In this case, you the Media don't even have to go out on a limb and anger your corporate masters: Ann Romney did your legwork, gave you cover, raised the issue, herself, of her husband's "mental well-being" and the "emotional part" of being President and handed it to you on a silver platter. Hello?! Is anybody home? (It's 3:00 AM.)
Like the concealment of Romney's taxes, Eagleton judged this personal aspect of his life to be inconsequential, so he kept it from the public and the campaign. Richard Nixon, who crushed McGovern, was a well-known caricature of a crazed politician. Turns out it was true, as we read the sordid details of his crack-up in Bob Woodward's books. But not before the election, impeachment, Nixon's resignation in disgrace, and blow to the body politic, described by Nixon's successor, President Ford, as "our long national nightmare." The ultimate irony in all of this is that in breaking Watergate the Media actually did its job. Those days are largely over now.