For sure, the allegations against Cain make for a fair and legitimate story, and certainly one that should be reported. Herman Cain is the running for president, and he’s the technical frontrunner—even if many liberal pundits find that status hard to take seriously. Voters have a right to know and to consider this information for themselves.
Yet, while the allegations against Cain are significant, it is irresponsible the extent to which some segments of the political press has allowed them to dominate the political news cycle these past nine days.
Much coverage has had a sort of frenzied, single-minded focus that has come at the cost of coverage of just about everything and everyone else.
Take for example, Politico, which surely helped set this sensational tone when they labeled one of its first stories on the Cain scandal “Bombshell.” Since their initial scoop, the website has published 144 Cain-centric stories, only a handful of them about something other than the harassment allegations.I spent week one lamenting the lack of standards in the story. Yesterday, I noted that I found the woman -- the only one to speak in public -- credible. I believe her. But I am going to return to other topics. I was happy to offer a press critique -- and stand by it -- but this is a different story now and I am in danger of not calling out the circus but in becoming a part of it.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: