Times sued over McCain lobbyist relationship story

This story broke over the holidays, and somehow I missed it. I’m guessing many others did, too.

The lobbyist linked to Sen. John McCain  filed a defamation suit against The New York Times late last month. You may recall that when the Times’s article ran in February 2008 people both inside and outside the media questioned whether McCain had an affair with lobbyist Vicki Iseman. Both McCain and Iseman said they did not have an affair nor an inappropriate relationship, but Iseman believes the article implied an affair. The Times maintains the article did not say the couple had an affair, but brought up concerns by staffers that the relationship between a senator and a lobbyist might be seen as inappropriate.

Iseman’s lawyers are seeking $27 million in damages.


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