Best Political Scoops of '08

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 9:19 PM CST
Sarah Palin walks along the grounds of the United Nations with television news anchor Katie Couric, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/CBS News, HO)
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(Newser) – Traditional media outlets and on-the-spot amateurs alike captured the year's biggest US political moments. Here is Politico's look at some of the biggest scoops:

  • Palin meets Couric: Interviewed by Katie Couric on CBS, Sarah Palin fumbled with softball questions such as which publications she reads. Democrats and Tina Fey pounced.
  • Edwards indulges: Major media outlets ignored a report of John Edwards' extramarital affair, but the National Enquirer caught him in the act.

  • Counting houses: John McCain couldn't recall how many houses he owned in a Politico interview.
  • Obama's pastor: First aired on ABC, videos of Jeremiah Wright saying "God damn America!" flooded YouTube, forcing Barack Obama's race speech.
  • Palin does Saks: Sarah Palin appeared less folksy after a Politico story noted that the RNC dropped $150,000 for her family's wardrobe.
  • Potty mouth Clintonites: Only days after winning Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton advisers boiled behind the scenes, with the Post and Atlantic providing inside looks. Harold Ickes and Mark Penn repeated the same epithet back and forth: "[Expletive] you!"
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