November 1, 2011

STACY MCCAIN: “Sources Say:” Herman Cain Meets The D.C. Media’s Scandal Factory. “The political scandal factory will keep grinding away, but Cain was smiling Monday at the Press Club when he described the bull’s-eye on his back as the Republican front-runner.”

I’ll just remind people of Pro Publica’s take:Politico’s story on possible sexual harassment by Herman Cain may be the biggest investigative scoop of the campaign season. But it would be hard to deduce that from the facts as published. . . . It is clear from the story Politico posted Sunday evening that reporters made extensive efforts to figure out what happened. But much of what appeared came from anonymous sources whose knowledge appeared to be second-hand or unspecific.”

And I continue to ask: Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it? And how will people respond — will people respond? — to the next big “scoop” from Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel? Or from Politico?

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