When John Edwards infidelity was exposed by the National Enquirer earlier this month, a lot of my conservative pals were crowing that the Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid, “is usually right about these things.”
Now, the Enquirer is out with a story that VP nominee Sarah Palin allegedly had an extramartial affair with her husband’s business partner.Â I wonder if the same standard about the truthiness of the Enquirer applies to this story on Palin.Â The story is not online yet but in the print edition of the Enquirer.
The McCain camp is quick to threaten the paper with legal action.
â€œThe smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie,â€ said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt.
â€œThe efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject itâ€¦â€
â€œSen. McCain and Gov. Palin look forward to discussing the issues that Americans care about, fixing broken government, creating jobs, making our country energy independent and securing the peace for the next generation by bringing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a victorious end,â€ said Schmidt.
â€œLegal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.â€