As Josh Marshall says, The State in Columbia, South Carolina drove the Sanford story with quality local reporting. Set aside why they sat on incriminating emails for going on seven months. John and I agree that infidelity itself doesn’t mean that much without a hook like Sanford potentially endangering his state by disappearing for nearly a week without word.
We do enough ragging on bad journalism on this blog, so it only seems fair to support the good kind as well. If you live in South Carolina, consider shelling out whatever it costs for a year’s subscription to The State.
I should point out that The State almost certainly got the emails from an anonymous source that they couldn’t verify. Even if they could find a secondary source, which they probably couldn’t until his family fell apart, basic infidelity isn’t that potent a hook. If it was half the careers in DC would end overnight.