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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: jdm
Keller expressed serious reservations about jounalism eithics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.

since when?

51 posted on 12/20/2007 8:18:58 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: TornadoAlley3

Maybe he and Hillary had more than a ‘drink’ together.


52 posted on 12/20/2007 8:19:05 AM PST by IrishMike (Liberalism is Jihad from within)
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To: jdm

I can’t vote for McInsane anyway. All I want him to do is GO AWAY...


53 posted on 12/20/2007 8:20:11 AM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: gondramB
Dear gondramB,

The story will be in the details.

If it were a run-of-the-mill lobbying story, one wonders how hard Mr. McCain would be trying to get the New York Times to back off.


sitetest

54 posted on 12/20/2007 8:20:16 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: IrishMike

ouuhhh...you gonna make Hillary’s girlfriend mad.


55 posted on 12/20/2007 8:20:32 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk. I Will Be Voting for Mr. Duncan Hunter, fellow FReepers.)
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To: cpdiii
As McCain would be a powerfull candidate against Hillary Clinton, he will now learn that the Media has used him like a 20 dollar hooker, for the last 8 years. If there is something really bad out there about him, the Media will destroy him. At the same time they will spike anything bad about Hillary.

First off McCain and Hillry are the best of best friends, well maybe after JFKerry. Second the liberal media, including S$ORO$ owes John McCain the most of all politicians running including Hillry. We are more likely to see McCain running with Hillry than against her when all this media making and breaking the rest of these presidential candidates ends.

56 posted on 12/20/2007 8:20:54 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: sitetest

Most people I know view McCain as their second or third choice.

Where his votes, among people ranking him #1 will go, I have no idea.


57 posted on 12/20/2007 8:21:02 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: sitetest

By the way: having a lobbyist write legislation is nothing new — it’s standard procedure on the Hill. And there’s not anything necessarily wrong with it. Lobbyists usually have superior information on their subject. Of course, it’s Members who introduce legislation, so the responsibility is theirs.


58 posted on 12/20/2007 8:21:21 AM PST by Poundstone
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To: xzins
McCain supporters are more likely to go to Rudy/Huckabee. The trio holds similar views regarding perks to illegal aliens and leaving our borders unprotected.
59 posted on 12/20/2007 8:22:23 AM PST by Jane Austen
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To: sitetest

Every time I see one of these I’m afraid it’s gonna be someone I know!


60 posted on 12/20/2007 8:22:42 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: xsmommy
Keller expressed serious reservations about jounalism eithics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.

since when?

Ususally they like to destroy Republicans AFTER they get the nomination...

61 posted on 12/20/2007 8:22:52 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

“...has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!”

The tongue bath McCain provided was no different than the special favors McCain gives to every lobbyist. :)

Are the long knives coming out this week or what?

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62 posted on 12/20/2007 8:23:09 AM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: JCEccles

“You don’t hire Bennett unless it’s a major MAJOR problem.”

Yup. If there is NOTHING there, why hire a high powered attorney? Having been the champion of CFR, it would be ironic if this part of the political obituary on McCain - hoisted on his own petard.


63 posted on 12/20/2007 8:24:24 AM PST by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: sitetest

Which GOP presidential candidate would bear the greatest advantage of having McCain gone?


64 posted on 12/20/2007 8:25:07 AM PST by Preachin' (Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God: Why are we still here?)
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To: sitetest
Lobbyists writing legislation? Water being wet? Bears defecating in the woods?

Photobucket

65 posted on 12/20/2007 8:25:55 AM PST by rfp1234 (Mundus vult decipi: the world wants to be deceived. ---James Branch Cabell)
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To: NeoCaveman
Dear NeoCaveman,

“Most people I know view McCain as their second or third choice.”

Yeah. He’s my second or third choice, depending on how you count.

But about 10% of folks have him as their first choice.

A significant shift of those folks primarily to one candidate would change the race.


sitetest

66 posted on 12/20/2007 8:26:30 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

All right I’ll play along. Though it will probably be something like he and Edwards had a lovefest at Hilton Head or something. Or maybe the NYTimes gave him the MoveOn.organ rate for an ad. Now THAT would be newsworthy!


67 posted on 12/20/2007 8:26:59 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: sitetest

The two positives about Senator McCain is that he is pro-life and pro-defense.

