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Las Vegas Sun: Fox News Received News Of Ensign Affair Three Days Earlier Than It Said

Reported by Ellen - June 25, 2009 -

As we have previously posted, there are some troubling questions about Fox News' role in the extramarital affair of Sen. John Ensign, including the unanswered question as to whether someone from the network tipped off Ensign that the husband of his mistress was about to go public. Previously, Fox said that it had received an email from the mistress' husband on June 15, one day before Ensign made his announcement about the affair. Fox claimed it had never followed up on the tip. Now the Las Vegas Sun has reported, that Fox received the letter by Federal Express on June 12. The Sun has the FedEx tracking report available online.

Jeff German, senior investigative reporter at The Sun, writes: "That would mean the national news organization had additional time to investigate and report Ensign’s affair before the senator’s own admission of the relationship with Hampton’s wife, who worked for the senator’s leadership political action committees.

The earlier delivery date also leaves a larger window of time for someone who either worked at the conservative network or was close to it to tip off Ensign."

It's not clear to me how or whether Fox explained why they previously said they had only received an email, not a letter, but I've written to the reporter for clarification.