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WASHINGTON--The McCain campaign unleashed a furious attack on the New York Times for digging into the background of Cindy McCain--as her attorney asserted the paper is not looking deeply at Barack and Michelle Obama.

Her attorney wrote a stinging letter to the managing editor of the New York Times about how the piece was prepared--claiming a reporter contacted a teen on her Face Book page to get some leads.

In the letter released by the McCain campaign, attorney John Dowd notes that Cindy McCain's battles with drugs and the management of her charitable life have been long reported and then he wonders why the paper has not plowed more new ground with Barack and Michelle Obama.

"It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama. You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, Dreams of My Father," Dowd wrote.

"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.

"I suggest to you that none of these subjects on either side are worthy of the energy and resources of The New York Times. They are cruel hit pieces designed to injure people that only the worst rag would investigate and publish. I know you and your colleagues are always preaching about raising the level of civil discourse in our political campaigns. I think taking some your own medicine is in order here."

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From the McCain campaign...

All: Please see statement by McCain-Palin spokesman Michael Goldfarb on the New York Times' unprecedented trash report about Mrs. Cindy McCain.

Also, please see below a Facebook message that its author NYT reporter Jodi Kantor sent to a 16 year-old schoolmate of the McCains' daughter, Bridget, trolling for information on Mrs. McCain, as well as an October 1 letter to NYT Managing Editor Bill Keller by Mrs. McCain's attorney questioning the sourcing and reporting of this story.

"Today the New York Times launched yet another in a series of vicious attacks on Senator John McCain, this time targeting not the candidate, but his wife Cindy. Under the guise of a 'profile' piece, the New York Times fails to cover any new ground or provide any discernible value to the reader other than to portray Mrs. McCain in the worst possible light. Though Mrs. McCain's battle with drug addiction and even her miscarriages are again reported, the paper entirely ignores a life devoted to family and charity work in the most impoverished and violent corners of the world -- except when a detail can be quibbled with so as to imply some kind of deceit.

This campaign made every effort to share personal accounts of Mrs. McCain's good works with the paper, but apparently they were deemed unfit for publication in the New York Times. This is gutter journalism at its worst -- an unprecedented attack on a presidential candidate's spouse.

"In order to assemble this barrage of petty and personal attacks, the New York Times employed tactics that are obviously unprofessional and almost certainly unethical. This campaign has obtained a copy of an email sent by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor to a 16-year-old girl and friend of Bridget McCain, the youngest of the McCain children. Ms. Kantor sought to dupe the unsuspecting minor by soliciting 'advice' on how best to approach the story, as if a top-flight investigative reporter at the New York Times would need the assistance of an underage girl in writing a hit piece.

"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. 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. 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." --McCain-Palin spokesman Michael Goldfarb

See below for: 1.) Facebook message by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor to a 16 year-old schoolmate of John and Cindy McCain's daughter, Bridget, trolling for information on Mrs. McCain; 2.) October 1, 2008 letter by Mrs. McCain's attorney, John Dowd, to NYT Managing Editor Bill Keller


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I saw on facebook that you went to Xavier, and if you don't mind, I'd love to ask you some advice about a story. I'm a reporter at the New York Times, writing a profile of Cindy McCain, and we are trying to get a sense of what she is like as a mother. So I'm reaching out to fellow parents at her kids' schools. My understanding is that some of her older kids went to Brophy/Xavier, but I'm trying to figure out what school her 16 year old daughter Bridget attends-- and a few people said it was PCDS. Do you know if that's right? Again, we're not really reporting on the kids, just seeking some fellow parents who can talk about what Mrs. McCain is like.

Also, if you know anyone else who I should talk to-- basically anyone who has encountered Mrs. McCain and might be able to share impressions-- that would be great.

Thanks so much for any help you can give me.

Jodi Kantor
Political correspondent
New York Times
kantor@nytimes.com
212 556 4596

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Dear Mr. Keller:

I represent Cindy McCain. I write to appeal to your sense of fairness, balance and decency in deciding whether to publish another story about her. I do this well knowing your obvious bias for Barack Obama and your obvios bias hositility to John McCain. I ask you to put your biases and agendas aside.

