Cain and the Case of the Misplaced Ws
One of the first things newcomers to my insufficiently esteemed craft learn is how to determine what to emphasize among the five Ws -- plus the H -- that make up the fundamentals of any news story.
They are not all equal.
As a sometime professor of journalism, I'd have to assign a different letter -- F -- to Herman Cain and his advisers for trying to turn the unfortunate public relations crisis that has engulfed the GOP presidential contender this week into a story about How word got out of the sexual harassment allegations against him and Who leaked it.
For those of us who live Inside the Beltway, this line of inquiry makes for a juicy parlor game. But for Republican voters who are trying to decide which of the contenders for their party's nomination can best challenge President Obama, there are far more pertinent questions: