Tim Rutten gives the word from on high about the media and the mayor and the mistress.
Los Angeles mayors Sam Yorty and Tom Bradley were married men who had affairs, which never got into the papers because, even if City Hall reporters had been inclined to pursue the story, it would have been virtually impossible to make it conform to the standards their editors enforced.
Yes, back in the dear golden days of wordsmithery. The less charitable might think that those (nearly always male) editors were cronies and pals of those politicians, and would be glad to keep such secrets. After all, man’s life is his own affair, can’t go telling tales out of school, etc.
Ben Bradlee has told us of his horrified astonishment at finding that Ms Exner knew all of the secret telephone numbers for contacting the President out of hours.