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NYT Invents A Sex And Lobbying McScandal

In case you haven’t read this preposterous smear from the New York Times:

For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk


Published: February 21, 2008

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.

It had been just a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems had nearly ended Mr. McCain’s political career by ensnaring him in the Keating Five scandal. In the years that followed, he reinvented himself as the scourge of special interests, a crusader for stricter ethics and campaign finance rules, a man of honor chastened by a brush with shame.

But the concerns about Mr. McCain’s relationship with Ms. Iseman underscored an enduring paradox of his post-Keating career. Even as he has vowed to hold himself to the highest ethical standards, his confidence in his own integrity has sometimes seemed to blind him to potentially embarrassing conflicts of interest…

Former McCain presidential campaign advisor John Weaver reads over papers during Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign in New Hampshire January 27, 2000.

And it goes on like that in typical New York Times fashion for another four pages of meandering and opaque verbiage.

It is a classic New York Times “hit job.” Full of lurid innuendo and anonymous sources, but nary one shred of evidence, no proof of any wrong-doing. Indeed, there is not even any clearly articulated accusation.

And it is about events that supposedly occurred eight years ago.

But it was such pressing news that The Times sat on it since December. (Note, however, that the New York Times “endorsed” Mr. McCain even while they were sitting on this story.)

More likely The Times was only waiting until Mr. McCain was assured of the nomination. Or maybe they hoped this would Michelle Obama off the front page.

Or maybe they are now finally convinced that Obama will get the nomination instead of Mrs. Clinton, so that it is safe to bring up sexual affairs again.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 21st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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