Matt Drudge has apologized for the way he handled the John Kerry affair rumor story. Alexandra Polier, the woman who the rumor was about, has written a fascinating look at how the rumor spread for New York Magazine, and in reporting the piece she spoke with Drudge for 40 minutes.
"In retrospect, I should have had a sentence saying, 'There is no evidence to tie Alex to John Kerry.' I should have put that," he told Polier. Then he added, "If Clark had not gone out there and said, 'Kerry is going to bomb,' I never, ever, would have gone anywhere near this." Once hed posted his initial story, Polier says, he was then encouraged and gratified by the prompt coverage in the UK press. "When the London Times made it a banner headline, like were going to war, I realized this must be true. Murdoch is going all the way with this! For me to do media coverage was one thing, for them to jump from media coverage to say this is actually an affair between her and him and all the rest was something else!"
Another really interesting tidbit from the piece: When Polier met with Alexandra Wolfe, who compared her to Monica Lewinsky and Paris Hilton in The New York Observer, Wolfe apologized to her. "I just didnt think of you as a person," she said. "I thought of you as this Google creation, this Lara Croft character."
Reporters beware: technology has a way of making people seem less than human. There are real PEOPLE behind those names in Google results!
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