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Old 02-21-2008, 12:47 PM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
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Default Re: More on Journalistic Responsibility


Strictly speaking, I'm pretty close to those who are criticizing the NYT for the McCain piece. On the other hand, there is considerable buzz that the NYT has had the story for a while, and that McCain came down really heavily on them some time ago, threatening lawsuits. It's possible to read the NYT piece as the sad output of letting too many of one's own nervous lawyers filter it.

It's also interesting to note McCain's initial non-denial denial. (I haven't looked at the ongoing coverage yet, or the latest McCain responses.)

In the crass world of political competition, though, I'm delighted. Even if this story has no or little merit, it's a good thing to fire an opening salvo against the saintliness of the McCain image. No matter how much one might think the gloves have been left on by the press regarding Obama, there's no comparison to the uncritical coverage of McCain over the past decade, especially by the so-called liberal media.
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