The newly minted editor at the Cape Cod Times, Paul Pronovost, who also moonlights as the paper's Ombudsman, did a pretty good impersonation of a Hamlet on the editorial pages of today's issue.
These are The Times that try men's souls. The dilemma? Should the Times take money from the National Enquirer to photograph the love child (apparently he lives on the Cape) of our illustrious US Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Why take money from the wretched rag that exposed Bill Clinton (Gennifer Flowers) and Jesse Jackson (bastard child) to provide them with pictures to go with the story they already have? Because the mainstream media rely on the Enquirers and the Stars of the world to break the news that they later legitimize.
Lost in his melodramatic soliloquy was any mention of the story's truth. Pronovost notes that the Times expended some shoe leather to track it down, but with no conclusive evidence they declined to run the story. Do you suppose they actually called the Senator and asked him?
More interesting than the soul searching that Pronovost plays out in his essay, was the way he managed to get the story of Kennedy's' illegitimate son, into The Times. Never having reported the story that every other news publication in the known world has been peddling this week, it seems the only paper to take a pass on it was Kennedy's hometown newspaper. Are you shocked?
He does get credit for figuring out a clever way to get the story into the paper though. But is this really becoming of an editor? Taking up the ombudsman's corner of the ed/op pages to do his version of Shakespeare?
Does credibility have a price? http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/edits/paulp.htm>