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Another Week, Another Attack on McCain by the NY Times

Filed under: 2008 Election,Media Bias — DRJ @ 5:54 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

This New York Times has published an article entitled “For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling.”

Noah Pollak at Commentary Magazine’s blog looks forward to the day the Times does a similar article on Obama’s ties to Rezko, Ayers, Wright, ACORN, and his rise in Chicago and Illinois politics. Pollak even suggests title:

“For Obama’s Friends, a Host of Anti-American and Criminal Activity.”

That’s a title we’ll never see at the New York Times.


40 Responses to “Another Week, Another Attack on McCain by the NY Times”

  1. [T]he day the Times does a similar article on Obama’s ties to Rezko, Ayers, Wright, ACORN, and his rise in Chicago and Illinois politics. Pollak even suggests title:

    “For Obama’s Friends, a Host of Anti-American and Criminal Activity.”

    I’d like to buy an ad in the NY Post and print exactly that.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  2. [T]he day the Times does a similar article on Obama’s ties to Rezko, Ayers, Wright, ACORN, and his rise in Chicago and Illinois politics.

    The Article has been written:

    This is an excellent expose of what Obama’s ACORN links *really* mean and why “community activist” is really code for “leftwing agitator and activist”.

    Which means the NYTimes will never run anything like it. They disgust me.

    Freedoms Truth (cfa2f1)

  3. We still receive the Sunday dead tree edition, but I stopped reading it over four years ago – believe it or not, they’ve actually gotten worse over that time period.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  4. From Kenneth Anderson – smart and sharp and no doubt the average American voter would solidly in support. Why not fight back, fight hard and not let up for one second? Its not like McCain risks losing the support of the media. If anything, he would earn the respect of Americans sick and tired of being handled, manipulated and lied to by the press.

    “…in which case it’s time to run ads directly against the media, by name. Why not run directly against the NYT, the WP, CNN and the rest? Given that they’re running against you? Why be shy about saying what everyone in the country already knows about the MSM??

    Dana (4d3ea0)

  5. Another Week, Another Attack on McCain by the NY Times

    Missed the front page piece on Friday, then:

    Dubious Claims in Obama’s Ads Against McCain, Despite Vow of Truth

    steve (54b004)

  6. NYT doesn’t even have the professional curiosity to figure out what happened with Obama in the years he was in their own fair city.

    My contention is that is when he hooked up with Bill Ayers.

    They only lived a 1/4 mile apart and while Obama was at Columbia Ayers was at Banks College only 4 blocks away.

    Then Ayers taught a class at Columbia.

    Nothing to see here.

    daytrader (ea6549)

  7. one radio talk show frequently does a “battle of the headlines” skit as if broadcasting a football game. Somehow McCain is always getting walked on…

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  8. Daytrader,
    The NYT is too curious about O’s ties – and they’ve made themselves aware of his past…they just don’t want to publish it.

    They’re curious, and they like what they see.

    Two months ago I picked up one of Las Vegas’ free rags while on a road trip through Nevada. On the front page was a flashy piece of art showing a large elephant in a tuxedo with dollar bills stuffed in his cuffs and collar. The tusked magnate had each arm wrapped promiscuously around a dancing girl.

    The headline read: “You may be surprised at who is raking in gambling’s big bucks!” In the distant background a sweating donkey was running, empty handed, to catch up.

    The artist signed his piece only “War!”

    I wondered at the time just how long it would take for a national paper like the Times to pick up “War’s” agitprop and run with it.

    It took about 50-days.

    As we near the end of this year’s campaign we should all expect Obama’s media friends to try to drive conservative voters away from McCain with junk like this.

    Last election they rolled out a foot-tapping Idaho Congressman to scare Republicans away. But they’re desperate to steer the election to Obama this year, so, I’m guessing they’ll unleash ALL of their hounds over the next 40-days.

