Back in the dinosaur days of journalism, the mainstream media report of John Ensign’s resignation would say that he quit in disgrace over a scandal involving adultery, hush money and influence peddling. That’s because the plain and well-documented truth is that he violated the trust of his best friend, cheated on his wife, had his family pay money to keep the whole thing quiet, and set up his friend as a lobbyist whose clients would get special pleading.
Instead, both the Post and the Times say that Ensign resigned while “under inquiry”. It’s bad enough that neither paper can just state the facts plainly. It’s even worse that the stories they filed at the end of a pretty salacious scandal are about as interesting as a report on the happenings at a local PTA meeting.