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McCain Outraged with NY Times Article

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by irvin88, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. irvin88

    irvin88 Active Member

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    John McCain's campaign is expressing outrage over a New York Times story that focuses on Cindy McCain's marriage to the Arizona senator, including her miscarriages, her past addiction to painkillers and her failure in Washington to fit in.

    The campaign's outrage comes on the heels of a letter Cindy McCain's attorney, John Dowd, wrote earlier this month to New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller accusing him of biased coverage for not pursuing more information about Obama's personal life.

    "It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama," Dowd wrote in the letter, which the campaign has made public now in response to the latest report by the Times.

    "You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, 'Dreams of My Father,'" he continued. "Nor have you interviewed his poor relatives in Kenya and determined why Barack Obama has not rescued them. Thus there is a terrific lack of balance here."


    The McCain camp provided the letter to FOX News on Saturday, the same day the piece was published. In addition to the missive, the McCain released a scathing critique of the story, calling it "gutter journalism at its worst -- an unprecedented attack on a presidential candidate's spouse."

    The New York Times defended its coverage of both presidential hopefuls and the story on Cindy McCain.

    "The Times has reported vigorously on the backgrounds of the candidates and the influential people in their lives, including both prospective first ladies. We reported where the facts led us," Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said in a written statement to FOXNews.com.

    "The story was a richly reported, completely fair, respectful -- even empathetic -- profile of a would-be first lady," Mathis added. "The material is almost all from named sources, and the McCain campaign has not disputed a single fact."

    The McCain camp also condemned New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, who co-wrote the feature, for e-mailing a 16-year-old friend of the McCain's youngest child, seeking more information on Cindy McCain.

    "The New York Times has stooped lower than this campaign ever imagined possible in an attempt to discredit a woman whose only apparent sin is being married to the man that would oppose that paper's preferred candidate, Barack Obama, in his quest for the presidency," McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb wrote in the statement released Saturday.

    "It is a black mark on the record of a paper that was once widely respected, but is now little more than a propaganda organ for the Democratic party," he added. "The New York Times has accused John McCain of running a dishonorable campaign, but today it is plain to see where the real dishonor lies."

    Kantor declined to comment when reached by FOXNews.com.
  2. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    I am in no way defending going after spouses like this, but did McCain think he is the only one that would go dirty?

    I mean, they are doing all these "Robo Calls" trashing Obama and they didnt think that Obama supporters in the meida were not going to hit back?
  3. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Um, their job is to watch over all parties, not act as an unofficial arm of the Obama campaign. Ever heard of professionalism? If a Republican paper sent emails to mere school children, looking for dirt on Michelle, it would be equally outrageous.
  4. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    I would encourage people to read the article, it's hardly the attack piece that it's made out to be.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/18/us/politics/18cindy.html?pagewanted=1

    on her miscarriages:

    on her past addiction to painkillers:

    on here failure to fit in in Washington:

    It's ridiculous to call this piece "gutter journalism" or to say that it is an "unprecedented attack". The only part of the article that I found questionable was near the end...

  5. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    You mean the way FOX NEWS has trashed Michelle Obama?

    Calling her an angry woman, that she hates her country, putting up a graphic on their screen that says "Baby's momma".

    Yea, I have heard of professionalism and this isnt it.

    I view both sides going after spouses as off limits, but for McCain's guys to get offended when saying jack about how Michelle Obama has been trashed by FOX is hypercritical.
  6. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    I still don't understand why people think just because you are a success financially, you are somehow obligated to help everyone in your family that isn't.

    It's just another stupid and tangential issue.
  7. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Multiply that by 1,000 and you'll know what Sarah Palin's been through in the last month. Care to express any concern for the trashing of her reputation by the MSM and Obama's surrogates on the Net? I shant hold my breath. And don't get me started on whose children have been attacked and whose have been left alone.
  8. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    because when you're "bullet hunting" any bullet will do. making sense is seldom an option.
  9. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Well, look at this in the context of what it might say and how if Obama feels this way (which I have no idea how he feels about his extended family), how anyone can, with any shred of confidence, think he has their interests at heart.

    We hear Obama say, he care about the Middle Classes interests.
    He claims the wealth should be spread around.
    He claims that people 'deserve' things like health care and homes.

    Really? Complete strangers that he will never even meet, he cares about their interests?

    Yet, he'd be given a pass for not being 'obligated' to help his own family?
    This is flatly laughable. Think about that.

    I'm not obligated to help my family.
    I'm here to champion the cause of a millions of complete strangers.

    The Middle Class is the largest voting demographic.
    Isn't it possible his whole platform is nothing more than false political strategy?

    It's a salient point.
  10. JBond

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    Why does Obama expect me to be spreading my wealth to people I don't even know? He is a hypocrite.

    He is all about bumper sticker slogans, but in his own life he refuses to live up to the expectations he has for me.

    He will not help his own family but wants to obligate me to help others. Your argument is foolish.
  11. Thanos68

    Thanos68 Benched

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    God Bless the NY Times.

    .:bow:
  12. erich1r

    erich1r Member

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    Sen. Obama does not have money like the mccain's and bushes meaning he did'nt come from a wealthy family. There is a difference in being rich and being wealthy. If you did'nt know within the past few years they just paid off their student loans. I say that to compare the two. If mcain had a plan to get this country in shape why wait until the country is in this mess,impliment your plans now under a republican president it's not like it's helping bush. Show us now what you can do. remember mcain is not feeling this financial stress. the man has what 9 houses some he did'nt know he had. People are so quick to judge without knowing facts. We all know politicians say what we want to hear to get elected. I never heard mccain talk about the middle class during his debates ohh yeah joe the plumber please give me a break so do u really think he cares about us the middle class,democrat or republican.Did he really say how he would fix all this? I heard him talk about Sen Obama more than his economic fix. We hear about ayers and wright. what about palin and the group she belongs to or supports in alaska. what about liddy or libby that mccain has ties to. David Letterman got him good with that the other night. If Obamas past needs to be checked so does mccain and palin
  13. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    +5 points... ;)
  14. erich1r

    erich1r Member

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    do u think mccain is helping everyone in his family or is everyone in his family is rich. is he obligated to help u and me . Your statement is foolish
  15. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    PALIN IS A CANDIDATE, BIG DIFFERENCE.

    It was wrong for the media to go after Palin's daughter, like I said family is off limits.

    Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama should be off limits, along with the childeren.

    However, the candidates chose to enter the arena of politics and #$%^ happens. What did McCain think was going to happen by selecting somebody that nobody had ever heard of for VP???
  16. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    So... it's wrong but OK?
  17. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Going after the candidate's family is wrong. Wives and childeren should be off limits.

    Going after the candidates is perfectly legit in my opinion. They chose to enter the arena of politics.

    For example, going after Cindy McCain for drug use should be off limits. However, going after McCain and saying that he is Bush 3rd term is perfectly legit, he is the candidate after all.

    My .02
  18. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    The media wouldn't do what they do unless people wanted to see it. You can ***** at the media all you want, but for every bad story that comes out about one side, the other side cheers it on and vice versa.

    And who decides what is off limits? The media? Us? Which part of us?

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