Assuming that both of those are important to his supporters, then they could not go to Giuliani who is a declared anti-lifer. All Republicans (except Paul) claim to be pro-Defense.

Romney’s support of the life issue is political opportunism, and most know that.

Thompson needs to make a statement, though. He needs things to break his way and to get a big positive in the news this week. If he does, then I think McCain’s supporters go his way. Otherwise, they go to the entire group except Giuliani and Paul. (And Tancredo who announces his quitting the campaign today, I think.)


68 posted on 12/20/2007 8:27:08 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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To: Just mythoughts

"First off McCain and Hillry are the best of best friends..."


69 posted on 12/20/2007 8:27:10 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: SevenofNine

70 posted on 12/20/2007 8:27:11 AM PST by monkapotamus
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To: Jane Austen

see #68


71 posted on 12/20/2007 8:28:17 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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To: holdonnow; Clint N. Suhks

PING


72 posted on 12/20/2007 8:29:06 AM PST by sono (Washington, DC. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
"...has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett"

Clinton's lawyer. It figures!

73 posted on 12/20/2007 8:31:32 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: sitetest
Is it about this?

www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com

Also, Akbar's mugshots from his recent arrest up on the Blog.

Also, some background on the story up at www.thirdpartywatch.com

74 posted on 12/20/2007 8:31:56 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate (Chuck the Huck - Resist the Rudy -- Unite 4 Mitt --- beat Hillary)
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To: 1Old Pro

McCane is a mormon?


75 posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:11 AM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: sitetest

I just thought of something:

McCain is Romney’s only real competition in New Hampshire. A huge Romney win there could cause real momentum. Momentum that can carry to Michigan, Nevada, and South Carolina.

Heck, if this hurts McCain then it looks like Ron Paul may very well come in second in NH.


76 posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:20 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: sitetest
“Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries,"

Couldn't that description be used for ANY candidate who isn't currently leading in the primary polling?

77 posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:21 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Lurking in Kansas

No way!

Mr. CFR involved in something like this!?!?

Where is the I am shocked guy?


78 posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:25 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: JCEccles

Possibly it’s just becasue when your loaded, you can hire the best.

“McCain reported his assets at $21 million to $32 million.”

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/05/17/candidates.wealth/index.html


79 posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:37 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: xzins
Dear xzins,

I think that Sen. Thompson has the inside track on this group.

Mr. Thompson has actually taken significant criticism for being viewed as too close in the past to Sen. McCain. I believe that Sen. Thompson endorsed Sen. McCain in 2000, and may have served some semi-official role in the campaign.

Up until their divergence on immigration, little separated the two. Both are moderate conservatives, pro-life, pro-defense, have persuasively positioned themselves as fiscal conservatives (although Sen. McCain used that rhetoric to originally oppose the Bush tax cuts).

I wouldn’t be surprised if many McCain supporters were aware that the two men have been close, and are friends, and will return their appreciation for Sen. Thompson’s past support with their support should it turn out that their candidate is circling the drain.


sitetest

80 posted on 12/20/2007 8:34:27 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

I don’t think so.


81 posted on 12/20/2007 8:35:49 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: PurpleMan

He’ll need every bleeding red cent to pay Bennett and company.


82 posted on 12/20/2007 8:35:52 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: NeoCaveman
Dear NeoCaveman,

“Heck, if this hurts McCain then it looks like Ron Paul may very well come in second in NH.”

Sooo...

... Ron Paul is behind this??

LOL!


sitetest

83 posted on 12/20/2007 8:37:20 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: day10

See post 65.


84 posted on 12/20/2007 8:37:45 AM PST by rfp1234 (Mundus vult decipi: the world wants to be deceived. ---James Branch Cabell)
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To: IrishMike
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85 posted on 12/20/2007 8:40:34 AM PST by michigander (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: xzins

I think it’s a little early to be throwing another one of our candidates under the bus, simply because of a partial story with few details that the New York Times is thinking about running a negative article about him right before the primaries when it sounds like both principles involved strongly deny the facts.

We didn’t used to be so quick to give the MSM credence. Remember 2004 and the “dissappearing weapons” story? Right before the election, New York Times, “such a serious story had to be told”, and then after the election, we’ve never heard another word about that “important” story.