I understand that Cindy is in the public eye, but you have already profiled her extensively (Jennifer Steinhauer reported), written about her financial situation (including an editorial on her tax returns) and about her role at Hensley and Company.

I am advised that you assigned two of your top investigative reporters who have spent an extensive amount of time in Arizona and around the country investigating Cindy's life including her charity, her addiction and her marriage to Senator McCain. None of these subjects are news.

I am also advised that your reporters are speaking to Tom Gosinski and her cousin Jamie Clark, neither of whom are reliable or credible sources. Mr. Gosinski has been publicly exposed as a liar and blackmailer on the subject of Cindy McCain. Jamie Clark has very serious drug and stability issues and has failed in a number of attempts to blackmail Cindy. She is simply not credible.

In 1994, Mr. Gosinski drafted a civil complaint for damages claiming, among other things, that Cindy had defamed him with prospective employers after he was discharged from AVMT. Those allegations were utterly false. He was unable to produce any prospective employers and Cindy had not discussed his deficiencies as an employee with anyone outside of AVMT. Indeed, his termination was demonstrated to be appropriate and when he was let go, Cindy gave him severance pay. When confronted with this evidence, his lawyer resigned. Gosinski never filed the complaint in Court and could produce no evidence to support any of its allegations. He attempted to have Cindy pay him $250,000 in exchange for not filing the complaint. Cindy refused and made his attempt to extort her public.

Thereafter, he amended his complaint to allege that Cindy asked him to commit perjury in the adoption proceed involving Bridget McCain. The notes of Cindy's counsel and the official transcript of the adoption proceedings clearly demonstrate that Gosinski's was never asked to lie and did not falsely testify in the proceeding. His allegation was an utter fabrication. Gosinski further alleged that Cindy used his name to obtain pain killers for her own personal use. The records of AVMT show that Dr. Max Johnson, licensed by the DEA to order drugs, directed the use of employee names on the prescriptions. The drugs obtained using Mr. Gosinski's name were used and donated on an AVMT trip to El Salvador. They were not used by Cindy.

These allegations and efforts to hurt Cindy have been a matter of public record for sixteen years. Cindy has been quite open and frank about her issues for all these years. Any further attempts to harass and injure her based on the information from Gosinski and Clark will be met with an appropriate response. While she may be in the public eye, she is not public property nor the property of the press to abuse and defame.

It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama. You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, Dreams of My Father. 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.

I suggest to you that none of these subjects on either side are worthy of the energy and resources of The New York Times. They are cruel hit pieces designed to injure people that only the worst rag would investigate and publish. I know you and your colleagues are always preaching about raising the level of civil discourse in our political campaigns. I think taking some your own medicine is in order here.

I ask you to let Cindy McCain carry on in her usual understated, selfless and dignified way. The fabrications and lies of blackmailers are not fit to print in any newspaper but particularly not in The New York Times.

Sincerely,

John M. Dowd

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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44 Comments

Boy! What's wrong with our political system in this, The McCains have skillfully used the media for the successes in their lives especially when they what to show off the their ranch in Sardonia.
They were also aided because of his Hero status somewhat a free ride during the Keating Five S&L Scandals. I bet they have a great deal to hide and the problem with Michelle Barack is they haven't been on the scene that long.


Why don't you just leave the families out of it and stay focused on the candidates.

It is obvious who you are pushing for to be the next president and have "reported" very one sided thoughout.

I'm a voter who is just tired of hearing all the spins being put out. This has been one of the worst election campaigns, and more money spent for trying to get "the one" elected. The millions in advertising could have been better spent helping people in need, instead it has been spent lining the rich with more money.

