October 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit asks:
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?
He’s referring to the Politico piece about how two women working for the National Restaurant Association, of which Cain was CEO, complained about sexual harassment by Cain and were given severance packages “in the five-figure range.”
It’s obvious in reading the story that these reporters and their editors were highly conscious of the importance of thoroughly backing up their reporting. Despite the number of sources confirming each fact, it’s still being called a high-tech lynching and a hit piece. Some have linked it back to the accusations against Clarence Thomas.
I’d argue that yes, if Politico received information that Barack Obama was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee or two, these reporters would pursue the information. If they found enough evidence – anonymous sources and documents – they’d put their names on it. And of course Politico would publish it – think of the traffic they’d get and the reputation they’d gain if they broke that kind of story.