John Edwards Enquirer Source Tell-All

By: Rob Adams - Staff Writer
Published: Mar 5, 2021

John Edwards Enquirer Source. Pigeon O’Brien, a publicist and ex-magazine editor, has confessed. She was the National Enquirer’s source for their early coverage of then-presidential candidate John Edwards’s affair with Rielle Hunter.

Beyond spinning an interesting yarn about her long up-and-down relationship with Hunter, maybe the riskiest “liability friend” ever, O’Brien’s story is telling from a media perspective on a variety of levels, illustrating behind-the-scenes struggles in the political press, as well as humanizing the role of anonymous sources in reporting and gossip.

O’Brien and Rielle Hunter, now the mother of John Edwards’s illegitimate child, go way back, to the days when Hunter went by the name Lisa Druck in the 1980s. In O’Brien’s words, the first she writes, “Lisa Druck was trouble.”

The pair spent decades in and out of contact and then 2004 rolled around. O’Brien started to help Hunter with her “foundation” and website, Being Is Free, with Hunter as her typically flaky self, until Rielle informed her friend that she met someone. Someone special.

As the affair bloomed, O’Brien learned more and more about it, all the while fielding phone calls from press sniffing around the story. For a while, she defended her friend and denied the story, until one day she’s consumed by guilt — for Edwards’s family and for potential Edwards voters as the Democratic primaries progress.


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