Sorry I Dropped the Ball on John Edwards Scandal
Who could believe he was actually that big a scumbag?
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2010 10:09 AM CST
John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth in 2007.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Andrew Sullivan is really, really sorry for not doggedly pursuing the John Edwards scandal in the same way he went after, say, Sarah Palin. But he has a good reason: “It seemed too awful for me to believe.” Who would imagine that “a husband could do that to his wife then,” when she had terminal cancer? All of us, Sullivan says, obviously excluding the National Enquirer, just “assumed that he wasn't one of the biggest assholes on the planet.”

Sullivan’s own “leeriness of investigating people's sex lives” also contributed to what he considers a journalistic failure. And he “felt protective toward Elizabeth, feeling that investigating this would be deeply hurtful to a woman faced with mortality,” he writes in the Atlantic. “My mistake as a journalist was in making an assumption of a baseline of decency in public officials that it is not my job to make.” And Edwards, he notes, “came closer to power than Palin.”

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Feb 5, 2010 7:45 AM CST
@Count-Spatula he's the journalist we deserve, but not the one we need right now...a silent blogger, a news knight
Feb 5, 2010 6:13 AM CST
To even write this article suggests that Sullivan has a grotesque superhero complex, ie: "My articles are so powerful, I could have changed everything" The f..cking simp. Sullivan has affected nothing affected by politcial discourse.
Feb 5, 2010 5:46 AM CST
who cares what Andrew Sullivan thinks. The guy is a petty jerk.