Victim of “inside-the-Beltway” media? Not anymore! (Jim Cole/AP)

“Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain.”

Then, yesterday, the Associated Press advanced the Politico story, coming up with a third woman who had concerns with Cain’s conduct as head of the National Restaurant Association. Again, Gordon and the geography thing, via CNN:

“He has never acted in the way alleged by inside-the-Beltway media, and his distinguished record over 40 years spent climbing the corporate ladder speaks for itself,” Gordon said. “Since his critics have not been successful in attacking his ideas, they are resorting to bitter personal attacks. Mr. Cain deserves better.”

A problem is emerging here. The Associated Press is headquartered at 33rd Street in New York City, making it a non-inside-the-Beltway outlet, despite its Washington bureau. Says AP spokesperson Paul Colford: “I would say that we would bristle here at the notion that we’re inside the Beltway — using that to suggest that we are focused on what people inside the Beltway want and want to read.” The AP, said Colford, is all about “translating Washington for a wider audience in small towns and big cities.”

Not only is the news now coming from outside the Beltway, the interest is, too. Check out the titles of some newspapers that thought enough of the latest Cain news to mention it on their front pages: Anchorage Daily News; Sacramento Bee; San Francisco Chronicle; New Haven Register; Miami Herald; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Philadelphia Inquirer.

Come on, J.D. Gordon — drop the weak talking point.