They Report, Then Verify

Stu Woo at The Wall Street Journal:

A California assemblyman on Wednesday resigned after unknowingly being recorded bragging about extramarital affairs with two women, allegedly including a lobbyist.
Republican Mike Duvall boasted about his trysts to a colleague before a July committee hearing, which was broadcast on cable television. He didn’t realize his microphone was on.
“I am deeply saddened that my inappropriate comments have become a major distraction for my colleagues in the Assembly,” Mr. Duvall said in his resignation statement.
Media reports identified one of the women as a lobbyist for California utility giant Sempra Energy.

Note that the newspaper report doesn’t name the woman, unlike the CBS News affiliate in Los Angeles, which broadcast her name, her picture, and live footage from outside her house. How do they know that the California assemblyman was bragging about a woman he had sex with, as opposed to bragging about a woman with whom he never had sex? It isn’t unheard of for men to do that!

I hate television news.