    Brace yourselves!

    steveaz (05719b)

  9. So does this gambling story have merit or not? Oh I guess who cares about pointless details like that.

    Shodo (dbfcb4)

  10. Shodo,

    I’ll be happy to consider the merits of the gambling story as soon as the New York Times does an investigative piece like this one on Obama, Ayers and Annenberg.

    DRJ (c953ab)

  11. Shodo, did you read that pointless drivel from the NYT? If you had, you couldn’t have written your snarky comment in any kind of good faith. It was a turgid 6 pages of boring nothingness that almost put me to sleep and it ended really abruptly on some tangential factoid/fiction. Seriously, it’s not front page material by any editorial standard. It’s just a tedious attempt at muckraking. mcCain has no problems with Indians or gambling and used to be on an India affairs committee. Soo frickin’ what?! Honestly, I am sitting here in Sydney enjoying the opera of American politics and I find the NYT supporters the dumbest of the lot.

    WB (c683c3)

  12. Another Week, Another Attack on McCain by the NY Times

    Another week, another attack on the NY Times by Patterico’s site.

    You know, the same NY Times that helped make this wonderful war in Iraq possible.

    Psyberian (37b2ae)

  13. Shodo, please.

    Think about it.

    McCain against gambling on Indian land – racist!

    McCain in favor of gambling on Indian land – in the pockets of the evil gambling industry!

    It’s all spin.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  14. “You know, the same NY Times that helped make this wonderful war in Iraq possible.”

    Psyberian – So did all the Democrats in Congress who voted for it and the 80%+ of Americans who supported it.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  15. WB – I agree. There was nothing in that story. McCain was on the Indian Affaits Committee. Indians build Casinos. McCain has ties to gambling. Scary stuff. Plus he likes to gamble personally, even scarier. Did you know he’s old, and angry? Do we want an old, angry, cancerous guy with his finger on the button? I ask you.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  16. Daleyrocks, you’re not seeing the point. Without the lies coming out of the media – like the NY Times, do you think there would have been as much support? Um, nope.

    Psyberian (37b2ae)

  17. Psyberian – Of course I see the point. Are you talking about the lies they are printing now or the stories they printed in 2002-2003 not questioning data, which were not actually lies, as you characterize them.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  18. Psyberian – Your assessment of ‘lies’ must indicate that you have evidence that the NYT knew beforehand (not thought beforehand, but knew beforehand, and possessed evidence) some intrinsic truth, and not only failed to give it equal time, but printed the opposite.

    How quickly you forget the general attitude in New York City directly after the attacks of 9/11.
    20/20 hindsight is not a great position of argument.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  19. I’m talking about Judith Miller’s “stories” – either she lied about WMD in Iraq or she was lied to (or both possibly). But apparently someone lied. I think she was just a mouthpiece for the Bush administration but didn’t realize it at the time.

    Psyberian (37b2ae)

  20. If the NY Times wants to find a crooked politician tied to gambling, they might consider talking to Harry Reid. He’s involved, big time.

    Harry had quite a run as head of the Nevada Gambling Commission when the mob ran Las Vegas. That was before he moved up to the major leagues. More money, less risk, it’s a sure thing.

    If you see the movies “Casino” or even better “The Godfather II” you might catch the Hollywood version of ‘ol Harry. He’s usually the one with his hand out.

    Ropelight (1be620)

  21. The dumbest theme of the past five years is the “lies” thing. When you see a real lie, what do you call it ? These people are just not ready for prime time.

    Rezko is starting to talk to prosecutors and that is something he has refused to do until now. There are calls going to defense attorneys (I wonder if Obama is lawyered up et) with info that only Rezko would know. I wasn’t happy with FitzGerald in the Plame case but he could redeem himself.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  22. Psyberian – But apparently someone lied proves neither that –

    1) The NYT or Judith Miller ‘lied’

    2) There exists evidence of a ‘lie’

    I’ve had this conversation with many people.
    A ‘lie’ is to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive, or to make a false impression. Either definition requires knowledge of the truthfulness of a fact, otherwise the speaker that does not know the veracity of a fact cannot lie about it. There is a difference between being ‘wrong’ about something and ‘lying’ about something. One is intentional and the other is not. The deliberate conflation of the two is in itself dishonest.

