New York Times Latest Tack: Make Cindy McCain Cry

Posted on Sun 10/19/2008 by



Andrew Bolt

The New York Times will stop at nothing in its campaign to elect Barack Obama. Printing a long, mocking vilification of John McCain’s wife is the depths to which it has now sunk.

How hard did the reporters trawl for dirt? Here’s an email the lead reporter sent to a Facebook friend of one of McCain’s daughters, 16-year-old Bridget:

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’m astonished not because this aggressive, invasive pursuit even of the candidate’s teenaged daughter and her friends is something the New York Times would not contemplate for even a second. It’s that a reporter could write such an email without dying of shame. “Reach out” indeed. Retch out, more like it.

Powerline notes how the reporter spun her failure to get a nibble to her invitation to spill on Cindy:

Kantor’s fishing came up empty; she couldn’t find a single parent willing or able to contribute dirt on John or Cindy McCain. A single sentence sums up the fruit of Kantor’s “research” among Xavier kids and their parents:

Some of Mr. McCain’s Washington friends say they have barely met Mrs. McCain, while fellow mothers at their children’s schools say they have little sense of her husband.

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Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.