How to create a feedback loop in 4 easy steps:
1. Have one of your contributors repeat a spurious claim by a candidate
2. When an outside entity shows how easy it is to get the other side of the story, have another contributor respond that it's "lame" without ever addressing the original claim.
3. Reprint the original candidates response, only this one isn't "lame", instead it is the "truth".
4. When questioned about the entire episode, have another contributor claim they are just reporting the "news, despite the fact that the entire episode was generated by them.
Welcome to epistemic closure - Georgia style.
UPDATE: And of course the AJC picks up the story. And manages to make the candidate look positive. Welcome to the new world. Ain't it grand?