    It can also be dis-proven by simple logic.

    If the Bush administration knew beforehand that there were not WMD in Iraq, then, unless they had a means to implement the ‘discovery’ of those weapons, they intentionally handed their political opponents a victory upon discovery that the weapons were not in the amounts dictated.

    If, OTOH, they had no knowledge of whether WMD’s existed in Iraq, there could be no lie.

    This is also an old thread subject that has been hashed out before, as the NYT, Clinton, Kerry, along with everyone else, knew and agrees that at some point, Hussein and the Iraqis had WMD’s. We know this because he used them.

    As for Judth Miller, she’s no longer at the times, is she? Do you remember why she ‘left’? She was forced to leave because some people conflated the difference between ‘wrong’ and ‘lied’.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  23. The Times and its editor Bill Keller are beyond shameless in their work for Obama. Last week I cancelled my daily and Sunday NYTimes subscription and haven’t missed it a single day since. Newsweek is next. Why support this crap?

    Scott Kaufer (04438c)

  24. I have to believe that McCain is saving up for a late suprise. The glaring debate omissions in regard to Obama and the Democrat’s culpability in the current financial crisis and Obama’s unsavory acquaintances are being delayed for a reason. Perhaps by hammering him at a later time (next debate?)he can minimize the probama spin by the MSM. It might also give him a Palinesque bump that he can ride into the White House. For Allah’s sake, Obama became the #2 moneyman from Fannie/Freddie lobbying over a ten year period in only four years.

    Bfidler (e8f3cb)

  25. Rather than responding to obvious attempts to drag this post off-topic, here’s an idea: come up with some ways to get the NYT to cover BHO’s links. Here, I’ll start:

    1. Attack the NYT (in general, rather than a specific reporter) at this site, something that the NYT and 99.99% of their readers will never know about.
    2. Go out and ask BHO questions yourself, and upload video of his response.

    I’m guessing that the second is the better option, but for some reason it’s one that this site still hasn’t figured out.

    24AheadDotCom (698f21)

  26. 2. Go out and ask BHO questions yourself, and upload video of his response.

    Unfortunately, the media (like the NYT) has much better access to Obama, but all they’ve been able to get out of him are empty promises and vague platitudes. If they were upset with that result at all, then things might get interesting.

    Not sure if you’re aware of it or not, but Obama is protected heavily from answering any questions without the approval of his PR/Marketing/Campaign manager. It’d be easier to question Putin.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  27. Obama became the #2 moneyman from Fannie/Freddie lobbying over a ten year period in only four years.

    Why do people like this guy? What doesn’t register about this unsavory stuff and the pyramid of filth?

    McCain’s record of reaching across the aisle has turned conservatives off. Yet, we get the McBush nonsense. Can understand some of the liberal agenda; cannot understand the far-left wingers. It’s like watching zombies walk off a cliff. I like the new poster here “Obama for Omerica.” So apropos.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  28. I’m thinking McCain held his fire on Fan/Fred and democrat complicity in the collapse for a reason. It’s much more important to get the tourniquet applied and save the victim (US economy) before beginning to assign blame/responsibility.

    Expect to see some straight talk on the matter once the vote has taken place. The time for bipartisanship on this matter will have passed and McCain can unload on the duplicitous dealings and incestuous relationship between the GSE’s and the dem congress.

    If he doesn’t expose them and name names then he not only deserves to, but will, lose.

    Chris (cefe13)

  29. ““For Obama’s Friends, a Host of Anti-American and Criminal Activity.””

    – DRJ

    Yeah… where’s HUAC when you need it?

    Leviticus (41975c)

  30. I hope someone is looking in those Chicago Annenberg Challenge documents for ties with Freddie and Fannie.

    Amphipolis (fdbc48)

  31. It’s been relocated to the New York Times, Leviticus. But the Obama campaign is trying to get it back into government hands.