It is in fact very sad when the media can state anything they want to further there politcal wants and desires. The truth of the matter is the media is so left they have lost their objectivity. This coupled with thier hate for Bush makes them so unfair in thier writing that nobody can really trust what the media says. If Oboma wins the race the American public can give most of the credit to the media. It will be very interesting to see how they look at every misspronounced word or missundesrstood phrase Oboma makes. My bet is he will get a pass on this and other issues. The media has become nothing but a whore for the liberals. You will note there is not on critical statement about Oboma in this email because the media has not investigated him as fully as they have Mccain and his wife. Very sad pseudoprofessinals

Obviously, Jodi wrote the article in the New York times for one reason to smear Cindy McCain. But why? A college mate who majored in Psychology once told me of a theory that applies 100 % to negative comments. The person making the negative comments is projecting the bad feeling they have for them self: haterd, jealousy, anger, failure as a person, low self esteem and the best quality being - mean spirted as a life goal. What more can be said about Jodi Kantor. AMP-Oregon

It becomes even more apparent that the NYT has lost any credibility as a non-partisan publication.

Where are the investigative reports on who wrote recommendation letters for Barack Obama to Harvard? (Palinsky-Rules for Radicals) Where are the informative articles about the radicalization of youth programs funded by William Ayers initiatives-funds dispersed by a young lawyer,Barack Obama? Where are the investigative reports on how Barack Obama spent his Columbia years?

I am a registered Independent and I have yet to make up my mind who I will be voting for on November 4th. However, I must say that the mainstream media in this country is so blatantly in the corner for Barack Obama that it is beyond appalling. It would be virtually impossible for any candidate to get elected if they had to fight a biased media as well as their opponent. I will spend the next week analyzing how the media behaves, and if it gets any worse than it is now, which would be hard to believe, I'm going to vote for John McCain and I'm going to encourage my other independent friends to do the same.

Indeed...where is Obama's drug dealer. Where are his medical records? (he hasn't released a single page, while McCain has released them all). What were Barack and Michelle Obama's grades which "got" them into Columbia and Princeton? Did the NYT find any poor white students who were passed over so that the Obamas could receive an affirmative action quota to the Ivy League?

The New York Times has stooped to the very bottom of the pit. My journalism professors are probably spinning in their graves and chatizing themselves for recommending that we students read the New York Times. That was then. This is now. What happened to the newspaper whose motto is "All the news that's fit to print?"

It's time we started investigating the investigators. There is a lot of talk about donating to a group to hire private investigators to dig into the lives of hit piece artists like Jodi Kantor and publish all dirt found all over the intenet. I think it is a good idea, people like Kantor are nothing but slime merchants.

I don't find anything wrong with the Times trying to decifer Cindy's past (and probably present) drug use. For God's sake, she is a self admitted drug addict. Yes Obama may have wrote in his book that when he was in college he did smoke a marijuana cigarette, but he did not have doctors working for his company writing fake prescriptions for all types of pills to get high. Instead of looking for his dealer, let's say we look for and prosecute those doctor's that violated their professional oaths. After all, her crimes were far worse.

Who cares what these no life, snotty nose journalists write anymore? why give them the satisfaction....it has been clearer then EVER that Journalism in America, for the most part is D-E-A-D. It used to be about accuracy, but sadly now it is about advocacy, with hysterical doses of America Bashing...and we should NOT stand for it!

SO....All kind, honest, common sense, hard working Americans should instead, start writing letters, posting and talking about all the POSITIVE things that we wish the media WOULD say...boycott the MSM and Hollywood, and drown out the BS with the TRUTH...truth speaks :)

I will start: Cindy McCain makes me proud :)

CINDY McCAIN IS THE ORIGINAL ANGELINA JOLIE!
Mrs McCain adopted a baby, from one of Mother Teresa's Bangladeshi orphanages, FOURTEEN years before Angelina Jolie and Madonna made it "cool"

Cindy McCain, has spent her entire LIFE in the trenches and the most deprived and forgotten corners of our planet, building hospitals, and caring for unwanted and sick children.

