Let the games begin! The NY Times has put forth an “article” attacking John McCain. As has become typical of what passes for journalism at the NYT. Relying on innuendo, no corroboration, and no identifiable sourcing, they have put forth what can only be called character assassination in print.
The NYT has gone to ground on this one. They aren’t defending the article, at least not publicly. While they say they “stand behind” the article, they won’t go on air, either on TV or radio to defend their reporting. They hide behind memos and releases. They have refused any and all offers to appear on various shows. They ignore the information provided not only to them, but other press outlets by the McCain campaign, as well as statements by the principles of the alleged incidents. Not to mention that this has been brewing since October of last year, since when the McCain people have been providing the NYT with information regarding the issue.
Of course none of that really matters to the NYT. Where once the motto was “All the news that’s fit to print,” it’s now “All the news we can make fit into our agenda.” Truth? Journalistic integrity? All long gone now from the NYT. How can anyone be expected to take this scream sheet seriously anymore? I mean come on, Drudge wouldn’t run the story, but the NY Times will?
And why sit on this until now? From what’s being reported elsewhere, not only Drudge had the story in December, but the New Republic Online did as well, with both seeking comment from the McCain campaign. This one smells, and badly. It reeks not only of bad journalism, but political partisanship, character assassination, and tabloid titilation.
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Looks more and more like the NYT fumbled this one almost as bad as Dan Rather did at CBS. No need for a strong denial as the story has no legs.
More from Captain’s Quarters Be sure to follow links to Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The report from the LA Times about the Boston Globe’s refusal to run the story.