Enquirer Deserves Pulitzer for Edwards Scoop

But mainstream media would never give it to the tab
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 1:15 PM CST
A commuter holds a copy of the National Enquirer in New York's Penn Station, Aug. 8, 2008, headlining a story on John Edwards having an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer.   (AP Photo/Ed Ou)

(Newser) – It may be a supermarket tabloid, but the National Enquirer broke the biggest political scandal of the year, and therefore deserves a Pulitzer Prize, contends Emily Miller of Politics Daily. “The Enquirer scooped the old-guard media for the better part of a year,” argues Miller. While TV networks and some papers have scaled back their reporting, the Enquirer “was literally on Edwards’ heels,” with an expensive, months-long investigation.

But mainstream outlets will never give the Enquirer the award—they “would rather see the Earth explode,” jokes the tab's editor. Some object to the paper’s practice of paying sources, but Levine says that they’re only paid after their information checks out. Besides, reporters on the campaign trail had plenty of chances to break this story their way—especially if Game Change’s stories about the Edwards’ public fights are true—and no one even asked.

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