Let me throw in two cents on the Rosenbaum "Dark Star" non-scandal. Despite an absolute absence of evidence I would like to toss Al Gore's hat in the ring:
So I was down in DC this past weekend and happened to run into a well-connected media person, who told me flatly, unequivocally that “everyone knows” The LA Times was sitting on a story, all wrapped up and ready to go about what is a potentially devastating sexual scandal involving a leading Presidential candidate. “Everyone knows” meaning everyone in the DC mainstream media political reporting world. “Sitting on it” because the paper couldn’t decide the complex ethics of whether and when to run it. The way I heard it they’d had it for a while but don’t know what to do. The person who told me )not an LAT person) knows I write and didn’t say “don’t write about this”.
Rosenbaum then delivers a thumbsucker about the media process rather than taking the icy plunge and delivering the dish (hmm, I cannot endorse or embrace my current Metaphor-Masher). But as to plunges and dish, we have no such compunction!
Lots of reax at Memeorandum: Blog speculators are focusing on Hillary and Huma or Bill and a woman. But I don't think anyone has mentioned Al Gore, mainly because he is not a declared candidate. But so what? Bettors have him trailing only Hillary and Obama in the Dem field; and yet, the "Will he or won't he" stories following his Nobel Prize disappeared almost immediately two weeks ago. Is he really staying out of the simply because he thinks he can do more to save the planet and a private citizen wielding a Peace Prize? Maybe!
But if the guy who is the blindingly obvious alternative to Hillary - experienced, well-known, and a previous Presidential winner (or so Dems say) - is staying out because of a problem with his personal life, well, I can see an ethical dilemma in publishing that. On the one hand the public arguably has a right to know why the best person to stop the Hillary Juggernaut has gone AWOL. On the other hand, why should the LA Times slime a private citizen who is not a declared candidate? Just wondering out loud here.
Captain Ed exhorts the media to stick to the high road; his commenters opine that since the high road would be the path less taken of the candidate in question were a Republican, this amounts to unilateral disarmament. Advantage, commenters!
But, given what Rosenbaum has written, I think it more likely that he is being played by someone with a dirtier motive.
In DC media circles, the phrase "everybody knows about it" is often code. Political Operatives with sketchy info try to get a credulous reporter to disseminate their dirt by enhancing it's credibility with those 4 little words. Not only do the words obstensibly add credibility, but they also get the competitive juices flowing. Everyone wants to be first to break the STORY OF THE CENTURY!
Let's see - some blogger (link?) posted the notion that it's Hillary and Huma but no one will ever be able to prove it - Huma is supposed to be with Hillary 24/7, so waddya gonna write if she is spotted leaving Hillary's hotel room at 4 AM?.