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MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY
The Drudge Report ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Matt Drudge

Posted on 12/20/2007 7:47:55 AM PST by sitetest

Edited on 12/20/2007 9:24:12 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY

Thu Dec 20 2007 10:56:57 ET

Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!

McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

The paper's Jim Rutenberg has been leading the investigation and is described as beyond frustrated with McCain's aggressive and angry efforts to stop any and all publication.

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The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.

Rutenberg, along with reporter David Kirkpatrick, has been developing the story for the last 6 weeks.

Rutenberg had hoped to break the story before the Christmas holiday, sources reveal, but editor Keller expressed serious reservations about jounalism ethics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.

McCain campaign officials Rick Davis, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are also said to have met with the NEW YORK TIMES in an effort to halt publication.

Developing...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; corruption; dirty; drudge; election; elections; fredthompson; hillary; huma; mccain; nyt; romney; spiked; whoisleft2008
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To: ladyjane

Ms Coor’s heiress?

I think McCain is a personally despicable individual with a despicable track record in COngress.

He’s in the wrong party.

Maybe he and Libermann should go out and start a new party - the Social Leftists for the War on Terror Party.


121 posted on 12/20/2007 9:27:37 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks for updating.


122 posted on 12/20/2007 9:29:34 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: meandog

yeah, what he said.

Its funny that some reporters were trying to slam this story out their before primaries to effect the results, and the editor pulls it back because of concerns.

Reporters can be narcissistic, attention-seeking, un-controlled vermin. Maybe the editor had a flashback of that one freak they had making up stories. Or as Dan Rather said, he believes in the essence of the story, regardless of the facts, or something like that.


123 posted on 12/20/2007 9:30:22 AM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: gridlock
Dear gridlock,

“We need more information to determine the innocence or guilt of this woman...”

More information... like a photo? ;-)


sitetest

124 posted on 12/20/2007 9:32:24 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

But all the senators allow lobbyists to come in an pitch their ideas, Boeing, the agriculture groups, defense industry,. and if it resonates with the senators home state, whats the big deal if it helps that state? It happens all the time. The issue is if that senator personally unduly enriches himself, like Duke Cunningham. Are we saying that McCain’s issues with lobbyists have resulted in him gaining some bucks from it?


125 posted on 12/20/2007 9:32:47 AM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

duh...


126 posted on 12/20/2007 9:34:35 AM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: monkapotamus

Dude, post #70. ROFL


127 posted on 12/20/2007 9:44:11 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Congratulations Brett Favre! All-time NFL leader in career passing yards)
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To: bugs_dallas; ZULU

Well, I’m LOL at Drudge because I don’t believe for one minute that any Republican could get the N.Y. Slimes to spike a story, especially not one who helped write the Telecom bill (which incidentally was pulled by Reid and the RATS they were so scared that it would pass). If you’ll remember the Telecom bill was going to give us cable and direct T.V. consumers a choice about which stations we got piped down to us (but thanks to Reid and Dodd we still have to pay for the crap we don’t want. So I hope you two enjoy Bill Moyers Reports, Bill Mahr, oh, and all those ballets on PBS that McCain tried to give you a choice about paying for...


128 posted on 12/20/2007 9:47:53 AM PST by meandog (I'm one of the FEW and the BRAVE FReepers still supporting John McCain)
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To: sitetest

And then there is McCain’s hatred for the 1st AMENDMENT. Anyone surprised?


129 posted on 12/20/2007 9:51:51 AM PST by ridge
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
Are we saying that McCain’s issues with lobbyists have resulted in him gaining some bucks from it?

Yes.

Search Keating 5 for more information.

130 posted on 12/20/2007 9:54:34 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Sounds familiar. It’s about a ‘sitting senator’ and leading presidential candidate sex scandal.

I'm on the same page as you. IIRC, the original story about the supposed sex scandal also claimed that journalists were sitting on the story out of ethical concerns about publishing it during an election. Same as this story. I've been wondering when/if we'd ever find out what that original story was about. Maybe we're about to.

131 posted on 12/20/2007 9:55:44 AM PST by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: sitetest
Well, if this story is yet another expose about McCain as a known enemy of the First Amendment, we're all going to have to pretend to be really really really surprised.
132 posted on 12/20/2007 10:02:11 AM PST by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: sitetest

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8TLARL00&show_article=1

“I have not had been in talks with The New York Times. They’ve been communicating with our staff and with us,” McCain said. “I’ve never done any favors for anybody—lobbyist or special interest group—that’s a clear, 24-year record.”

He should have let the story run. It looks even worse now.


133 posted on 12/20/2007 10:06:03 AM PST by ridge
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To: monkapotamus

What the story right now ROFL

It going be good


134 posted on 12/20/2007 10:06:47 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: George W. Bush
Dear George W. Bush,

“Well, if this story is yet another expose about McCain as a known enemy of the First Amendment,...”

I think that given his record with campaign finance reform, that is an angle that might be played. I’m not sure that it’s entirely fair, but he brought it upon himself.

I think that the biggest bang in this potential scandal may lurk in this sentence:

“The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.”

If it turns out that this is the sex scandal to which the Los Angeles Times has previously alluded, I think it will be lights-out for Sen. McCain’s presidential campaign.


sitetest

135 posted on 12/20/2007 10:07:05 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: ridge
Dear ridge,

Thanks.

If you or someone hasn’t already done so, you should post that as a separate thread.


sitetest

136 posted on 12/20/2007 10:08:38 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: gridlock
We need more information to determine the innocence or guilt of this woman...

I have a feeling she looks "not guilty" but i want to see if myself....

137 posted on 12/20/2007 10:11:53 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: sitetest
Sooo... ... Ron Paul is behind this?? LOL!

Well, it is in Breaking News so it has to involve Ron Paul, shrimps, blimps and Nazis.
138 posted on 12/20/2007 10:12:43 AM PST by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: xsmommy

Since it’s the liberal’s favorite Republican?


139 posted on 12/20/2007 10:12:47 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Don't trust anyone who canít take a joke. [Congressman BillyBob])
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To: ZULU

Yes, the heiress.

McCain dumped his wife - who stayed loyal while he was a POW - after she became disabled. He ran off with the heiress who had a nasty drug habit. She was charged with stealing drugs from Red Cross packages but her family’s $$$$ got her off with a reduced sentence.

I’d love to hear stories from his first wife.


140 posted on 12/20/2007 10:13:51 AM PST by ladyjane
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