Yes, I was speaking of the Times ...in the previous post. This blogburst is about the New York Times, and the pickle its editors find themselves in right now.
In its efforts to play "gotcha" journalism, the reporter and editors at the Gray Lady published a story saying that Senator John McCain had a relationship (hinting sexually here) with a Washington lobbyist.
Miss Vicky Iseman took exception to the story. And now she's suing.
"..Vicki L. Iseman filed the defamation suit in U.S. District Court in Richmond. It also names as defendants the Times' executive editor, its Washington bureau chief and four reporters.
Iseman represented telecommunications companies before the Senate Commerce Committee, which McCain chaired. In February, as McCain was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, the Times reported that McCain aides once worried the relationship between Iseman and McCain had turned romantic.
The article said that both McCain and Iseman denied any romantic relationship, but the lawsuit says most readers would find that obligatory.
"That The New York Times would make such aggressive and sensational allegations and insinuations in the face of on-the-record denials by Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain only reinforced the message to readers that The New York Times in fact believed that Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain had indeed engaged in an `inappropriate relationship,' a relationship that was romantic, unethical, and a conflict of interest," the lawsuit says. "Otherwise, reasonable readers would conclude, The New York Times would never have printed the story at all."
The Times maintained its defense of the story in a statement Tuesday."
27 million reasons to thoroughly check your sources before you publish details about a sex scandal. Especially if it involves a Republican.
No one asked, but here's my advice: Hurry hurry, Miss Iseman! At the rate the NY Times is burning through the bucks, there may not be anything left to collect.