Politics & Government

Edwards tabloid photo offers no clarity

The National Enquirer's purported photo of former Sen. John Edwards and a child it says he fathered out of wedlock is merely making things blurrier.

Two weeks after it ran an anonymously sourced story asserting that its reporters caught Edwards visiting a former campaign worker and the baby he fathered with her, the Enquirer posted the photo on its Web site to bolster its reporting of the story.

The picture -- tagged with a "SPY PHOTO" label -- was out of focus enough to prompt a round of wisecracks from a variety of critics online. Beside the photo is a smaller, clearer picture of Edwards, wearing what looks like the same shirt with the same sweat stains. The Enquirer said it was taken during an Edwards workout in New York earlier this year.

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