In a conference call with reporters, Steve Schmidt, Senator John McCain’s senior campaign adviser, was asked about an article in The Times on Monday reporting that Mr. McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, had been paid nearly $2 million by Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac to head a group devoted to defend the mortgage giants against the imposition of stricter regulations.As usual the Republicans reply to critical comments by attacking the messenger. Also, they seem to be perfecting the art of accusing everyone else of their own failings. Instead of acknowledging how far McCain has slid from his once believable level of honor, they attack the Times for being dishonorable. I guess it's all in a day's work for the sleaze buckets McCain has chosen as advisers.
Asked about the article, Mr. Davis, who was on the call, said the group’s sole function was to promote home ownership. But Mr. Schmidt criticized The Times for its coverage.
“Whatever the New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization,” Mr. Schmidt said.
Monday, September 22, 2008
McCain Camp Takes Issue With Times Coverage
The NYTimes.com reports on a McCain attack on the NY Times. (Would the McCain campaign put the Times article or a reference to it on its web page? That would be only fair.)