The Emperor’s No Clothes: More Papers Jump on Spitzer Scandal

By: E&P Staff

The New York Times broke the big story about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with one or more prostitutes early this afternoon. Now others, and other sections of the Times’ Web site, have joined in.

The New York Post, which initially gave the Times online credit for its
scoop, later led with a story stating only, “News reports linked Spitzer to the indicted Emperors Club VIP, an upscale escort service that supplied well-heeled johns ‘fashion models, pageant winners and exquisite students’ for up to $5,500 an hour. In a brief, cryptic statement broadcast on national television the first-term governor, who attempted to make ethics the cornerstone of his administration, said he ‘acted in a way that violates the obligations to my family, that violates my or any sense of right and wrong.'”

Statehouse blogger Elizabeth Benjamin of the New York Daily News has already posted the state constitution’s formal process for succession on her site, while the paper’s main page has a string of stories including New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine calling Spitzer’s situation “a complete shock”

The Washington Post’s main story for a long time was an Associated Press report, but its popular political blog, “The Fix,” had Chris Cillizza discussing the fallout and possible impact on New York senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, among others. “Even though Spitzer did not address the idea of resigning, talk of him vacating the post ran rampant,” Cillizza wrote.

The Los Angeles Times, which has a news story and numerous blog items, also found the alleged prostitution ring’s Web site, noting it “displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden, along with hourly rates, depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest.”

Don Fredericks, blogging at the paper’s “Top of the Ticket” blog, notes
Spitzer is a Democrat National Committee super delegate, a position he would lose if he resigned. So Clinton would be down one right there.

The New York Times’ City Room blog is updating elements of the story,
including posting Spitzer’s statement and commenting on the cable news ongoing coverage

“A breathless, sputtering shock set the tone on the cable news networks in the immediate aftermath of the revelation by The Times of Gov. Eliot Spitzer?s involvement as a client in a high-priced prostitution ring,” Marc Santora wrote.

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