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Idaho Paper Attacked by Senator Craig Hits Back

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Idaho Paper Attacked by Senator Craig Hits Back

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In a brief statement to the press on Tuesday -- following news of his arrest in June for certain activities in an airport men's room -- Sen. Larry Craig blamed The Idaho Statesman in Boise for all of his legal and political troubles. He said the paper had been on a "witch hunt" and had "viciously harassed" him, among other charges.

In response, Managing Editor Bill Manny issued the following statement: "As our story today demonstrated, we followed leads and asked questions. We worked hard and behaved responsibly, not publishing a story until it was ready. We didn't print anything until the senator pleaded guilty. Our story outlined what we've done and it speaks for itself."

The paper also posted on its Web site audio of a man who claimed to have had sex with the senator in a Washington, D.C., restroom.

Today the paper hit back in an editorial. The Statesman had probed rumors about Craig's sexual activities but did not publish a story until after the latest news broke elsewhere.

An excerpt from the editorial follows. It is available in full at*

During a brief -- and largely defiant -- public appearance Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Larry Craig apologized for bringing "a cloud over Idaho." We're sorry, senator.

This cloud does not belong to the people who have elected you for the past 27 years. It's all yours.

It stems from your mistakes ...

Craig shed little new light Tuesday on his arrest and guilty plea; he did not provide Idahoans with the full account they deserve. …

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