And They Say Blogs Are Gossipmongers?
NEW YORK TIMES BLISTERS McCAIN OVER UNPROVEN ALLEGATIONS OF AFFAIR WITH LOBBYIST
FITSNews – February 21, 2008 – The conventional thinking is that political blogs like FITSNews are supposed to be the gossip mill rumor factories, while the mainstream press is a bastion of journalistic integrity that keeps it focused on the issues and stays above all of the “who’s banging who” fray. Well, not anymore. The New York Times completely turned that thinking on its head this morning with a blistering hit piece on presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Among other undocumented insinuations, the Times “report” basically suggests that McCain had an inappropriate physical relationship with telecom lobbyist Vicki Iseman. From the story:
A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a clientâ€™s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself â€” instructing staff members to block the womanâ€™s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.
But the concerns about Mr. McCainâ€™s relationship with Ms. (Vicki) 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.
Well, well. The Times even uses anonymous sources, too, although from the Washington Post’s articleÂ it seems prettyÂ clear thatÂ the rumors are originating from former McCain campaign manager John Weaver.
Personally, we’ve never cared that much whether or not our Presidents kept it in their pants. We’d obviously prefer it if they did, but we’ll take a sex addict who cut capital gains taxes over a free-spending faux conservative any day of the week. Having said that, though, what’s out of bounds when it comes to publishing details of our leaders’ private lives? Tell us what y’all think …