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The New York Times article on John McCain

Just went to CNN where people are posting ridiculous comments about how the story on John McCain that appeared in this morning's New York Times is a hatchet job.   I'd like to make the radical suggestion that people withhold their judgement on this until they've actually read the article.  It's easy enough to do.  Just go to www.NYTimes.com and you'll find the piece there, front and center.

In no way is this article a smear job.  It's a powerful and persuasive piece of investigative journalism.  The point of it isn't to say that McCain had an affair.  Rather, it points out that he was so closely allied with this lobbyist that his aides feared the appearance of an inappropriate relationship.  Further, the article shows that throughout his career McCain has struggled to reconcile his rhetorical opposition to lobbyists and inappropriate campaign contributions with the reality of campaigning and the need to raise funds.  He talks like a crusader, but at several points in his career he has behaved like a typical politician.

Let's think about this for a moment, people.  Regardless of what you think the paper's political bias might be, the New York Times is one of the three most respected newspapers in the nation. They endorsed McCain in the GOP race less than a month ago.  They would not risk their own reputation with this story unless they were reasonably certain of its accuracy.

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