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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.

MORE

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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That's all there is at this moment. Anyone have any idea what this is about?
1 posted on 12/20/2007 7:47:57 AM PST by sitetest
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To: sitetest

I checked, didn’t see this posted. If it’s a duplicate, apologies.


2 posted on 12/20/2007 7:49:03 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

I wonder what this is all about......


3 posted on 12/20/2007 7:49:41 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: sitetest

McPain love child?


4 posted on 12/20/2007 7:49:55 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: sitetest
From Drudge....

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

5 posted on 12/20/2007 7:50:43 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: sitetest

Drudge loves to tease with headlines. It’ll be up in a half hour.


6 posted on 12/20/2007 7:50:50 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: sitetest

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!


7 posted on 12/20/2007 7:51:47 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Dear Sgt_Schultze,

Aha! Thanks! I shoulda waited another minute to post. LOL.

From Drudge:

“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!”


sitetest

8 posted on 12/20/2007 7:52:36 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

Thanks! I posted a minute too soon!


9 posted on 12/20/2007 7:53:08 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
McPain love child?

Well sort of. My sources say McCain really did offer to be Kerry's running mate in 2004! (Just kidding. I'm like an elephant. I don't forget!)

10 posted on 12/20/2007 7:53:26 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: sitetest; jellybean; Politicalmom; 2ndDivisionVet

ping

Is there a McCain ping list?


11 posted on 12/20/2007 7:53:27 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

Charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist?.......What? did he turn him away?.............


12 posted on 12/20/2007 7:53:30 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Well McCain is one of the Keating five.


13 posted on 12/20/2007 7:53:48 AM PST by JLS
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To: sitetest

No, but you can start one...........it won’t take long.......


14 posted on 12/20/2007 7:54:04 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: sitetest
I think it has something to do with a midget and a pony.
15 posted on 12/20/2007 7:55:02 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: sitetest

Does anyone actually care?

McCain’s not going to win the nomination no matter what is said, or not said.


16 posted on 12/20/2007 7:55:07 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Admin Moderator
Dear Admin Moderator,

Would it be possible to edit the thread to add to the article portion what Drudge now has up?

“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!”

Thanks,


sitetest

17 posted on 12/20/2007 7:55:47 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Badeye

Actually, he’s been coming on strong of late in the early states.


18 posted on 12/20/2007 7:56:08 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: sitetest

Woman lobbyist who allegedly wrote legislation before McCain’s committee.


19 posted on 12/20/2007 7:56:28 AM PST by Poundstone
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To: JLS
If he were the nominee, the MSM would beat him to a pulp with that. McLame has been paying for that deed by restricting givers because he is too week to restrain himself from his avarice.

He should have man'd-up and resigned then. That he held on was rather ... clintonian.

20 posted on 12/20/2007 7:56:43 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: sitetest

Yea but all in the race would love to have the 10-12% of the vote he garners.


21 posted on 12/20/2007 7:56:54 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: sitetest
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.
22 posted on 12/20/2007 7:57:41 AM PST by cpdiii
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To: TornadoAlley3

No, that supposed to be Edwards, according to a Hil-pal’s Nat’l Enquirer. Most would expect McC’s to be a “hate child”. And one more thing- it’s a purported Edwards love child conceived while wife was recovering from cancer treatments, if I’m doing the math right. Can’t believe Edwards is still going through the motions of campaigning, be it true.


23 posted on 12/20/2007 7:58:21 AM PST by flowerplough (Ron Paul on War: "War is bad, mmm-kay. If you do war, you're bad. Mmm-kay?")
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To: sitetest

McLame was also involved with the Keating 5, he has a long history of shady political deals, just like Rudy - both are toast.


24 posted on 12/20/2007 7:58:22 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: cpdiii

You got that right.


25 posted on 12/20/2007 8:01:31 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("You ask, 'What is our aim?' I can answer in one word: VICTORY - victory - at all costs...")
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To: traderrob6
Dear traderrob6,

“Yea but all in the race would love to have the 10-12% of the vote he garners.”

And they would prefer to have a chunk of that vote BEFORE Iowa and New Hampshire, not after.


sitetest

26 posted on 12/20/2007 8:02:34 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Lurking in Kansas
...and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!

OK ... so we have to ask what positions McCain has staked out, would coincide with special treatment to lobbyists. I can think of only one, off the top of my head -- McCain has been virulently and publicly opposed to Boeing on a number of fronts. It's often seemed to be "beyond reasonable."

I can almost see LockMart or NorthrupGrumman prodding him to act that way....

27 posted on 12/20/2007 8:02:58 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Red Badger
Charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist?.......What? did he turn him away?.............

