Online radio talker Rob Zicari looked at the blurred photos in the publication and identified three of the five women. (Obligatory link to his site.)
@benshapiro Looks like Your Boy @tedcruz might have a bit of a problem. https://t.co/JfISIArfXI#CruzSexScandal pic.twitter.com/1V947rgC5d— Rob Zicari (@RobZicariShow) March 25, 2016
As a Trump supporter, I do not think The Donald needs this scandal to win. I did the math, and The Donald has a 67% chance of getting the 1,237 delegates he needs. I haven't bothered doing the math on the odds of a plurality. Trump enjoys a 274-delegate lead, which would be tough to overcome.
Heavy.com is taking it serious, posting its five takeaways:
1. Twitter Users Identified Three Women from the Enquirer’s Photos
2. Cruz Is Accused of Paying “Hush Money” to Fiorina Over His Alleged Affair with a Staffer (Sarah Isgur Flores)
3. Katrina Pierson Works for Trump as a Spokesperson
4. Trump Threatened to “Spill the Beans” Shortly Before the Story Broke
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
5. A Cruz Staff Email Was Found in the Ashley Madison Leak
The third woman is Amanda Carpenter, She tweeted:
You cannot trust the National Enquirer? Unh-unh. That is not what Mainstream Media declared in 2010 when the Pulitzer Committee formally considered giving the weekly tabloid a prize for exposing John Edwards as the pious hypocrite he was and is. The media kept praising him for standing by his wife when she had cancer -- even after the National Enquirer reported that Edwards had an affair with Rielle Hunter, who had his love child.There are too many people I know who have had to increase personal security due to threats from Trump supporters.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) March 24, 2016
From ABC News on February 19, 2010:
The National Enquirer is now legit, according to the Pulitzer Prize Board.
The body behind journalism's most prestigious award conceded Thursday that the self-proclaimed tabloid can compete with mainstream news outlets for its prizes. Because it broke the story about former presidential candidate John Edwards's mistress and love child, the Enquirer's staff is eligible for the Pulitzer in two categories: "Investigative Reporting" and "National News Reporting."
"We'll see what happens," National Enquirer executive editor Barry Levine said today. "We want to see now that the Pulitzer people review our submission and we expect, obviously, that there's going to be tremendous competition in the investigative category and in the national reporting category."
To detractors who contend the supermarket tabloid isn't worthy of commendation, Levine said, the proof is in his paper's reporting.
"The fact that we may package this story along with the types of stories involving celebrities that are not typical of newspapers that the Pulitzer committee may look at on a yearly basis has nothing to do with the reporting," he said. "That persistence, that old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting that we exhibited on this story, at the end of the day, is what the Pulitzer committee recognized."
The news comes a month after the Pulitzer Prize Board administrator said the National Enquirer was "ineligible" for an award. When Edwards confirmed in January that he fathered a daughter with the campaign's hired videographer Rielle Hunter, the Enquirer announced it would submit its reporting for the prize, calling its work "good, old-fashioned reporting."
Besides forcing Edwards to finally admit paternity, the National Enquirer's revelations have also led to a federal investigation into whether Edwards' campaign broke any laws by continuing to pay Hunter after she stopped working for the campaign.The National Enquirer broke the story in 2007 and was the lone publication to pursue it until Edwards no longer was running for the Democratic nomination. Only then did the press consider the story fair game.
The press however went to town with the New York Times's easily discredited story that John McCain -- the Republican nominee -- had an affair with a lobbyist.
The press also tried to cover up for President Clinton's perjury when he denied under oath that he had sex with that woman, that Miss Lewinsky.
Here is a take I might have if the race were close.
Whether Ted had affairs or not, not as important as what wife stands 4- crony capitalism, Goldman Sachs, Bush familyhttps://t.co/q2h3kxm0fT— Wayne Allyn Root (@WayneRoot) March 25, 2016