    Pablo (99243e)

  32. More from the NEW YORK SLIMES what else can you expect from this nations worse all time news paper not worth lining a birdscage with too dirty to recycle

    Krazy Kagu (34b826)

  33. The Times article is a cooperative effort with the Obama campaign and will be used for ads in Evangelical areas and web sites. They hope the gambling allegations will have an effect similar to the last minute news about Bush’s drunk driving case in 2000. That depressed Evangelical turnout and was due to Bush’s stupidity in not revealing that incident in the spring. I don’t think this will be as effective but the Obama campaign is already taking victory laps.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  34. 2. Go out and ask BHO questions yourself, and upload video of his response.

    You obviously asked this question out of complete ignorance regarding how Obama and his handlers deal with any potentially uncomfortable questions for The Messiah. When the local media tried to ask him about Rezko in late March, Obama started whining about how “I’ve already answered about seven questions already,” and thereby stalked out of the room. He doesn’t give press conferences – ever.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  35. If we want to talk about McCain palying craps, someone other than Jim Geraghty might recall that Obama used to have a regular poker game with lobbyists in Illinois.

    Karl (f07e38)

  36. Dmac,

    To be fair, Obama walked out of that presser after eight questions. 😉

    Of course, if the NYT was fair, a story featuring McCain playing craps with Rick Davis would be balanced by a story on Obama’s regular poker game with lobbyists in Illinois. AFAIK, USAToday is the only MSM outlet to have repported on that.

    Karl (f07e38)

  37. Sarah Palin

    As I say, inaction is not an option. We have got to shore up our economy. This is crisis moment for America, really the rest of the world also, looking to see what the impacts will be if America were to choose not to shore up what has happened on Wall Street because of the – the ultimate adverse effects on Main Street and then how that affects this globalization that we’re a part of, in our world. So, the rest of the world really is looking at John McCain, the leadership that he’s going to provide through this, and if those provisions in the proposal can be implemented and make this proposal better, make it make more sense to taxpayers, then again, John McCain is going to prove his leadership. … But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping the – it’s got to be all about job creation too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity not as a competitive, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

    Fareed Zakaria: “Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president.”

    McCain is an impulse gambler. He gambled on Palin and lost big. Many would say that level of irresponsibility might him unfit to be for the office of President of the United States.
    He’s gambling with the leadership of the United States, and you think it’s all just swell.

    Readnek (105b91)

  38. Karl – two of my best friends are reliable leftists, and during our monthly dinner over the weekend they started railing about how McCain is responsible for this mess, how Palin’s inexperienced, etc. After I laboriously pointed out the MSM’s blackout of Smokin’ Joe’s idiotic comments during the past week, coupled with virtual silence regarding Obama’s complicity in Fannie and Freddie, Clinton’s comments supporting McCain’s contentions regarding Fannie/Freddie, not to mention MSM silence on Obama’s CAC connection – they basically said they had no idea about any of those stories. And here’s the really frightening thing – I believe them, they’re not rabid partisans in most respects, they just don’t have the time to try to find stories that aren’t being covered by the MSM.

    They’re going to drag this guy’s carcass across the finish line, come hell or high water.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  39. Readnek – Newshound that you are I’m sure that you’ve already seen this fine story by Stanley Kurtz in today’s N.Y. Post about Obama’s dangerous pals in ACORN and the community organizing field.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  40. Comment by Readnek @ 10:27 am

    Dude, you’re gambling your vote away if you think an oppressive Socialist will make this country better. As far as Palin, your MSM is doing a bang up job of sliming her. So let it be.

    FWIW – if I only knew of Palin’s resume through her documented accomplishments of government reform, the ticket still gets my vote. In fact, I threw a few hunnies in to keep an American in the top spot and to slow the march of the Oppressor. Barack Obama wishes he had the leadership record of a Governor who cleaned up her state. Unfortunately his boasts are all lies. And you want him as POTUS? Sorry. Keep Chicago politics OUT of the White House.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

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