Chris Haire, managing editor of the Charleston (South Carolina) City Paper, writes in to share the news that Jenny Sanford, former wife of the former governor of the Palmetto State and a figure who knows about media frenzies over allegations of sexual misconduct, was given the opportunity to revise her pro–Herman Cain column in The State newspaper in light of this week’s revelations.
Sanford did alter the column . . . but only slightly.
Scoppe told me that she had received the op-ed last week and had originally planned to run it yesterday, Wed. [Nov.]. 2. However, following the release of the Cain allegations, Scoppe contacted Sanford to see if she wanted to make any changes.
As if turns out, Sanford did tweak the op-ed, but only barely.
Consider this line from the original P&C op-ed:
If the press would spend more time honestly airing thoughtful proposals that are put forth instead of highlighting the best debate quips, we might have a truly interesting race with serious choices.
Here’s how it reads in today’s issue of The State:
If the media would spend more time honestly airing detail on the thoughtful proposals that are put forth instead of highlighting the best debate quips or the newest allegations, perhaps we might have a truly interesting race with serious choices.
In the latest version, Sanford acknowledges the allegations. But other than that, the op-ed is more or less the same.
In other words, Sanford had the opportunity to withdraw or dramatically alter her pro-Cain piece . . . and chose not to.