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09/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reluctance Of MSM To Cover Edwards Affair Becomes A Story Itself

For almost 10 months, the story of John Edwards's affair remained the nearly exclusive province of the National Enquirer -- through reports, denials, news of a pregnancy, questions about paternity and, finally, a slapstick chase through a hotel in Beverly Hills.

Political blogs, some cable networks and a few newspapers reported on it -- or, more accurately, reported on The Enquirer reporting on it. Jay Leno and David Letterman made Mr. Edwards the butt of jokes on their late-night shows, but their own networks declined to report on the rumors surrounding him on the evening news. Why?

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