Newsweek and its exalted peers were caught in flagrante on this one and now they're trying to justify their laggardness and bias as true professionalism. But the writing's on the wall for Newsweek and all the other inbred establishment journals out there. And that writing says one thing to the old media: no more walls.
These decorous lords of the fourth estate balk at exposing a lousy little ass like Edwards, "Father of the Year"(I kid you not!) and fraud of the century, but absolutely revel in attacking any conservative politician who stumbles into public scrutiny. In today's internet world, however, any attempt to "mediate" the news or throw up an arbitrary wall of insulation around the "indiscreet" story will be undercut by players who are ready to go where the story goes without a lot of fake qualms over "responsibility" and "respectability," code for looking out for one's own.
Truth is a gem in a pile of horse shit and our lordships don't want to sully their discreetly gloved fingers trying to pick it out. Much better to add to the pile with some of their own - until they get caught with their pants down!