable"
tabloid (or website!) and we can move on to the nonstop meta-media "what
have we become" handwringing part where we all keep hearing about
this "ridiculous" story over and over again until they give
John Edwards his own Nobel prize!
The AP makes sure to point out, of course, that if John Edwards
cheated on his wife it would make him the single worst human being in
the history of the world:
Edwards said the story was simply "made up" and
that he loves his wife, Elizabeth, who is being treated for an incurable
form of cancer.
She's got cancer, people! What kind of monster
would cheat on a woman with cancer!
John claimed to still find his wife "warm, loving, beautiful,
sexy, and as good a person as I have ever known." His best defense
against these allegations may be his repeated insistence that
he and his wife have sex all the damn time. Remember the terrible broken
Of course, he'll need all the wink-wink quotations in men's
magazines he can get to beat these unsubstantiated charges that are
so far being denied by both
A set of short documentary film "webisodes" made for
former Sen. John Edwards prior to his presidential candidacy continues
to weave a curious web, this time involving the filmmaker.
The videos, which cost Edwards' One America Committee $114,461, were produced
in 2006 by an aspiring actress/producer named Rielle Hunter, who proposed
the idea to the senator in a bar in New York City. The objective was to
give viewers - and presumably voters - an authentic look at the North
Carolinian. But shortly after Edwards declared his White House aspirations,
the footage all but disappeared from public view. After the Huffington
Post wrote about the webisodes, the videos resurfaced,
both on YouTube and Webcastr.com,
although the anonymous individual who reposted them (user name: "MissingVideos")
has not responded to emails.
Little was known about Hunter as well. Despite working in the movie
business, she had virtually no Internet presence save for an article
in Newsweek about her filming of Edwards and an uninformative IMDB entry
for her work on the short film Billy Bob and Them (2000).
This anonymity, it turns out, wasn't always the case. The Huffington
Post has uncovered a deleted website that formerly belonged to Hunter.
Is Free," the site was last updated on April 22, 2007, roughly
twenty days after Edwards' One America Committee made its final payment
to Hunter's company, Midline Groove Productions.
There is virtually no mention of filmmaking or politics on the site.
And there is little indication as to what Hunter did professionally
- beyond an involvement in various spiritual quests - before she and
her partner, Mimi Hockman, started Midline Groove Production in the
spring of 2006. As Colin Weil, a consultant to the Edwards webisodes
told the Huffington Post: "Neither of them had done tons and tons
of stuff before hand... The whole [Edwards' taping] was pretty organic."
On the deleted pages, the 44-year-old Hunter (formerly known as Lisa
Druck) discusses her former hard partying days, her search for enlightenment,
and her issues with drugs and debt. There is a 2005 interview she did
with one-time boyfriend Jay McInerney, in which the celebrated novelist
reveals that Hunter was the basis for Alison Poole, the main character
of his book, Story of My Life.
"It was narrated in the first person," McInerney writes in
the intro to the interview, "from the point of view of an ostensibly
jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious 20-year old who was, shall
we say, inspired by Lisa [aka Rielle]."
The two go on to discuss Hunter's life after the book's publication.
Here's an excerpt:
Hunter: I thought I was going to LA to be an actress and
to get away from New York because I was doing so many drugs. We always
think we're going somewhere for some particular reason, and it turns
out that that isn't the reason at all
McInerney: Is LA less druggy than New York?
Hunter: Oh yeah. Actually the reason it was less druggy was because
someone referred me to a healer who did a clearing on my energy field.
I was in a state of ecstasy for about a week and realized what I was
looking for, in terms of medication, was inside of me; it was a higher
bliss. With that clearing, all desire for drugs or alcohol vanished.
I became sober overnight. And then I became a spiritual seeker, addicted
to a higher consciousness, addicted to enlightenment.
In the summer of 2006, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards
commissioned a series of web-based documentary shorts for his pre-announcement
leadership PAC, the One America Committee. Within political circles, the
videos were regarded as innovative, having successfully painted Edwards
in a sympathetic, down-to-earth light.
Now, however, nearly all traces of the webisodes - as they became known
- are gone. Links to them on the Internet no longer work. The Edwards
campaign won't release the videos, and the production company behind
the films is citing confidentiality agreements in refusing to talk.
This closed-off approach naturally aroused my interest. In the world
of politics, rare is the candidate who passes on a chance for publicity.
The campaign's explanation for stonewalling, moreover, struck me as
dubious and at times evasive.
I had come to the Edwards' videos in a haphazard way: the byproduct
of a story I was writing on new technology and politics. The webisodes
were not, in any regard, a secret. Edwards' "behind the scenes"
portrait had earned rave reviews in the blogosphere and even a small
feature in Newsweek. But nothing had been written about the films since
Edwards announced his presidential aspirations, and I wanted to know
how the footage would play on the campaign trail.
