The paper can't be accused of underplaying the story, with a front-page splash Tuesday, although the print headline over Raymond Hernandez's expose was deadening: "Candidate's Words Differ From His History ." The photo caption didn't identify Blumenthal as a Democrat either, merely as "Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut."
Compare the Blumenthal case to another politician's personal scandal, one involving a Republican: Indiana Rep. Mark Souder confession of an affair with a staffer and subsequent resignation from office.
While Hernandez bided his time until paragraph three to reveal Blumenthal was a Democrat, congressional reporter Carl Hulse immediately informed readers of Souder's "conservative Republican" affiliation. The headline also outed Souder as GOP: "Citing Affair, Republican Gives Up House Seat ."
Hulse's lead sentence:
Representative Mark Souder, a conservative Republican from Indiana, on Tuesday acknowledged carrying on an affair with a staff member and said he would resign his seat in Congress as of Friday.You can follow Times Watch on Twitter .