Yesterday, we discussed Elizabeth Edwards’ recent publicity tour for her book, “Resilience.” Today, the Associated Press reports that it was twice denied interviews with Edwards’ because it refused to omit the name of John Edwards’ mistress from its articles about Elizabeth and her book.
The article quotes Michael Oreskes, the AP’s vice president and senior managing editor who said simply, “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”
Requests like this are pretty common now and Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer and Larry King all complied with Edwards’ “out of consideration” in order to score an interview with her. But what does it say about the AP that they have to write an article about why they didn’t write an article about Elizabeth Edwards? What message are they trying to send?