Maybe McCain did something wrong, maybe he didn’t. I’m certain that if this was something about Thompson’s time in the Senate, we wouldn’t be writing his obituary before we had any of the evidence.


86 posted on 12/20/2007 8:41:11 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Poundstone
"...lobbyist who allegedly wrote legislation..."

Isn't this SOP in DC?

87 posted on 12/20/2007 8:41:55 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: DCPatriot
Yep, and I have never seen that photo. I get a sense of a scam set in motion .. say a deal with McCain and Hillry as winners of election 08.
88 posted on 12/20/2007 8:44:07 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Yep it was shocking how the Keating Five all pretty much skated. And you are correct the MSM has had that to keep him in line from that point on.


89 posted on 12/20/2007 8:44:25 AM PST by JLS
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To: Jane Austen

Smells like politics Arkansas style.


90 posted on 12/20/2007 8:44:44 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is America's George Galloway?)
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To: JLS
Yep it was shocking how the Keating Five all pretty much skated. And you are correct the MSM has had that to keep him in line from that point on.

Remember who the lawyer was that made his name offfff the Keating Five????

91 posted on 12/20/2007 8:45:52 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: sitetest

LOL ! As unbelievable as it truly is , yes there is actually a McPain ping list ...


92 posted on 12/20/2007 8:46:24 AM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Your friendly resident drive-by poster , it's for a great cause ! Stop the RINO's - VOTE FRED !)
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To: sitetest
The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

There had better be more to the story than this. A lobbyist's job is to try to influence the legislative process, and drafting proposed legislation is one of the ways they do this. BFD.

93 posted on 12/20/2007 8:46:59 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: sitetest

Watch it be a lobbyist for LULAC or Tyson.


94 posted on 12/20/2007 8:47:23 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Huckabee - Our Sanjaya!)
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To: sitetest
Sooo... ... Ron Paul is behind this?? LOL!

LOL.

If I was looking for a Republican to blame, I’d blame Mitt Romney. He benefits most.

Then again Dr. Paul might just be wilier than any of us ever imagined.Actually I'll just blame Clinton Inc. for this because they know McC could beat them.

95 posted on 12/20/2007 8:47:26 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: 1Old Pro
McLame was also involved with the Keating 5, he has a long history of shady political deals, just like Rudy - both are toast.

Soros and his Open Society Institute are also heavy contributors to McCain's "Reform" PAC.

Recall that Soros has always favored "campaign finance reform". And got what he wanted in McCain-Feingold -- which empowewred him to buy the Democrat party.

96 posted on 12/20/2007 8:47:49 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Labyrinthos
Dear Labyrinthos,

“There had better be more to the story than this. A lobbyist’s job is to try to influence the legislative process, and drafting proposed legislation is one of the ways they do this. BFD.”

Only time will tell.

The story seems to have gotten Sen. McCain’s knickers in a twist. He’s gone out and hired one of the most prominent, expensive, and well-reputed criminal defense attorneys in Washington, DC.

Perhaps he’s overreacting.

Or not.


sitetest

97 posted on 12/20/2007 8:50:50 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest; Norman Bates

What a bogus story...the Telecom bill was PULLED by Dirty Harry on Tuesday with help from Joe Biden! If you’ll remember it was going to give us cable users a CHOICE (i.e. dumping programs such as PBS and Bill Moyers) on what we could watch. Guess all you McCain haters get what you want now. Enjoy BET, MSNBC and CNN suckers!


98 posted on 12/20/2007 8:51:42 AM PST by meandog (I'm one of the FEW and the BRAVE FReepers still supporting John McCain)
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To: xzins
The two positives about Senator McCain is that he is pro-life and pro-defense.

Although, McCain supports federal funding for embryonic stem cell research - Romney and Thompson do not. And McCain fought the President on Patriot Act powers, Gitmo procedures and "torture" definitions - Romney and Thompson did not.

99 posted on 12/20/2007 8:52:30 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate (Chuck the Huck - Resist the Rudy -- Unite 4 Mitt --- beat Hillary)
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To: michigander

Good work with the tongue.


100 posted on 12/20/2007 8:54:37 AM PST by IrishMike (Liberalism is Jihad from within)
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