What followed was a lesson in the profound irritations of political
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards Thursday vehemently
denied a supermarket tabloid's story that he cheated on his wife.
"It's completely untrue, ridiculous," Edwards told reporters
in Summerton, S.C., after being asked about a National Enquirer story
that said he had an affair with a campaign staffer.
The Enquirer did not name the woman or the source of its information.
But the Web site MyDD.com, a political "direct democracy" forum,
posted a statement from Rielle Hunter, a woman who has made a series of
short documentaries about the former North Carolina senator.
"The innuendoes and lies that have appeared on the Internet and in
the National Enquirer concerning John Edwards are not true, completely
unfounded and ridiculous," Hunter stated. "When working for
the Edwards camp, my conduct as well as the conduct of my entire team
was completely professional. This concocted story is just dirty politics,
and I want no part of it."
..."I've been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years and,
as anybody who's been around us knows, she's an extraordinary human being,
warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known,"
Edwards said. "So the story's just false."
Mickey Kaus thinks
"the MSM seems to be strenuously trying to not report" this
story, which is a bit of a stretch, given the flimsy
evidence and the short time frame. I'll betcha anything this will
be all over the MSM within a week...
Yglesias wrote Oct. 14: "Basically what we have here is that
if we assume the anonymous hearsay is true and the on-the-record
first-hand denial is false, then Edwards is either mishandling the story
by denying it too vaguely ("the story is false") or else is
mishandling it by denying it too directly ("made up") but what
if the story's not true? No doubt by now we've had all the legitimate
news organizations in the country looking into it and it seems that .
. . nobody can come up with any evidence."
Bob Wright was full of disgust (here)
at Mickey's pushing this Edwards story.
Mickey wrote circa Dec. 15: "I attempt to defend the tri-modal
model of scandal coverage against withering assault on
Of course, I forgot the most important point--which is that when scuttlebutt
is made public that serves an investigative function--sources
are alerted and come forward, friends vouch, previously unkown emailers
email, and you
find out the truth faster than you would when professional journalists
keep the good gossip to themselves. That includes finding out that a rumor
The way I remember it, I first met Rielle Hunter
in a nightclub called Nells in early 1987, although the circumstances
of our first meeting seem to be in dispute. In my defense I can only say
that events of that decade are not always as clearly etched in memory
as we might wish, and neither of us was living a very sober or reflective
life back then. At that time Rielle's name was Lisa Druck,
and when she wasn't out at nightclubs she was taking acting classes.
We dated for only a few months, but in that period I spent a lot of time
with Lisa and her friends, whose behavior intrigued and appalled me to
such an extent that I ended up basing a novel on the experience. The novel
was called Story of My Life, and it was narrated in the first
person from the point of view of an ostensibly jaded, cocaine- addled,
sexually voracious 20-year-old who was, shall we say, inspired by Lisa.
I certainly thought of Alison Poole as a sympathetic
and ultimately endearing character. One of her most striking traits was
her obsession with truth-telling and her horror of being lied to, something
that I certainly took directly from Lisa. When Lisa moved to Calfornia
and got married I lost track of her, though I was reminded of her whenever
someone would ask me, at book signings and lectures, what I imagined happened
to Alison Poole after the book ended — whether I saw her as turning
her life around or not. Through the grapevine I picked up occasional reports
from the West Coast. I heard that Lisa had changed her name to Rielle,
that she'd gotten divorced, and that she was increasingly engaged
in various spiritual quests which she attempted to explain to me when
I finally ran into her; all I could tell for certain was that she was
a far happier person than I remembered. Recently she returned to Manhattan
and one sunny afternoon in Washington Square Park, attempted to enlighten
me on the subject of her own enlightenment.
One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that rumors
and scandal take on a life of their own. No one even needs to report anything!
Once a story is out there, it's fair game for everyone else to repeat
it, often under the guise of media analysis. The story starts at the bottom
of the food chain of credibility. Bloggers and tabloid outlets egg each
other incrementally on, until eventually more serious outlets pick it
We may be about to leave the early stages of such a cycle with the
growing scrutiny into the professional relationship between John Edwards
and a woman named Rielle Hunter, a.k.a. Lisa Druck, who produced films
for his One America prepresidential campaign. Ann Coulter is even involved!
The following timeline details the anatomy of an innuendo, including
a few steps into the perhaps inevitable future.
* January 2007. John Edwards's One America campaign
debuts a series of Web videos about him, made by relatively unknown
documentarian Rielle Hunter. The pair met at a bar, where she sold the
future candidate on the idea. Hunter subsequently followed Edwards around
the country, filming. Newsweek reporter Jonathan Darman, upon
watching the final cuts, notes that "in the midst of a short theme
sequence that begins each Webisode, the camera lingers over the former
senator's behind as he tucks a starched white shirt into his pants."
