AP scoops the big boys
It took the NYT seven minutes to top its site with the Associated Press scoop that cleared the wires at 9.08 a.m. Eastern time. The Washington Post got the story on its site a moment earlier.
Before the Edwards story appeared at the sites of the two pre-eminent national newspapers whose reputations rest largely on their mastery of political news, you could see the AP story at such places as Drudge Report, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.
At a time when editors at places like the LA Times are struggling to preserve the resources to cover such things as the presidential campaign, it is ironic that one of the biggest scoops of the political season came not from the ranks of the elite but from Nedra Pickler of AP, whose work is widely and economically available in real time to even the smallest newspaper, website or broadcast outlet.
Editors who wonder why the suits look askance at their budgets may want to ponder this.