McCain Campaign Manager Assaults Grey Lady

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 22, 2008 3:23pm

McCain-Palin campaign manager Steve Schmidt attacked the New York Times today.

Asked about a story detailing how McCain campaign manager Rick Davis was paid almost $2 million by an organization that included Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to hinder efforts to enact stricter regulations, Schmidt attacked the newspaper.

"Let’s be clear and be honest with each other about something fundamental to this race, which is this," Schmidt said in a conference call. "Whatever the New York Times once was, it is today, not by any standard, a journalistic organization. It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that, every day attacks the McCain campaign, attacks Sen. McCain, attacks Gov. Palin, and excuses Sen. Obama."

Schmidt said that "there’s no level of public vetting with regard to Sen. Obama’s record, his background, his past statements. There’s no level of outrage directed at his deceitful ads. This is an organization that is completely, totally, 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate, which is their prerogative to be. But let’s not be dishonest and call it something other than what it is."

Schmidt added that "everything that is read in the New York Times that attacks this campaign should be evaluated by the American people from that perspective: that it is an organization that has made a decision to cast aside its journalistic integrity and tradition, to advocate for the defeat of one candidate — in this case, John McCain — and to advocate for the election of the other candidate, Barack Obama."

You can listen to the call HERE.

Obama spox Bill Burton took issue with the notion that the Times has not vetted Obama, sending out a list of stories the Times has written about the Democratic presidential nominee, and writing:

"# of probing stories the NY Times has written over the course of the campaign about Barack Obama, his life, his religion, his childhood, his politics, his time in the state Senate, his time in the U.S. Senate, his family, his religion, his friends, his fundraising and all other manner of associations: more than 40…

"# of stories the NY Times has written over the course of the campaign about the last major financial regulatory crisis, resulting in a huge bailout, and which John McCain was centrally involved in with his political godfather Charles Keating: 0."

- jpt

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