Catfight! John Edwards v. College Student (or John Edwards Silences Student Press)

Carla Babb, a journalism student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, wondered why John Edwards based his poverty focused presidential campaign in an affluent Chapel Hill neighborhood, rather than in a low income community that would better reflect his message about ending poverty.  She videotaped interviews with Chapel Hill residents about the issue (they were split), and the video was later posted on the University's website and YouTube. 


The video got few hits and went virtually unnoticed, until the Edwards campaign tried to get it taken off the web.    Babb said, "I was completely shocked to get a phone call from the Edwards campaign saying that the story was straight from the Republican Party and that we needed to take it down."  The campaign also threatened that leaving the video up would harm the Edwards' relationship with UNC (ie., no more alumni contributions from us, Tar Heels!).  Both John and Elizabeth Edwards attended law school at the University.

See also:

Edwards campaign tried to stop student's TV story, professor says [AP]

Edwards tussles with UNC j-school [The News and Observer]

 

 

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