(screen caps courtsey of Book Asylum)So since the Michael Vick story is hopefully taking a break until December when sentencing will happen, the big story on CNN this week is the arrest of Idaho Senator Larry Craig for laud behaviour in a Minneapolis airport washroom. On yesterday’s Newsroom, Kyra Phillips interviewed Dan Popkey, a reporter with the Idaho Statesman that has been covering the controversy surrounding Senator Larry Craig. Popkey has been covering this story for several months and was recently singled out by the Senator in a news conference. Below is part of the CNN transcript of the interview:
KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: The White House says it's disappointed by Senator Larry Craig's arrest in an airport sex sting. Craig, however, insists he did nothing wrong. And even though he pleaded guilty, he says he shouldn't have. Either way, the rumors that surround Craig's personal life are not new. In fact, "The Idaho Statesman" was investigating allegations about Craig at the time of his arrest. The senator accuses the paper of conducting a witch-hunt. Dan Popkey is a reporter for "The Statesman." He joins me from Boise. And just to set it up, Dan, it is your article and your months of investigating that has triggered a lot of the controversy, a lot of the talk right now. The senator even mentioning your newspaper yesterday in the news conference.
PHILLIPS: So, Dan, let me ask you. Are you or anyone there at the newspaper on a witch-hunt?
DAN POPKEY, REPORTER, IDAHO STATESMAN: No, we have been careful, cautious, thorough, courteous from the start. We did not, in October when the blogger first published this claim about the senator having sex with men, we didn't report that. We took a pass on that because we didn't want to rely on somebody else's anonymous sources. Instead, we invested about five months now of reporting time on this story. It concluded -- go ahead. I'm sorry.
PHILLIPS: No, no, no. Go ahead, Dan. Go ahead.
POPKEY: Well, we finished the job essentially, we suspended the inquiry, if you will, after we interviewed the senator on May 14th, and we had decided that, based on his very firm denial of any homosexual conduct ever in his life, that a man of his credibility, of his -- a man who had served Idaho for a very long time with distinction, that we weren't going to use three anonymous sources to hang a story on. But we were going to wait and see if there were further developments in the story, if there was new evidence. That new evidence came on Monday when roll call broke the story of the senator's guilty plea.
For the full transcript, click here (it starts midway down the page)
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