Cape Cod paper can’t picture alliance with Enquirer
By Jay Fitzgerald (on right),
Boston Herald General Economics Reporter
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
The Cape Cod Times refused to sell a photo to the National Enquirer of the alleged “secret love child” of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, saying its reporters couldn’t confirm the supermarket tabloid’s story and the Times didn’t want to harm its credibility.
Without mentioning Kennedy by name, Times editor Paul Pronovost wrote a column this past weekend in which he said his reporters investigated the claims of the Enquirer that a “prominent politician” had fathered a child out of wedlock 21 years ago.
“We had too many unanswered questions and decided not to publish a story,” wrote Pronovost.
But the Enquirer, which published the Kennedy story last month, approached the Times about possibly buying a photo of the person the publication asserts is Kennedy’s son, he said. The Times refused to sell an archive photo.
“We do have the photo of the young man in question, but decided that opening our archives to the Enquirer would extend our credibility to a questionable story with too many holes to appear in the Times,” said Pronovost, adding he thought there were also privacy issues at stake.
A Kennedy spokeswoman has denounced the Enquirer’s story as “irresponsible fiction.”