Mickey makes his case for an unsqueamish press. I think the reason the MSM is leery of this story is because someone else has actually claimed to be the father of the child in question and because Elizabeth Edwards is extremely sick, and this story would be an horribly traumatizing question for a cancer patient to deal with.  And there's enough to this story already to bar any near-future public office for Edwards.

So, yes, occasionally the press is humane. Sometimes, that's a good thing.

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