Updated and Bumped: I never been a fan of John Edwards, and it looks like The Enquirer was correct on one issue at least -- John Edwards has now admitted to having an affair with Rielle Hunter:
Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted to an extramarital affair in an interview with ABC News, the network reported Friday. He denied being the father of the woman's child, as had been alleged in tabloid reports. Sen. John Edwards told ABC News that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter [...]
Speaking to the network for a story to be aired Friday night, Edwards acknowledged the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter, which began after she was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign, ABC said.
He said that he has not taken a paternity test but that the timing of the affair rules out the possibility that he could be her baby girl's father. A former campaign aide has publicly said he fathered the child.
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John Edwards' Missing Webisodes 1-3 (Video)
Published: Oct 11, 07 11:47 PM
It took all of 30 seconds to locate the scandalous John Edwards missing campaign video "webisodes" produced by Rielle Hunter. Something tells the me the right wing blogosphere is having much more fun with this story by pretending they're missing, and don't really want to find them. Yawn...
- Edwards Webisode #1 - Plane Truths
- Edwards Webisode #2 - Golden Rule
- Edwards Webisode #3 - Plight of Uganda
[Update: Webisode #4 - Plugs - has been located and appears in a post linked at the bottom of this page - Lee]
You're probably asking yourself "Who cares? And why?" Well, it's front page news at the grocery checkout stand!
Supposedly Edwards has had an on-going affair over the last 18 months, and the finger-pointing crowd are dangling their digits at Rielle Hunter, the producer of the (gasp!) missing videos - which went missing, say the digit danglers, because (gasp!) Edwards is trying to bury the evidence of his affair -- or OJ Simpson stole them, or Michael Vicks gave them to Brittany Spears -- sorry, I'm not very good at tabloid journalism.
That's right, the National Enquirer. I'm not kidding. It could still be a factual story. Haircut Boy could be getting some on the side -- but it also has all of the earmarks of another right wing smear to me, especially when you factor in that the Queen Bee of EdwardSmears, Ann Coulter, is the first to be banging the drum on this story. Guess her new book isn't selling very well.
Stand by to get Suitably Wonked:
Ann Coulter has been licking her Satan-chops over this one and took a few seconds to mention the scandal on Tucker Carlson's MSNBC thing yesterday (video here). But, um, Ann? Why would Edwards have a lady-affair when he's a "faggot"?
And Jezebel screams:
Faggots can be womanizers:
Is John Edwards Cheating On His Cancer-Stricken Wife?
I guess the conservo-bloggers are getting really tired of being beaten up over Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" remarks and the recent attacks by right wingers Michelle Malkin and others on 12 year-old Graeme Frost, and felt this would deflect some heat.
So is this just another right wing smear? As far as Rielle Hunter is concerned it is...
The innuendoes and lies that have appeared on the internet and in the National Enquirer concerning John Edwards are not true, completely unfounded and ridiculous.
My video production company was hired by the Edwards camp on a 6 month contract, which we completed December 31, 2006.
When working for the Edwards camp, my conduct as well as the conduct of my entire team was completely professional.
This concocted story is just dirty politics and I want no part of it."
I hope she sues... She wasn't a public figure until the right wing Smear Monkeys spread this scandal, so hopefully she'll go after those who linked her to the Enquirer story.
And to throw a little gasoline on this whole affair, why not infer it's all a HIllary Clinton plot:
What the tabloid's readers, in politics and out, may not know is that a key owner of the Enquirer is a prominent New York investment banker and one of Hillary Clinton's key backers, Roger Altman. Altman was an official in the first Clinton administration, and his name is often mentioned as a possible Clinton Treasury Secretary.
And if anyone cares - John Edwards says the story is false.
The Associated Press reported this evening that Edwards told reporters, "The story is false. It's completely untrue, ridiculous." He said the story was "made-up."
"I've been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years," Edwards added, about his wife Elizabeth, who is suffering from incurable cancer, "and as anybody who's been around us knows, she's an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known. So the story's just false."
Update: Webisode #4 - Edwards Missing Webisode #4 - Plugs (Video)
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