Wednesday, February 20, 2008

NY Times Weakly Hits Out at McCain

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The NY Times goes back eight years or more to hit McCain. It's pretty damn weak:

WASHINGTON — Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s client, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.
And eight or so years ago, nutjob columnist Paul Krugman was an Enron advisor, so what?

This passes as news at the Times, nowadays? Things that happened nearly a decade ago are the best the Paper of Record can do? Jeez, things really are bad at Pinch's house, aren't they? There's absolutely nothing new in this article and it's an orchestrated hit piece but why now? Why not wait until later when it would at least have some effect or is this going to to be like the Martha Burke/Masters story that will be daily fodder for months?

It's time for someone with the resources that are the equivalent of the Times to start doing some serious background research on Obama, a man who has not been vetted and will never be by the Times. Perhaps the NY Post will take up the challenge and hopefully they can get muckraking extraordinaire Fred Dicker to dig.

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