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    No cause for champagne at Politico

    No cause for champagne at Politico

    The champagne corks must have been popping at Politico sometime just after 2 p.m. today, as Sharon Bialek presented her charges against Herman Cain.

    After a week of obsessive reporting (at least 91 stories about Cain’s alleged sexual harassment of employees at the National Restaurant Association), Politico had published not a single fact that showed either what Herman Cain was accused of or what he actually did.

    But that wasn’t the point of the obsessive reporting, which essentially took over Politico’s home page for a week.  Rather, as I wrote three days into the project, Politico was seeking to smoke out people who were not yet identified who would complain about Cain:

    The original thinly attributed and fairly vague article was an attempt to smoke out people who had a gripe about Cain, to create complaints from people who never before complained.

    We’re seeing that now as various people are coming forward saying they heard Cain say “inappropriate” things, or do “inappropriate” things, but they never complained before.

    It’s the sort of tactic we expect of a campaign, where anything goes.

    Yet after a week, Politico still had nothing, and it still doesn’t.  Bialek isn’t someone previously known to Politico, and her accusations never were reported by Politico.

    The Bialek accusations, assuming they are true, in no way vindicate Politico, any more than being right twice a day vindicates either the broken clock or the person who broke it.

    Update:  Thanks to Mark Finkelstein for the audio link:


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    Well, Cain is accused of behaving like a Democrat at one period in his life, so I suppose that is significant if you have nothing else going for you. Ho hum.

    Kenshu Ani | November 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Seems to me that they accomplished what the set out to do. Damage the campaign of a Republican candidate. In my opinion, the Cain campaign did most of the damage to themselves in the way they handled the attack, but it was a result from the Politico attack.

    This is the 2012 election we are talking about. For the leftist Politico, it isn’t about “journalism” its about winning.

    Kerrvillian | November 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    ‘This is the 2012 election we are talking about. For the leftist Politico, it isn’t about “journalism” its about winning.’

    It was never about the supposedly holy concept of journalism for the MSM. They give lip service only at that altar.

    Their real god is empowering their socialist ideals.

    When a reporter at Pravda told the truth he risked arrest, torture and death at the hands of the secret police. When a reporter at the NYT tells the truth (I know, I know, but stick with me on this just a little longer) he risks only actually doing his job.

    Let me get this straight. She was no longer an employee. Previously, they had sat together and conversed on several prior occasions, and had a “connection”. They had socialized together. Then some time later, she called and asked him to meet her for coffee to see if he would do her some gratuitous career favors, when she just happened to be staying in D.C., in a hotel. She agrees to meet him for drinks at her hotel. She accepts an upgraded suite, essentially a present. Still not getting the obvious miscue, she lets him take her in his car to a restaurant. And then he makes a clumsy pass. She’s bummed because his interest in her was not as a career mentor, friend, or golf buddy. How naive was this woman? The invite didn’t come from him to begin with. I didn’t hear that she asked for an appointment to meet with him at his office, or sent him a CV. Welcome to the real world.

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