Mrs. McCain founded and ran a non-profit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, from 1988 to 1995 that organized trips by medical personnel to disaster-struck or war-torn third-world areas
such as Micronesia, Vietnam (before relations were normalized between them and the U.S., Kuwait (arriving five days after the conclusion of the Gulf War, Zaire (to help refuges from the Rwandan genocide, Iraq, Nicaragua, India, Bangladesh and El Salvador.

She has been a PIONEER for "Operation Smile", and leads the way by EXAMPLE, and has been active on the board there since 2001.

She joined the board of directors of CARE in 2005.

She is on the board of the HALO Trust, and has visited operations to remove landmines in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and Angola

And one of the coolest things about Cindy McCain (besides being married to a TRUE AMERICAN HERO and MAVERICK!) is that she is an amateur pilot and draft race car driver!!! that is HOTT!

Lets make sure the rest of the Country knows the amazing scarifices and hard work this woman has done here and around the world, on behalf of our Country! What an INCREDIBLE First Lady she will make :)

thanks!
Christy

the new york times again show their lower then the gutter id trust in the globe befor the times if they say its raining id look outside too double check this is the trashyest paper in the worls and nbc.abc,cbs,cnn are all in the gutter along side them ill never watch any of those stations again and the times id toss in the fire

Hello...

I cannot help but feel that McCain and his cronies brought this upon themselves.

If I recall, several months ago, I distinctly read that McCain, himself, stated that this election was going to be a very mature, no smear campaign. McCain's ads have been 100% negative!

I might add, the day I heard Cindy McCain demonize Barack about cold chills running up her spine when Barack did not vote to support our troops. I would like to correct this information. Barack voted against supporting our troops because there was no withdrawal date AND Cindy's lovely husband voted AGAINST supporting our troops because there WAS a withdrawal date. And when she also stated that Barack had put her son in harm's way, I am here to tell you that her son was NOT in Iraq at the time his vote took place.

So, Cynthia and John...just remember...what goes around comes around!

Heffelfinger

The usual tempest in a teapot. The article referred to is factual and even somewhat sympathetic to Ms McCain, citing the pain she felt at being excluded from the clubbiness of Washington wives and her determination to defend and be of assistance to her husband. Is the campaign complaining that she was even deemed worthy of a profile? Or is it just whipping up a frenzy among the faithful yet again by lashing out at its favorite target, the MSM?

The McCain camp sure likes threatening and/or implying legal action! McCain's got lawyers running to and fro, filing lawsuits here and there, for both himself and Palin. Isn't this McCain the same McCain who rails against Trial Lawyers???? You betcha! Come to think about it, he's railed on trial lawyers throughout his campaign. What a joke.


Well, well, well Senator McCain. You can dish it out but you can't take it.

Of all the dirty rotten things you have said about Senator Obama, you have a lot of nerve to call foul.

Senator Obama has too much class to air your plethora of dirty laundry stories in your past, so I thank the New York Times for giving you a dose of your own!!

Suck it up bucko!! You and your twisted wife deserve every minute of it...

RE: Article on Cindy MCCain in the NY Times

This is the most gutteral journalism ever printed. You are no better than the rag papers.
Shame on you. If you think that this type of trash helps your candidate you are mistaken.
This article has no place in the election, it simply should not be allowed. Is is biased and unfair. I have changed my mind on my vote after reading this article. Stick to the Candidates and leave their families out of it. If you can't, then do the same digging for infomation on both candidates.

You can be sure that if Michelle Obama had ever stolen drugs from a charitable organization to feed her habit, as Cindy McCain has, the McCain campaign would be haranguing about it endlessly. If the self-proclaimed Senator Maverick insists on having his emaciated but otherwise attractive wife as a decoration at every appearance, it's only predictable she's going to be scrutinized.

The NYTimes has once again shown it's contempt for all republicans not just the McCains. I think that the ;eft wing media and it's supporters had best know that whether it's Democrat or Republican that they are smearing it's also a smear on the American people who support the candidates. I myself am sick and tired of the media in general, look what they did to Joe. He was smeared for no reason. It's just like a bunch of kids in a fraternity talking about and running down whom ever they choose.

