Edwards Campaign Tried To Quash Student's Story, Professor Says

A UNC-Chapel Hill professor says that John Edwards' campaign demanded that he pull a student reporter's television story about the location of the campaign's headquarters.

In it, second-year master's student Carla Babb questions whether it's appropriate for Edwards to base his operations out of his affluent hometown of Chapel Hill -- also home to the university -- rather than a location that might reflect his campaign platform of fighting poverty.

Charlie Tuggle, an associate professor at the school, says the campaign first contacted Babb and asked her to remove the report from the Internet. When the reporter refused, Tuggle says the campaign called him three times, demanding that the story be killed. He says the campaign complained that Babb misrepresented the story she planned to do.

The Edwards campaign had no comment on the professor's specific contentions, but called the issue "silly."


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