NYT Goes that Extra Mile for Dirt on Cindy McCain

What is going on? Why are Obama’s followers going to such lengths (or should I say depths) to attack a citizen who dared to ask Obama a question by digging through his personal records and finding embarrassing information on him (like the fact that the man claiming to be “Joe” is really “Samuel Joseph”)? Why are they trying to get ads taken off the air that they don’t like? Why are they outspending McCain several fold in most markets? Why is Obama purchasing 30 minute blocks of prime time television on major networks? Why are they registering thousands of people, both real and imaginary, who are not eligible (or in some cases even alive) to vote? Why is the media going all out to destroy anyone that might possibly stand in Obama’s way and to ignore any story that might show him in a bad light? Why are the media throwing away their last shreds of integrity, honesty and impartiality by going so far in the tank for Obama?

Don’t they know the financial crisis combined with Bush’s unpopularity created an atmosphere in which their victory is almost guaranteed? Don’t they know they are leading in all the battleground states now? Don’t they know the transition team is already meeting and the party is already planned? They are behaving like the only way they can win is through intimidation, lying, fraud, and throwing more money into the race than in the history of American politics and every time I think they have done all they can do, they go that extra mile.

“Today the New York Times launched yet another in a series of vicious attacks on Senator John McCain, this time targeting not the candidate, but his wife Cindy. Under the guise of a ‘profile’ piece, the New York Times fails to cover any new ground or provide any discernible value to the reader other than to portray Mrs. McCain in the worst possible light. Though Mrs. McCain’s battle with drug addiction and even her miscarriages are again reported, the paper entirely ignores a life devoted to family and charity work in the most impoverished and violent corners of the world — except when a detail can be quibbled with so as to imply some kind of deceit. This campaign made every effort to share personal accounts of Mrs. McCain’s good works with the paper, but apparently they were deemed unfit for publication in the New York Times. This is gutter journalism at its worst — an unprecedented attack on a presidential candidate’s spouse.

“In order to assemble this barrage of petty and personal attacks, the New York Times employed tactics that are obviously unprofessional and almost certainly unethical. This campaign has obtained a copy of an email sent by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor to a 16-year-old girl and friend of Bridget McCain, the youngest of the McCain children. Ms. Kantor sought to dupe the unsuspecting minor by soliciting ‘advice’ on how best to approach the story, as if a top-flight investigative reporter at the New York Times would need the assistance of an underage girl in writing a hit piece.

“The New York Times has stooped lower than this campaign ever imagined possible in an attempt to discredit a woman whose only apparent sin is being married to the man that would oppose that paper’s preferred candidate, Barack Obama, in his quest for the Presidency. It is a black mark on the record of a paper that was once widely respected, but is now little more than a propaganda organ for the Democratic party. The New York Times has accused John McCain of running a dishonorable campaign, but today it is plain to see where the real dishonor lies.”

–McCain-Palin spokesman Michael Goldfarb

Here is a copy of the Facebook message:

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I saw on facebook that you went to Xavier, and if you don’t mind, I’d love to ask you some advice about a story. I’m a reporter at the New York Times, writing a profile of Cindy McCain, and we are trying to get a sense of what she is like as a mother. So I’m reaching out to fellow parents at her kids’ schools. My understanding is that some of her older kids went to Brophy/Xavier, but I’m trying to figure out what school her 16 year old daughter Bridget attends– and a few people said it was PCDS. Do you know if that’s right? Again, we’re not really reporting on the kids, just seeking some fellow parents who can talk about what Mrs. McCain is like.

Also, if you know anyone else who I should talk to– basically anyone who has encountered Mrs. McCain and might be able to share impressions– that would be great.

Thanks so much for any help you can give me.

Jodi Kantor
Political correspondent
New York Times

I removed the reporter’s email address and phone number because this is not the Daily Kos.

Maybe they know something we don’t? Maybe the polls really are narrowing more than they expected? Or maybe the prospect of the most extreme liberal government in American history led by Obama-Pelosi-Reid, is just something too important to be left to an election free from fraud, intimidation and extreme media bias.

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