Wow, I didn't know all of those things about Cindy. What a brittle, cold little woman. I'm glad the New York Times did this story. I'm backing off the McCain campaign now. I'm going Obama. I sure do like Michelle Obama. She's wholesome, nurting and warm -- my kind of First Lady.

The McCain campaign has been so bereft of ideas that it has relied entirely on a smear campaign on Obama's character based on outright lies and character assassination by association, but how DARE the press raise the character issue about the woman who would be First Lady if McCain won. Oh, PUH-LEEZE! The depths of Republican hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me -- even after eight years of the Cheney-Bush occupation of the White House!

lets see...obama admits to frequent pot use and snorting cocaine and the Times does nothing to follow up on that. instead, it focuses its efforts on mccain's wife.

yeah, that makes sense.

The NYT has been able to achieve a SIGNIFICANT milestone and needs to be recognized, It is finally on par with the National Enquirer and the information contained therein worth just about as much. The good news here is its also just a matter of time before this rag declares bankruptcy.

I've noticed my Starbuck's has this rag in its newstand. I think I'll give them a choice - lose my $4.00 a day business or dump the rag.

Life IS GOOD.
Mike Donovan

It disgusts me that the news media is electing our President. Shame on the American people for allowing it.

I used to like John McCain. But now all he seems to be able to offer, instead of significant plans as to how he'll help this country, is anger against Obama. I also feel his choice of a vice presidential candidate was a desperate move, not well thought out. His campaign style has served to divide, not unite, a country that has been bankrupted through years of mismanagement. We need a measured, intelligent, knowledgeable president, not one who will fly off the handle or make hasty, inconsidered choices. Obama has proven his statesmanlike qualities throughout this campaign. He has raised political campaigning to a new level by keeping his eye on what's important. He has proved he has enormous strength, wisdom and ability to lead. I am convinced he will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents.

Positively disicable of you to single out this woman for your vicious negative scrutiny. You should be sold on the super market racks right next to the Star and the Enquirer.

Are we going to see full disclosure on Michelle Obama who just recently decided she was proud of her country when it suited her and her husband's agenda??????

The NYT didn't print anything new. It's ridiculus to think that McCain can harp and distrort the facts about obama and his associations and not expect people to know about who he is laying with. obama has never ever talked about mccain's family or palin's family or their pastors or even the abuse of power. who cares about obama's drug dealer> At least he paid for his!!!

I do believe that everyone knows she had drug issues....and that is very unfortunate. However I also belive that if John Mccain wasn't so negative in his campaiging the public would have some remorse for him and his wife. Bottom line he had to know that when he decided to play dirty....dirt would eventually end up on his door step.

Amazing that McCain and Palin can say whatever they want and get away with it but get all sanctimonious about anybody asking about their side! Cindy McCain put herself squarely in the middle of everything especially with her "Obama should be in my shoes" about the military in Iraq. She is no innocent - screwed around with a married man (she knew it!), did drugs using her charity as the reason (her lawyer has shaded the truth to put it mildly), and is not such a nice person. She stands behind McCain when he speechifies and bobs her head up and down just like a bobble-head doll on a car dashboard. Give me a break! If there was ANY dirt on Michelle, you can be sure the right wingnuts would have dug it up because they have been trying to do so. You think that Fox hasn't had their reporters digging around? If you do, you are so naive!

I think both canidates should be ashamed. For the first time in 35 years I do not want to vote because I do not think either one of them deserve to be in office. They are both POLITICIANS and do not have an understanding of what the middle class does for this country.

Actually, I'm surprised that McCain hasn't lost it a long time ago; given most of the media is favoring Obama by withholding pertinent information for a presidential candidate. The prejudice against McCain with the Big media is astounding.

I wish the NY Times would be fair to the American People and report as journalist should on all matters.

