In reaction to a piece that mentioned Cindy McCain’s pain killer addiction in today’s New York Times, her lawyer wrote to the paper and asked why they have not investigated Obama’s drug use, and why Obama hasn’t “rescued” his family from Kenya.
John Dowd starts out by calling the NYT biased towards Obama, “I represent Cindy McCain. I write to appeal to your sense of fairness, balance and decency in deciding whether to publish another story about her. I do this well knowing your obvious bias for Barack Obama and your obvios bias hositility to John McCain. I ask you to put your biases and agendas aside.”
Dowd wants the Times to investigate Obama’s drug dealer, “It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama. You have not tried to find Barack Obama’s drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, Dreams of My Father. Nor have you interviewed his poor relatives in Kenya and determined why Barack Obama has not rescued them. Thus, there is a terrific lack of balance here.”
He continued, “I suggest to you that none of these subjects on either side are worthy of the energy and resources of The New York Times. They are cruel hit pieces designed to injure people that only the worst rag would investigate and publish. I know you and your colleagues are always preaching about raising the level of civil discourse in our political campaigns. I think taking some your own medicine is in order here.”
If you read the story, the person that looks really bad is John McCain. McCain left his wife alone through several miscarriages, and was too busy to pick out gifts for her on her birthday. McCain looks like a real jerk in this piece. What the campaign is bent out of shape about is that the Times brought up that she stole drugs from her own charity to feed her addiction to painkillers.
Going to war with the media is never a good idea, especially when your campaign doesn’t have the money to get publicity without them. No one cares about Obama or Cindy McCain’s past drug use. This has nothing to do with the current campaign. The idea that Obama’s family needs to be rescued from Kenya is elitist, and a racist concept. What if Obama’s family doesn’t want to leave Kenya? The idea that they are in an African nation, so they must be rescued is racist beyond belief. The McCain campaign is slipping from desperate to pathetic. This is a campaign that deserves to lose.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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