From Joseph Farah's Oct. 28 WorldNetDaily column:
When Matt Drudge published the press release from Virginia Sen. George Allen's campaign about lurid and sexually explicit excerpts from Jim Webb's novels, some WND readers asked why we didn't jump all over the story.
I'll tell you why.
For weeks, operatives within the Allen campaign were shopping this "story."
We were offered all the excerpts if we wanted it as an exclusive. I turned it down flat.
Because it's a non-story.
That certainly lends some credence to our theory that CNSNews.com cooperated with the Allen campaign in promoting the story. If it was shopped to WND, it was almost certainly shopped to CNS, who didn't think it was a "non-story," devoting a whopping four articles to it.
On the other hand, WND used the it-was-shopped claim to try and downplay the Mark Foley story, as demonstrated in an Oct. 10 article. And WND is not necessarily averse to "shopped" stories, as its cozy relationship with the Alliance Defense Fund vividly shows.