Obama has an obvious suspicious background; with many radical associations, affiliates and acquaintence; that I am shocked that all the media would support such a person to hold the keys to our White House.

Republicans care about the calibre of the person they elect, Democrats aren't concerned with such trifling details. Republican voters believe that if they elect someone of good character and a true love of country, then they will make decisions from this standpoint and in the best interests of the country. Democrats have a barrow to push, for whatever reason, be it hatred of Republicans, or some other current popular issue. Republicans get things done without getting bogged down talking about all the things that need fixing and how good their ideas are. And the reason I can see this, as an Australian, is that with the internet the world has become much closer. I can see that the Australian political divide mirrors yours. Your Republicans are our Liberals and your Democrats are our Labor party. Australia has recently voted out the Liberal Government and put in a Labor one, aided and abetted by the media, and throw in some loudmouthed actors for good measure. The Australian media is almost now exclusively left wing and a supporter of the Labor Party and they are savage with any conservatives in their midst. And if you look at where the journalists are coming from, they are coming up through an education system where the teachers were either politicised through the 70's or trained by those who were. The Universities, especially the Arts faculties are predominantly Left wing, and what is becoming an issue here is how political correctness can result in greater success in exams. The American media is telling you that America is unpopular in the world because of some US policies, and that if you vote for Obama, everyone will love you and that will make you feel good about yourselves. America is well respected as a the greatest Democracy in the world and the negative press you receive is , well, from a negative press. Here in Australia, after ten good and profitable years under John Howard, who was a man of dignity and true love of country, we now have as a Prime Minister a power hungry man who, now he has attained that power, is beginning to abuse it. Your press possibly hasn't noted that America hasn't had a terrorist attack on its soil since 9/11 because they would'nt want to mention anything good about the Bush administration and its achievements. Are people being reminded that it was under the Clinton administration that legislation was passed to allow mortgage loans to those who could not afford to repay, precipating the Fanny Mae crisis? But here in Australia, as it all begins to unravel, as it usually does with Labor governments, there is one happy onlooker - the media, which now has lots to write about.

I am politically innocent and am continually shocked at the vitriol being hurled. I'm almost 75 and have experienced much, but accusing people who question things of being anti-American is a little off, don't you think? We are all going to have to live here after the election, regardless of whether we like the new president or not. If we ramp up the hate, it will not help our houses of congress to reach agreement on anything for four years, so here we go again. I am not happy at any of the media, but one medium in particular--TV--is capable of rousing a lynch mob, and it's happening. Television should be IMPARTIAL. None of it is.

I remember not long ago I heard Obama make a
statement saying, " if any one say's anything
about my wife, there will be trouble". If Obama
is a fair and good man, he would tell the world
how low down the NYT is. Obama should speak up
for Mrs. McCane and say, hands off the wife and
the family.

I'm puzzled by the vitriolic response to The Times' story on Mrs. McCain. My personal reaction to the piece was one of empathy and compassion for all that she has been through as the loyal spouse of a politician. Disclosure: I'm a registered Independent who is voting Obama.

So she once had substance abuse problems that may have led to a lapse in judgment? Geez, I guess that makes her human. It certainly doesn't cancel out all the positive things she has done in her life (which the Times article mentions but doesn't catalogue). I thought the article went a long way toward humanizing her, particularly since her public presentation is often reserved and inaccessible. I agree, however, that it's a bit shady to reach out to minors via social networking sites for comments for the story. Yuck.

Members of the MSM have been writing these profile pieces. Two in particular were circulated by the Washington Post, one in regards to the divorce of John McCain and his first wife Carol and another regarding Cindy McCain's addiction to prescription pain medication. This is not a human interest piece it is an attack piece on a family member of a candidate. You are reaching back into the past on a family member that supports a spouse in the piece about Cindy McCain as a means to hurt the candidate. I agree with one letter. Stick to the candidate and their background on issues and voting record. Stick to the actual issues. We do not want or expect tabloid type trash in mainstream papers especially when it is a thinly disguised hatchet job. Obama also did state there would be trouble if there were attacks on his family. McCain should be respected in the same manner as Michelle Obama. This is a press run amok which should show some discipline. Where is the editor and why does he think this is revelant only in regards to one candidate and not the other?


