Bush falls off the wagon?


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OK, it's the Enquirer

but on the OJ Simpson story, it was the paper that every reporter in America was running to catch up with -- and never did.

moiv's picture
Posted by moiv on 21 September 2005 - 7:20pm
Off the wagon?

The National Enquirer was at one time regarded as a reliable source for certain kinds of celebrity stories. As an example, I first read there that Gilda Radnor was seriously ill. As far as I know, that story did not run anywhere else for several months, probably out of regard for her privacy. In that case, the world did not need to know. In this case, of course, the world absolutely MUST know.

I'm not clear whether the Enquirer is still reliable in those situations. I seem to recall that its credibility has since been weakened by a successful lawsuit for false reporting.

Anyway, MG, this is a great post, and thanks for letting us all know.

Ralph's picture
Posted by Ralph (not verified) on 21 September 2005 - 9:43pm
It's A Mistake

I don't think blogs should be playing this allegation up. It's unverifiable and comes from a generally disreputable source. There are too many reasons, based on sound evidence, that the president is incompetent, disingenuous, and committed to harmful policies to sully the credibility we need for those critiques with this kind of rumor-mongering. (If the allegation becomes a pattern, and includes better sources, we can reasonably reevaluate our reticence.)

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Posted by anonymous lurker 22 (not verified) on 27 September 2005 - 1:10pm
Not rumor mongering

I was quite clear about my skepticism of the source. And I am not "playing this allegation up" -- I was just expressing concern, given the stakes involved. Incompetence, mendaciousness and wrongheadedness are quite different from drunken irrationality. If you've ever had to deal with an alcoholic off the wagon, then you know that we're not talking about just poor judgement.

What we do know from other sources is that he often disappears for days on end, is prone to unpredictable irrational outbursts of rage at his staffers, and has a long and rich history of addictive behaviors, from hellyer college days to present.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 27 September 2005 - 1:36pm