How to Report the Lewd and Unproven?

To conservatives who have been chortling in anticipation since hearing about Paula Corbin Jones' accusations in February, the question for the mainstream media is, What took you so long? To liberals who label the charges unsubstantiated and irrelevant, the question is, Why are you raking up this muck? Both sides are right in perceiving widespread journalistic aversion to the story. That reluctance involves ethical and gender issues that go far beyond partisanship.

Jones' charges reached the front page of the Washington Post 82 days after she made them, and fully 10 weeks after reporter Michael Isikoff researched a somewhat confirmatory analysis...

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