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Thursday, February 21, 2008

McCain Camp Vows To 'Go To War' With NYT

Well, it didn't take long for leftist Old Media to come out and run a "hit piece" aganst John McCain. And it was the Old Gray Lady herself that did it. The New York Times ran a story about rumors concerning John McCain and a lobbyist. From Johnathan Martin and Michael Calderone over at the Politico:

John McCain’s campaign promised to “go to war” against The New York Times Wednesday night after the newspaper posted its long-awaited story on McCain's alleged relationship with a telecom lobbyist. Both McCain and the woman in question denied having a romantic relationship.

The story, word of which first leaked to the Drudge Report in December, relies on anonymous sources tied to McCain who said the lobbyist was warned to keep her distance to the senator in the run-up to his first presidential bid.

So far, nothing new here. These accusations have been thrown around before.


"It is a shame that The New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit and run smear campaign," communications director Jill Hazelbaker said in a prepared statement sent about an hour after the Times posted their story online. "John McCain has a 24-year record of serving our country with honor and integrity. He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election.

And still nothing new. The lefists at the NYT know that the Dems cannot win on the issues and are making early efforts to deflect attention away from those issues. Further, the timing (and placement) of this story looks as if it was also meant to divert attention away from the fact that Hillary Clinton's campaign is severely tanking at this point and she is the NYT's hometown favortie.

But here is another reason why the timing and placement of this story is suspect:

Asked about the impact that the allegation of adultery would have among social conservative activists, some of whom still aren’t entirely sold on McCain, Black said they would see it as “The New York Times spreading rumors and gossip.”

And the McCain campaign pledge concerning the matter:

“We’re going to war with the New York Times, so they’ll probably like it.”

Another adviser to McCain offered a similar defense. “Conservatives are standing up for us,” this source said.

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and a sometime critic of McCain, sided with the Arizona senator, suggesting the Times just used other elements as cover to print a sex story.

“Let's be honest: This story is all about the alleged affair, and all the Keating Five and campaign finance reform rehash is window dressing,” Lowry wrote on his magazine’s blog.

Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, who also had criticized McCain harshly at times, also was supportive on his show.

How refreshing it is to see a GOP candidate who is going to fight back against the left-wing biased of Old Media.

The leftists at the New York Times and their Dem allies may have seriously miscalculated this one. Conservatives, even those who have voiced opposition to John McCain's candidacy, are not going to tolerate hit pieces like this. In fact, this accusation is going to cause more Conservatives to rally around the GOP candidate.

There is a very important moral here. Three things you should never trust in the world of Politics:

  1. Rumors.
  2. Anonymous sources.
  3. Disgruntled ex-associates with an ax to grind.

It didn't work for Dan Rather and it won't work for the NYT.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

McCain Camp Vows To 'Go To War' With NYT
Jonathan Martin and Michael Calderone
February 21, 2008

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