During the past 24 hours, we have received a number of inquiries — and some criticism — as to why the Portland Tribune did not publish allegations it investigated in 2007 and 2008 by a Portland massage therapist against former Vice President Al Gore.
These allegations have become public in the past 24 hours, due to an online story by the National Enquirer. That story involved an accusation that Gore molested a massage therapist during an Oct. 24, 2006, visit to Portland.
The Portland Tribune is not the National Enquirer — and we don’t think most of our readers expect us to be.
In 2007 and 2008, Tribune reporter Nick Budnick spent several months looking into the allegation. He made public-records requests to obtain Portland police reports that contained very little useable, third-hand information — and that were released to us months after the incident allegedly occurred.