It would make my life a lot easier if everyone would understand that I'm not knowingly going to allow anyone to post that Mr. X or Ms. Y is having one or more sexual flings with anybody. Unless it clearly matters to a story, it's irrelevant. And unless I know it's true, it's not going to get posted. So if you know something that you think is important about some kind of sexual escapade, please give me the evidence and the rationale for why it matters. I'll listen.
Once in New York, I wrote a story about a state Senate candidate whose cell phone calls to various girlfriends wound up on a tape that someone mailed me. (One of them said she "almost died for you" to the candidate because he insisted she wear high heels on a waterbed.) It ultimately reached print, with darn few of the juicy details, because the candidate himself called a press conference to accuse his opponent of making the tapes.
But let's cease the endless comments, posted anonymously, accusing candidates and officials of having secret affairs with one another and others. I have no way to know if any of the accusations are true. And I don't usually see why it would be relevant anyway.
I also apologize for the couple of times something has slipped through. I delete them as soon as somebody points it out.
PS: Slightly veiled references such as Person Q will meet a lover at Bar Z for drinks and more won't make the cut either.
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