It's been up on the Times site and all over MSNBC, if you haven't caught up with it yet. I had forgotten about the tale myself -- back around Christmas that brief flap over a rumored (via Drudge) story that the paper had linking McCain, perhaps romantically, to a female lobbyist much younger than himself who also presented some Congressional ethics problems. It was then reported that McCain and the unnamed woman had hired fixer Bob Bennett to strong arm the Times. Whatever went down, the story never ran. Until tonight. Maybe there is nothing to the Times story, but coincidentally, earlier today I posted (below) an old Times story about McCain cheating on his ailing first wife with his current wife Cindy.
UPDATE: McCain campaign calls story a "hit and run smear campaign" -- but while it says he has not violated the ethics of his job it does not specifically deny any romantic link....Also, it is amazing to see them claim, considering his steep involvement in the Keating scandal, that he has "never done favors for special interests or lobbyists."....Will be interesting to see how Rush Limbaugh et al play this tomorrow: Who do they hate more, McCain or the NYT?.... Mark Halperin at his "The Page" at Time.com says insiders are asking: "What, if anything, did the Times not publish that it had?" and "How much will other print organizations follow up?".... The Washington Post is out with its own much slimmer story on the same subject. It carried a Howie Kurtz story last December 21 that covered the original "spiking" of the story....Reportedly Politico and the L.A. Times were also on the story at some point.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Shocker: 'NY Times' finally unleashes its bombshell McCain/female lobbyist story
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