You are missing the big picture. Politicians will always spin, no matter what party.

However, the next time you read a news story that contains the words "a reliable source said..." just remember it may be from a 16 year old. On any given day in this country, a teenager may, for whatever reason, trash their "best friend", hate parental authority, or send inappropriate pictures to their boy/girl friend. By definition, a teenager is not a reliable source.

Jodi Kantor has opened the eyes of lots of readers who actually believed the news was real. Sad day to be a journalist.


The enormity of the negativity in this campaign is disgusting, and the fact that all of you "conservatives" are seeing this only on one side is absurd. Despite how bad this NYT reporter was for what she was trying to do, it's no worse than the character assasinations that Fox "News" and the McCain campaign have thrown at Obama. To think that it is one-sided is naive, because both sides do it all the time and it's embarassing to watch. And the amount coming from the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, to name a few, is clear indication that the right side of the political spectrum is just as bad as the left, and probably worse.

And some of the people writing here stating their opinions are so ignorant it is painful to read. To think that in about two weeks there are people who are going to vote who think the Republican candidate is 'McCane' and the Democratic candidate is 'Oboma' is further evidence of how unintelligent and misinformed the vast populace of this country is. And where were all of you eight years ago when the character assasinations of McCain were happening during a primary when Bush supporters were spreading rumors about his daughter Bridget being an illegitimate daughter of an interracial extramarital affair. People in McCain's camp are doing the same hatchet job on Senator Obama that they apparently learned from Karl Rove and his minions in 2000. The disappointing truth is that they know that the vast number of conservative voters in this country believe any bit of information their campaign puts out. So they keep mentioning Senator Obama's middle name 'Hussein' and mentioning how he "pals around with terrorists" and then when one of their crackpot ignoramus constituents stands up and says "He's an Arab" in front of a national TV audience they act like they don't know where the idea came from. You planted it there, and it's exactly what you wanted her to think but never say out loud in public when there was a TV camera present.

I haven't even touched the issue of Sarah Palin, whose statements about "palling around with terrorists" means that Senator Obama has a very different view of America. While that was based on a man who was a radical in the 1960's and was in more recent times a University Professor and in 1998 was named a Chicago Man of the Year. In the meantime as recently as 2002 Governor Palin's husband Todd was a registered member of the Alaska Independence Party, who advocate the secession of Alaska from the united States. I guess Mr. Palin has a very different view of America than me and you.

Nice rant Jon. It still doesn't answer the question of who Obama bought his drugs from. Also why doesn't Obamas use of tobacco ever come up in the media's scouring up the scum on McCain and Palin.
Anyone who doesn't believe the media is in bed with the Obama camp is living in la la land. I am inclined to agree with Biden though in agreeing that Obama is not ready to lead this nation.

After reading the article I did not see it as an attack on Mrs McCain, but did not see any reason to do it in the first place.

I would like to point out that McCain does not seem to be very close to her. Does anyone notice that he usually seems to be walking at least five feet in front of her. Not the way to treat a wife.

I'm a registered Democrat and I have to admit, this is very much out of bounds! Any attacks should be limited to the candidates themselves!

I think Jodi Kantor should be fired for trying to get information from a minor.
Also, I heartily agree with Emma from Australia. I am very aware, from personal experience, about the liberals in our universities and how they can f... with your future.

I really don't see the reason for all the overdramatic outrage here. The one thing I have to say I found to be wrong was Kantor's solicitation of a teenager for information. Aside from that, I thought the article itself was a decent profile. So what if her drug use and involvement in the S & L scandal were brought up (the latter being of some importance, IMO)? Was it supposed to be a secret? The article also talked about her in a good way, about how hard it was on her at first in Washington, and how much she's done in her charitable works. If it would have covered JUST those things it would not have been much of a profile.

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