If Mickey Kaus wants to use Slate -- a professional, well-regarded political "magazine" -- to parrot the National Enquirer's "story" on John Edwards, shouldn't Slate fire him if this story turns out to be wrong? I mean, if a reporter from Kaus's hated NYT ran with something like this, he or she would certainly be risking their career on it. Seems like what's good for the goose is good for the gander. If Kaus wants to be journalistically reckless (like Drudge), he should get his own blog.
Slate should understand that it too is now running this ridiculous story. And there should be consequences for doing so.