* August 27, 2007. The Post's "Page
the following blind item: "WHICH political candidate enjoys
visiting New York because he has a girlfriend who lives downtown? The
pol tells her he'll marry her when his current wife is out of the picture."
This is later reprinted by commenters on the Huffington Post blog.
* September 26, 2007. Young Huffington Post reporter
Sam Stein writes
about his efforts to track down the Web videos, which have now been
taken off the internet*. Stein writes an oddly detailed account of his
chase of the videos and points out that both the Edwards campaign and
Hunter's production company blame one another for their vanishing act.
Stein even checks with the Screen Actor's Guild to get more information
and tracks down production assistants on the project, none of whom will
say much. Finally, Edwards's people offer to let him see the videos
— while accompanied by a campaign minder. Stein says he accepted
the offer, but does not report whether he actually saw them or not.*
* September 27, 2007. Daily Kos contributor Ben
to Stein's post and viciously berates the reporter. "Are we
supposed to infer something from this non-ending, douchebag?" Ben
Bang asks, going on to call him a him a "no-article-finishing,
character-assassinating hack fuck."
* October 10, 2007. The National Enquirerreports
that Edwards is having an affair with a mystery woman who had traveled
with the campaign and met the candidate at a bar. An Edwards rep calls
the allegations "false, absolute nonsense."
* October 10, 2007. That same day, Stein posts
a follow-up to his original Huffington Post piece. He questions
why Rielle Hunter's production company was paid upwards of $100,000
for her work, and points out that she used to be a party girl who dated
writer Jay McInerney in the eighties and inspired the main character
in his book Story of My Life.*
* October 10, 2007. Ann Coulter, late in the day,
mentions the Enquirer story on Tucker Carlson's MSNBC talk
show. Daily Kos once again picks up on it and lists
the reasons why Stein and the Huffington Post are irresponsible
journalists for digging into it.
* October 11, 2007. Mickey Kaus on Slate writes
a post headlined "Emerging
Edwards Scandal?" in which he notes the previous coverage,
mulls what would happen to Edwards's campaign if the story were
true, especially since he's been "tacitly and effectively used
Elizabeth and her struggle" with cancer (the struggle with cancer
no doubt being a large part of why the "mainstream media seems
to be strenuously trying to not report it"), and wonders who might
* October 11, 2007. Jezebel.com doesn't mince
words, with a headline that screams, "Is
John Edwards Cheating on His Cancer-Stricken Wife?" "Who
the fuck sleeps with a married man whose wife has terminal cancer and
THE ENTIRE WORLD FUCKING KNOWS ABOUT IT?"
* October 11, 2007. Washington, D.C., gossip blog
up on the Enquirer story, too. After Ann Coulter (who once
called John Edwards a gay slur) mentions it, they query: "But,
um, Ann? Why would Edwards have a lady-affair when he's a 'faggot'?"
* October 11, 2007. New York Magazine's
Daily Intelligencer dutifully compiles all of the coverage of the rumor,
without adding any information or making conclusions of any kind.
Oh, look, we've reached the present. So what's next?
* October 12-13, 2007. Tabloid news sources
will probably begin to hint at the story. "Page Six" and other
gossip columns routinely use the National Enquirer as a reliable
source, and they will use the growing Internet buzz to legitimize their
reprinting of the story, regardless of outraged demands from Edwards's
* October 13-14, 2007. A more respected
news organization like Newsweek or the Times might
feel secure enough to tackle the story, using it as an opportunity to
examine the "ever-increasing Venn-diagram overlap between blogging
* October 14-16, 2007. If it gets that far,
John Edwards will have to go on television to address the issue. As
when he and Elizabeth announced her most recent cancer news, both will
smile too much for everyone's comfort. And if nothing else, his hair
will still be flawless.
Update: The LA Times saw fit to mention
the rumors last night on their website when Edwards again denied
any affair. Meanwhile, Kausfiles picks
up on a denial from Rielle Hunter herself, and questions why the
Drudge Report has steered clear of this particular storyline. Update 2: The Los Angeles Times link has mysteriously
disappeared, but John Edwards tells the AP the Enquirer story
is "completely untrue, ridiculous...I've been in love with the
same women for 30-plus years and as anybody who's been around us knows,
she's an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and
as good a person as I have ever known,'' he said. ''So the story's just
false.'' Over at the Atlantic,
Marc Ambinder writes disgustedly that the "elite media" has
used the denial as an angle, to justify mention of the "trash"
story. Unclear whether or not Ambinder counts himself as self-same elite