Democracy Arsenal

« Mind Meld | Main | See If You Can Spot the Arrogance »

February 22, 2008

The War Against the Times
Posted by Michael Cohen

Now I understand that many conservatives hate the New York Times, but this quote from John McCain, when asked about a conversation that his former top aide John Weaver had with McCain's alleged paramour Vicki Iseman, was shall we say, a bit stunning:

“I don’t know anything about it,” Mr. McCain said. “Since it was in The New York Times, I don’t take it at face value.”

Let's be clear, John McCain is not simply disputing the story, he's basically saying the Times made it up out of whole cloth. (And to be clear, the Times has Weaver on the record saying that this meeting occurred). The New York Times is not exactly some fly by night operation. Not only does it happen to be the foremost newspaper in America, but it's probably the single most influential paper in the country. And yet here you have the GOP nominee for President basically saying that you can't accept what's written there at face value.

Now conservatives have attacked the Times before, particularly after revelations in the paper about the President's warrantless wiretapping program. Now I could be wrong here, but those on the right didn't say that the Times had their facts wrong; they said they shouldn't be published. But McCain's attack takes the right's obsession with the Times to a new whole level by basically arguing that yesterday's story about his links to a female lobbyist is a fabulist creation. That's pretty astounding.

But it appears that McCain's negative view of the Times is a bit selective. Back in September, the paper ran a piece titled "Dispatches from the 'No Surrender' Bus" and the McCain press people were nice enough to issue a helpful press release about the story, "in case you missed it."

I guess the Times was telling the truth back then.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The War Against the Times:


What's amazing is that despite McCain attacking the press, and proving by taking on the Times that he'll take on anyone who covers him unfavorably, that the press seems willing to sit back and take it. They still love their maverick. Go look at Swampland over at Time. All of the bloggers there dismissed the Times story. All of them.

If you think the New York Times is attacking John McCain, that’s nothing compared to what Iran is doing to attack his character. Check out this great blog post about the Iranian government claiming McCain is involved in a Jewish conspiracy!

The difference between the two stories is the the latter had a bus and the former had a train.

See Michael Kinsley's column in today's (2/25) Wash. Post.

If you want to buy gw gold.This site is the best.
Thet supply cheapestGuildWars Gold. I like to buy
Guild Wars Gold from them.
GuildWars moneyThey give you the best customer service.

When you have Tibia Gold, you will become strong. With Tibia coins, you can upgrade and admire by others. You can use Tibia money to start the journey of the world. So, do not hesitate, let us move to buy tibia gp

I hope i can get wakfu kamas in low price,
Yesterday i bought wakfu gold for my friend.

Do want to know the magic of online games, and here you can get more mabinogi gold. Do you want to have a try? Come on and cheap mabinogi can make you happy.

Thank you for your sharing! I like i very much!

Post a comment

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In.

Guest Contributors
Sign-up to receive a weekly digest of the latest posts from Democracy Arsenal.
Powered by TypePad


The opinions voiced on Democracy Arsenal are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of any other organization or institution with which any author may be affiliated.
Read Terms of Use