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Saturday, October 18, 2008

McCain Camp and Fox News Sinks Lower… Why?

Let’s talk about drug use by politicians. Not that they are using them now but what they did ten, twenty or thirty years ago. Can we make this relevant to today’s election for President? Now lets throw in Fox News on the facts and break this story wide open as a drowning campaign that would push you under if the life boat was in reach. First class passengers have that right so don’t mess with them as you go under.

For the record, not once in this blog have I ever mentioned the wives of the political candidates for President in a derogatory manner. Other than reporting the facts that the possible future First Ladies were both highly educated woman that deserve due respect. In that thought process, I personally find it outrageous that anyone would attack them. I don’t care what Michele Obama did in the past, or for that matter what Cindy McCain did in the past ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. They are not running for President! Their respective husbands are. Throw a shot at the husband no matter how abusrd and it is fair game in most political circles. But the wives? Yes they would both look good as First Lady but that is not a political position you run for! It’s a given position by the people of America. There is a catch to this scenario of mine though, if the wife of a candidate for President inserts her influence in a legal matter against any media organization then it is public record. That opens up a Pandoras box onto itslelf. Hic-UP!

I’m not even going to try to make sense of this letter from Cindy McCain’s lawyer to the New York Times. It just screams of last minute desperation where common sense does not exist. Fox news has this to say on it… (They have an exclusive) The emphasis and Red High Lighting is part of the post at Fox News and not mine! Here it is…

“You have not tried to find Barack Obama’s drug dealer” by Greta Van Susteren

Gloves are off ….Big Time!!! Look for blood on the floor!! Mrs. McCain’s lawyer fires off a letter to the New York Times! See the letter to Keller of the New York Times below:

Subject: RE: Politico: Cindy’s lawyer to NYT: “You have not tried to find Barack Obama’s drug dealer…”

Note from me: I am told we have this letter independently – see below.

Dear Mr. Keller:

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 obvious bias hostility to John McCain. I ask you to put your biases and agendas aside.

I understand that Cindy is in the public eye, but you have already profiled her extensively (Jennifer Steinhauer reported), written about her financial situation (including an editorial on her tax returns) and about her role at Hensley and Company.

I am advised that you assigned two of your top investigative reporters who have spent an extensive amount of time in Arizona and around the country investigating Cindy’s life including her charity, her addiction and her marriage to Senator McCain. None of these subjects are news.

Snip (it gets worse)

These allegations and efforts to hurt Cindy have been a matter of public record for sixteen years. Cindy has been quite open and frank about her issues for all these years. Any further attempts to harass and injure her based on the information from Gosinski and Clark will be met with an appropriate response. While she may be in the public eye, she is not public property nor the property of the press to abuse and defame.

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.

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.

Snip (holy crap it's signed by a law firm)

John M. Dowd
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

- Fox News

From this point forward, all family members are in question according to the letter on Fox News? I don’t think the McCain campaign wants to go that route. Obama may have had some indiscretions in his past as a young man and has admitted them publicly. He is not perfect, never has claimed to be, but he has stuck by Michele through everything they have faced together. John McCain has a past written into newspapers across America that could drag up the worst of issues as well as the best of issues. It’s a coin toss and Google searching is only a few typed key words away from researching the truth behind this latest mud to be thrown at the wall. Calling out for the drug dealer for Barack Obama is outrageous and frankly a bad idea. Counter point, who was Cindy’s drug dealer? For that matter, Senator McCain went through hell as a P.O.W. and how many prescription drugs is he taking now for that pain? How clear will his head be when that three AM call comes if he just downed a couple of pills for the pain?

The bigger question is who was your drug dealer when you were in High School and why is that person now a CEO of XYZ corporation? Double edged swords cut into the swing and back again and I don’t think the McCain campaign would like to see the full investigative services of any news organization that could hone and sharpen that sword. Whoever told John and Cindy McCain that it was a good idea to threaten the New York Times with a lawyers letter was not looking out for the best interests of the Senator and his wife Cindy.

And all of this has what to do with and about the economy, healthcare, jobs, tax breaks, and your life in America? Absolutely nothing! That is the point of this post. Somebody ask the McCain campaign why they want to know who Barack Obama’s drug dealer was? If there even ever was one? It makes no sense no matter how you look at it.

Pass the life vests around over at the McCain campaign. The ship is sinking and it is almost every man, woman and child for themselves.


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