McCain Story an Indication of “State of the Times”
UPDATE: Times Writer Paid to Write Hit Piece
John Weaver, John McCain’s former political adviser said that he never talked to or asked Vicki Iseman about a romantic relationship with the Senator, because “he never had any reason to.”
CNN contacted Weaver–and fairly easily it seems to us–after the New York Times hinted, insinuated and danced around the idea in yesterday’s story that there may have been a romantic relationship between Iseman and McCain.
Some reports are calling the Times story a “hit piece” and McCain himself labeled the story a “smear” this morning.
|UPDATE: From Newsbusters 2:10 pm Thursday February 21, 2008
It seems that one of the Times reporters on the John McCain story was paid by a liberal activist group to write another newspaper story about another Republican senator a couple years ago.
It’s more accurate to label the story as “Times reporting” and let it go at that.
Former McCain political adviser John Weaver confirms to CNN that he did approach lobbyist Vicki Iseman about eight years ago, during McCain’s first presidential run, and told her she was threatening to undermine the heart of McCain’s campaign – that he is a reformer.
Weaver says he arranged the meeting with Iseman — first reported by the New York Times — out of concern that she was “telling people around town” she was getting access to, and had influence with, McCain that Weaver says she did not have.
But Weaver insists he never talked to or asked Iseman about any romantic relationship with McCain because “there was no reason to.”
“My concern wasn’t about anything John had done, it was about her comments it was about access she claimed to have had,” Weaver told CNN. “I had no reason to question her about anything that is implied in the New York Times story.”
Weaver was McCain’s campaign manager until this past summer, when he left as part of a staff shakeup. But Weaver tells CNN he still talks to campaign officials on a daily basis and he still “loves John McCain.”
“I don’t have an axe to grind,” Weaver said.
John McCain’s campaign would have been better served by issuing a one-sentence response.
“The story appeared in the New York Times.”
Of course, the McCain campaign was likely pleased to have recently received the Times Republican endorsement.
But then the Times had to endorse someone on the Republican side, if only for appearance sake.
The charts accompanying this story show the NY Times stock prices and circulation figures. As can clearly be seen, the Times is in a long-term spiral downwards.
Either graph could just as easily be one of the NY Times credibility and trustworthiness in delivering fair unbiased reporting.
As reported last week, the Times is cutting staff by 500 in its newsroom operations.
The Vicki Iseman-John McCain story is just the latest example of “Times reporting”.
Expect the downward spiral to continue.
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