Thursday, February 21, 2008

All the news unfit to print

The New York Times, rather than stick to stories that actually make sense, has chosen to get into the gutter against John McCain:

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.

Of course the Times proceeds to provide no proof of the allegation, which may indeed be true since Washington tends not only to be a center of political corruption, but also a cesspool of lust. As might be expected, John McCain adamantly denies any affair with his lobbyist friend:

McCain described the woman in question, lobbyist Vicki Iseman, as a friend.

The newspaper quoted anonymous aides as saying they had urged McCain and Iseman to stay away from each other prior to his failed presidential campaign in 2000. In its own follow-up story, The Washington Post quoted longtime aide John Weaver, who split with McCain last year, as saying he met with lobbyist Iseman and urged her to steer clear of McCain.

Weaver told the Times he arranged the meeting before the 2000 campaign after "a discussion among the campaign leadership" about Iseman.

But McCain said he was unaware of any such conversation, and denied that his aides ever tried to talk to him about his interactions with Iseman.

"I never discussed it with John Weaver. As far as I know, there was no necessity for it," McCain said. "I don't know anything about it," he added. "John Weaver is a friend of mine. He remains a friend of mine. But I certainly didn't know anything of that nature."

John McCain is learning the cardinal truth of how the modern media works. Up to now he has been the darling of the press because he is perceived by them as good since he has "stood up" to his own party. He is still a Republican, however, and he is standing in the way of history-or so the press perceives it.

If the McCain camp believed that his maverick image would cause the press to treat him fairly during a General Election campaign, they have likely received a rude awakening.

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At Friday, February 22, 2008 1:19:00 AM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

Oh, gee. Who couldn't have seen THIS coming?

The same person who is using attempts at political and character assassination to hurt Obama is whining and complaining about the New York Times and what they are supposedly doing to McCain.

Pot, meet kettle.

Is it even remotely possible for you to get some character and integrity at this point?

It says up in the description of this blog that it's supposed to be a reflection of Christ, but I fail to see how this blog is living up to that standard. Lying, distorting, the use of double standards....none of these actions are very Christ-like.

The phrase "practice what you preach" is really apropos here.

No one is asking anyone to like Obama's politics or ideology, but you could at least be courageous enough to handle this campaign season the right way -- in a Christ-like manner.

Of course, that's probably expecting too much. You don't even have the courage to stand up for yourself, much less the dignity of others.

At Friday, February 22, 2008 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the NYT has more that hasn't come out yet. Why it hasn't is a real mystry to me. Yes, it's possible that they don't have more but I can't see the NYT going this far out on a limb with only this. In fact, I cna't see any reputable media establishment doing it, regardless of where they are on the political spectrum. Drudge, Limbough and others of their ilk, yes, sure. Drudge is a gossip monger (that occasssionally scores big) and Limbough is an entertainer and it doesn't matter if it's true or not, only that it entertain.
This story has legs if the focus is on the lobby side of the story. Was Sen. McCain's actions unethical with respect to lobbying? Becuase, guite frankly, no one really cares about any 'canoodling in the dark' typ;e of details. First, we all know he cheated on his first wife (and mother of his childern) with a rich mistress whose money luanched hsi political career - we know that and secondly ... Secondly, after all the Monica drama and sebsequent GOP scandals (Vitter, Foley and so on ... can you say "wide stance"? I know you can) folks just don't care.
No, this is only a real problem for McCain if it can be shown that he acted improperly with regard to the issues before his committee, issues that Ms. Izzeman (sp?) was representing for her clients. If that happens the 'Straight Talk Express' goes straight off a cliff. Hmm ...
Maybe, just maybe, this is why Huckabee hasn't gotten out of the race??


At Friday, February 22, 2008 9:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based in Sources with Washington Times this is but the tip.

At Friday, February 22, 2008 11:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a link for that? Thanks!


At Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot link it as it has not been in print but a reliable reporter will be releasing it soon. When it breaks I will get you the data.


At Sunday, February 24, 2008 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand. It'll be interesting reading. Thanks!



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