Cain campaign manager: If Politico had standards, heads would roll

David Martosko Executive Editor
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In what he referred to as his final media appearance discussing allegations of sexual harassment against GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain, campaign manager Mark Block told “America’s Newsroom” host Martha McCallum on the Fox News Channel that the reporters at Politico who first reported on those allegations should lose their jobs for violating journalistic ethics.

Block also said during the interview Friday morning that the Cain campaign is considering its legal options and may sue the news outlet over the as-yet unsubstantiated allegations.

“This is the last time that I’ll be addressing the issue that has swirled [around] Washington and the nation this week … We’re not going to play by the rules that the media has established,” Block said. “The fact of the matter — the Politico article — if it was held up to the same standards of the code of ethics for journalism, the people involved with that would be fired.”

“The media, this week, has been a cesspool,” Block explained. “And we’re not going to swim in that cesspool anymore.”


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The sexual harassment allegations haven’t had a discernible impact on Cain’s support among potential voters. A Rasmussen daily tracking poll released Friday morning shows Cain still leading the GOP pack, with the support of 26 percent of those polled. Former Masachusetts governor Mitt Romney is a close second with 23 percent. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has 14. An additional 13 percent are undecided.