Exactly.

Yeah, he was one of the Keating 5. Ya sure don't here about that anymore, do you?

28 posted on 12/20/2007 8:03:04 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: traderrob6
Woman lobbyist who allegedly wrote legislation before McCain’s committee.

Mo women, mo troubles.

I bet she's hot.

29 posted on 12/20/2007 8:03:39 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I see it as a blip, nothing more. The MSM wants a good dog fight, and they have a history of propping McCain up, as we saw in 2000.


30 posted on 12/20/2007 8:03:54 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: sitetest; Norman Bates; meandog
Is there a McCain ping list?

Norman Bates keeps it.

31 posted on 12/20/2007 8:04:29 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: r9etb

More from Drudge:

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.

MORE

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 eithics 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...


32 posted on 12/20/2007 8:05:07 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
[McCain] has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett

Bill Clinton's attorney in the Monicagate caper. You don't hire Bennett unless it's a major MAJOR problem.

33 posted on 12/20/2007 8:05:15 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: sitetest

This report has at least a couple of angles.

There’s the GIVING PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT to some evil corporate entity.

Then there’s INVOLVES A WOMAN LOBBYIST who has RETAINED COUNSEL.


34 posted on 12/20/2007 8:06:51 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Oh, and then there’s this angle:

TRIED TO GET MAJOR NEWSPAPER OF RECORD TO SIT ON STORY.


35 posted on 12/20/2007 8:08:18 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: NeoCaveman

Thanks.


36 posted on 12/20/2007 8:09:17 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: r9etb
I can think of only one, off the top of my head -- McCain has been virulently and publicly opposed to Boeing on a number of fronts.

If you're familiar with the Darlene Druyan debacle, you'll know that McCain's concerns with Boeing are--or were--well placed and justified.

McCain had a near-death (politically) experience in the Keating affair in the 1980s. Since then he's displayed an almost religious fervor against influence peddling or anything approacing it.

That's why this Drudge report is so odd.

37 posted on 12/20/2007 8:11:43 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: sitetest
Then there’s INVOLVES A WOMAN LOBBYIST who has RETAINED COUNSEL.

Can a pre-emptive "signed affadavit" be far behind? Very Clintonian, that strategy.

38 posted on 12/20/2007 8:12:45 AM PST by vollmond (Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!)
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To: sitetest

Is this another media “gotcha” in a campaign season of gotcha’s?


39 posted on 12/20/2007 8:12:47 AM PST by The Louiswu (Never Forget!)
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To: sitetest

this is nothing....besides (most all of our reps) do it....is called under-the-table. but I am guessing, on this one.


40 posted on 12/20/2007 8:14:02 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: sitetest

Rudy/Romney needs McCain’s supporters.


41 posted on 12/20/2007 8:15:15 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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To: vollmond

“Can a pre-emptive ‘signed affadavit’ be far behind? Very Clintonian, that strategy.”

LOL! “I never had sex with that... Senator.”


42 posted on 12/20/2007 8:15:46 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Huh. My guess is that this was a story the NY Times was keeping in its back pocket in order to smear McCain if he ended up in the general election. McCain figured out a way to force their hand. It’s a tried and true political ploy - - air your dirty laundry NOW so that it’s “old news” later.


43 posted on 12/20/2007 8:16:43 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: sitetest

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.

MORE

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 eithics 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...


44 posted on 12/20/2007 8:16:57 AM PST by jdm
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Hmmmm, McCain and the liberals favorite lawyer do have a long extenuating history.
45 posted on 12/20/2007 8:17:05 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: xzins
Dear xzins,

“Rudy/Romney needs McCain’s supporters.”

In terms of the issues, Sen. McCain is closer to Sen. Thompson, don’t you think? I think that the greatest number who went to other candidates would go to Sen. Thompson.


sitetest

46 posted on 12/20/2007 8:17:13 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest
LOL! “I never had sex with that... Senator.”

"not a single time"

(/wags finger)

47 posted on 12/20/2007 8:17:38 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("The most expensive thing we pay for is ignorance" - El Rushbo)
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To: sitetest

Oops. Didn’t see your post. Sorry about that. :O)


48 posted on 12/20/2007 8:17:38 AM PST by jdm
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To: sitetest

That is the explosive story? I thought they all gave special treatment to lobbyists.


49 posted on 12/20/2007 8:18:10 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: All

Didn’t McRino just vote to grant ILLEGALS social security benifits?

Um.
He can go pound sand.
IDC what the “story” is.


50 posted on 12/20/2007 8:18:33 AM PST by CygnusXI (Where's that dang Meteor already?)
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