Fox News Issues Press Release Against the New York Times Over McCain Story
While only a few news outlets have picked up on the story in the New York Times about a close relationship John McCain had with a telecom lobbyist, one of the first out of the gate is actually Fox News. Of course, the story from Fox News is actually about how bad the New York Times story is. Check out the first paragraph in their version:
John McCain's campaign lashed out Wednesday at a new report in The New York Times alluding to the Republican presidential candidate's relationship with a female lobbyist.Yeah, that is how the story starts on Fox News. After long quotes from the McCain campaign blasting the NYT for publishing the story, here are the final four paragraphs, blasting the NYT itself:
When McCain denied the allegations in December, including the alleged affair, he was responding to expectations that the Drudge Report was going to preempt the investigation before the newspaper actually reported it, campaign officials said.
Though Drudge did not print the story, campaign officials contend that the newspaper decided to go ahead and publish it now because The New Republic was planning a scathing critique of the newspaper for revealing the contents of its investigation.
McCain campaign officials said two weeks ago, they got a call from The New Republic asking for comment and information because it was planning a story on the newspaper's investigation.