Carol Platt Liebau: Nice Irony

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Nice Irony

In the pre-Clinton days, a story that could be summarized like this would never have been published:

Mr McCain and Ms Iseman both denied to the newspaper - which has been sitting on the story for several weeks - that they had ever had a romantic relationship.

So the story is what, exactly? That John McCain wrote letters on behalf of the interests of this woman's clients? Is there any evidence that he did so for any improper reason? And if not, is there anyone out there who's unaware that that's what senators do routinely?

How ironic it would be if the Times' clear partisan game-playing and overreaching actually turned out to be a bonding moment between conservatives and McCain.

3 Comments:

Blogger JohnnyT. said...

Funny how the second McCain is the clear frontrunner the hit pieces come out. I guess the equal and opposite will be true of their reporting on Obama. I can't wait to see the Mainstream Media turn themselves into a pretzel to bring Obama to the masses.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol asks, How ironic it would be if the Times' clear partisan game-playing and overreaching actually turned out to be a bonding moment between conservatives and McCain.

Very ironic. Especially given that--according to John Berman of ABC news--Mitt Romney's campaign was peddling the NYT story around for months. I'm not sure why Mitt Romney would want to push a story that would help John McCain with conservative voters. [Cite]

10:11 AM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol asks, And if not, is there anyone out there who's unaware that that's what senators do routinely?

Apparently the head of the FCC, to whom John McCain directed his letter, was unaware that that's what senators do routinely. Quoting from Paul Kiel's post, As The Boston Globe reported way back in 2000, William Kennard, the FCC chair at the time, had immediately objected to McCain's December 10, 1999 letter, replying four days later that it was "highly unusual" and that he was "concerned" at what effect McCain's letter might have on the decision process.

"Highly unusual" and something that "concerned" the recipient don't sound like standard operating procedure to me. Nice try at attempting to paper over the issue, however.

12:37 PM  

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