New York Post libel suit: A story too good to check?

The New York Post has an explosive allegation. A single, anonymous source said that Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser was working as a prostitute, servicing guests of the Sofitel Hotel in their pricey suites.

Too good to check? Perhaps. According to a knowledgeable source, the New York Post did not present the accuser’s camp — lawyers, PR agents — with those allegations before running that July 2 story.

We’ve reached out to the New York Post for its take on this matter. It’s possible that an attempt by the paper to get comment did not register with the accuser’s people. We’ll update as soon as new information arises.

A close reading of the story in question turns up no mention of the New York Post having placed the issue of prostitution in front of the accuser’s lawyers.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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