Friday, February 22, 2008

A point, inside a tempest, at the bottom of a teacup

Chez Progress has been a-buzz with the recent NY Times article about John McCain's "romantic relationship" with an FCC lobbyist. The better half is pretty incensed that the Times is dipping to a distasteful level of tabloid journalism with this latest article. Needless to say, I didn't read the article and tried to stay out of it.

Until today.

What I'm angry at the Times about (well, more disappointed) is that they've gone and sullied an otherwise valid investigative article with unsubstantiated campaign conjecture. If you read around the controversial statements, you see a politician who is blinded by his own self-sanctimony acting like the televangelist who sins - "It's ok, because in my mind I'm holy."

The challenge then is to read this article again, cross your eyes whenever you see the word "romantic" and see that McCain is as susceptible to Washington's "special personal relationships" as any politician. Whether he thinks the person on the other end of this relationship is attractive is irrelevant (now if he was sleeping with her and peddling favors, that would be a different story, but this seems to be, at most, an inappropriate friendship).

2 Comments:

Blogger Meg said...

Meaning, he tried to stay out of it (while still telling me all his possible opinions) for almost 12 hours. Most of which he was... asleep.
But that said, I more or less agree. I just think the Times stooping to the level of, say Perez Hilton, with the gossip stuff wasn't good for anyone. And oh look, now Rush is rushing (pun intended)to McCain's side. Great.

February 22, 2008 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

i'm with joe, who suspects that the times knows more than they let on in that initial, extremely silly piece. then again, if off-the-record stuff is necessary to give the story weight, of what possible use was the silly piece?

weirdly, since this thing broke, i've been getting near-daily e-mails from howard dean and the dnc, urging me to donate money to help him reveal more mccain shadiness. tone deaf much, howie?

February 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM  

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