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11/08/2011 03:15 pm ET | Updated Jan 08, 2012

Herman Cain Accuser Outed By Media

News outlets rushed to report one of Herman Cain's accusers, after The Daily identified the woman on Tuesday.

The News Corp.-owned iPad paper did not give a reason for breaking with the media consensus not to name any of the accusers who had stated their desire to remain anonymous.

According to Romenesko, NPR, The New York Post and The Daily Caller all identified the woman directly following The Daily's report.

The Daily Mail, Fox News, Talking Points Memo, USA Today, and multiple other outlets had named Cain's accuser.

Politico first reported that at least two women had complained that Cain exhibited inappropriate behavior towards them while he ran the National Restaurant Association. Politico wrote that they had "confirmed identities of the two female restaurant association employees who complained about Cain," but chose against publishing their names due to "privacy concerns."

Mainstream media outlets followed suit, and did not report the accusers' names. Days later, the Associated Press reported that a third woman considered filing a sexual harassment suit against Cain for inappropriate behavior. The news organization did not identify her because she spoke on the condition of anonymity.

However, the story shifted on Monday, when the fourth woman who accused Herman Cain for sexual harassment spoke publicly. Sharon Bialek found legal representation in Gloria Allred, and held a press conference where she detailed Cain's supposed behavior.

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