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McCain and the lobbyist

February 21, 2008 - Steve Murch
I have some serious reservations about the New York Times piece on John McCain and his alleged relationship with a female lobbyist — not whether or not the allegations are true or not, but some of the storytelling has holes. And more importantly too much of unnamed sources.

I’m not pro-McCain nor am I anti-McCain. He’s just one of the choices we have for president. I have reservations about him as a president just as I have reservations about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There also are things I like about all three.

However, back to McCain.

Big newspapers rely on unnamed sources far too often. While the Times piece does have people on the record with input from the fringes, it doesn’t name the two aides who make the direct allegations.

Why keep them unnamed? National security is not at stake. If they are so ballsy to make allegations, have them back up their words. And where was McCain’s part of the story in the original piece? It took his news conference with his denial to get his side.

We have no idea if these people really were high-ranking campaign people or someone who got their hands caught in the cookie jar, so to speak, and were canned. The Times is making sure we don’t know. And the New York Times normally doesn’t do scandal like this.

The big issue the Times centers on is his conflict of interest because the alleged tryst was with a lobbyist. The Times failed to mention that McCain voted AGAINST legislation that would benefit this woman’s cause 12 times — TWELVE TIMES.

Conservatives hate the New York Times. The paper, however, did endorse him in the primaries. While a scandal is the last thing the GOP needs during the election, this may have helped bring the conservatives who don’t support McCain into his corner. There’s nothing like have more ammo against your enemy.

Is there truth to the allegations. Maybe, maybe not. The only people who actually know anything are John McCain and Vicki Iseman.


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