December 31st, 2008
01:17 PM ET
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Lobbyist linked to McCain sues NY Times

 Vicki Iseman is suing editors and reporters at the New York Times who worked on a story about her and Sen. McCain.

Vicki Iseman is suing editors and reporters at the New York Times who worked on a story about her and Sen. McCain.

(CNN) - A lobbyist who was romantically linked to Sen. John McCain in a New York Times article has sued the paper for $27 million, saying the story has damaged her career and "sense of personal self-worth."

Vicki Iseman sued the New York Times Company and writers and editors who worked on the front-page story, which she said falsely intimated she had an affair with the senator and used their relationship to gain perks for her clients.

"The damage to Ms. Iseman caused by the story has continued to the present and has not abated," the lawsuit said. "The article destroyed the heart and soul of Ms. Iseman's professional identity and sense of personal self-worth."

The Times issued a statement saying it stands by the story, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The lawsuit charges that The New York Times acted with negligence and malice in publishing the article, having "utterly failed to find evidence supporting their preconceived hypothesis that Sen. McCain and Ms. Iseman had a romantic relationship."

The lengthy report, which ran February 21, said McCain aides became so concerned about the relationship between the two that they blocked her access to the senator during his first campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

The lawsuit details comments that reporters and editors from other media outlets made about the story in which they said the Times implied an inappropriate or romantic relationship.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. David

    The NYT is the most corrupt newspaper in America.

    December 31, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Noah

    Countdown until the crazy Liberals who spend their entire days posting on this forum show up and start bad mouthing this lady and John McCain. That is what they are good at doing.

    December 31, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Who really believes this? Does it really matter if she did or didn't "sleep" with McCain? What job could it really affect? I'd like to know which jobs have been lost by the NYTimes article because I have trouble believing her problems getting a job. If the lobbyist job is a problem, then go back to school to learn another job if you need additional points on your resume. What about think tanks or other policy groups?

    December 31, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    It will be interesting to see what she does on the witness stand! Especially if the Times lawyers remind her of the definition of perjury before they ask her the "delicate" question of whether or not she had a relationship with McCain. If yes, then her case has no standing as the Times merely reported the truth. If no, then the Times better be prepared to pony up! If she refuses to answer, then the Times lawyers need to hammer away at her and drag up every questionable statement and relationship she ever had!

    December 31, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. john from sandiego

    the New York Times editorial staff has never claimed to be unbiased or honest, everyone is well aware of it.

    December 31, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Salt


    Just like you are so good at hunting out the Obama stories to spew your hatred all over them?

    As far as this story is concerned...innocent until proved guilty and all that, but she certainly looks like McCain's type.

    December 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Briana the college student

    Noah the crazy conservative who criticizes liberals before anything happens. Get a life

    December 31, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. obama-mama

    Really??????? An affair?????? Really?????? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Al, NY NY

    3,2,1,.... Oh and a right wing paper NEVER exaggerated ANYTHING about a Democratic person...what a laugh!!! Oh and David, try reading the NY Post. That rag isn't worth the cheap paper it's printed on.

    December 31, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. LIP

    Yellow journalism is becoming a way of the past and newspapers will disappear just like the Dinosaurs and they will be missed only by their advertisers. Yellow journalism has destroyed way to many lives and where they leave off, the television media such as FOX and CNN will take up the slack. How can we ever forget the days of OJ and all the women and children that have disappeared and the endless stories as if there was nothing else to talk about...endless drivel about negative stuff of little relevance.

    December 31, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Frank

    Good for her. Being slimed by the times has to make her skin crawl. I hope she is able to hold individuals personally responsible for the slander and it would be good to see the NY Slimes take an extra-ordinary financial hit over this.

    The NY Times is corrupt and disgusting and should not be afforded the respect that an unbiased news organization should have.

    December 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Donna

    Noah–are you familiar with the concept of projection? That's when you attribute to others your own characteristics. Certainly, there are some people who claim to be liberal who "bad mouth" John McCain. There are just as many who claim to be conservative who have written horrible things about the Obamas. The fact is that, by posting about the "crazy liberals" who you claim will start posting ugliness, you are doing exactly the same thing. Or do you believe that it's ok when it's you?

    December 31, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Dj

    Dang!!!! They look so much alike, she and Cindy could be sisters...

    December 31, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. BB

    He couldn't keep his eyes off of Palin's butt and boobs either. It was sickening to watch. Why can't women have more respect for themselves and tell the old womanizer to stop it.

    December 31, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. MK

    My "personal sense of self worth" would have been adversely affected if I was accused of sleeping with John McCain too.

    December 31, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    Vicki: did you or did you not have a romantic or otherwise relationship with Senator McCain? That's question one. Secondly, did you or did you not use your relationship (in any shape or from) with Senator McCain, to further your business, or gain access on behalf of, or for any of your clients? The third question is: how does the article destroy the heart and soul of your professional identity and sense of personal self-worth? Unless you did not have any self-worth at all in the first place!

    December 31, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Sanity has Returned

    Hey Noah and David, I'm a liberal and could care less about McCain, his alleged affairs, Palin, ect.. and I love reading the NYT. I'm looking forward to Jan 20, 2009 and plan on looking towards the future and not living in the past like the other party. Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. sky

    So is she mad because they talked about it or because she didnt do it? These people 9 times out of 10 sue because someone dared to print the truth about them. The crime itself, the unethical behavior, gets lost in the battle which is just what they want. They want to act badly and not have to answer for it. They want to do, what they want to do and have everyone look the other way......then make the people who tell on them into the criminal. It is always the guy who tells who ends up looking like the jerk....they want it that people will be reluctant to tell....but the truth really is....the guy who tells, who stands up and says what he/she knows to be the the real hero and these sleeze bags shouldnt be able to do their sleezy crap and have everyone turn their heads.

    December 31, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. True Blue Ohio

    Though I am a Democrat, I never believed this story. The timing of the story's release is questionable and only seemed probable because so many other poltical figures were encroached in scandal. It is not fair to accuse anyone of infidelity because the allegation in itself is extremely damaging even if the accused is innocent.

    December 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Good, She should have sued them for $100 million. It's about time someone held the NYT accountable for telling's not the first time they've be caught telling lies in order to sell papers, I think she should sue them for all the profit they made and then some.

    December 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Bolaji

    '...damaged her ... "sense of personal self-worth."'? McCain THAT detestable?

    December 31, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Saul- Virginia

    Fox news to me is the worst, most biased, self rightious media outlet in the country. I am a moderate and used to watch fox but now, i will rather watch the discovery channel. Atleast i will hear something positive and educative.

    December 31, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. MLH

    I don't understand the comment by Noah, but as a self identified 'crazy Liberal', I would say the woman is seeking relief from the judiciary for a wrong that she believes was perpetrated against her. Access to the courts is one of the things that I love about my country.

    As for bad mouthing Senator McCain, some of us spent more time supporting our candidate than tearing the other down. The measure of our success can be seen on Inauguration Day.

    December 31, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Danny in Chicago

    Noah......did you even WATCH the campaigns this year?

    Who was bad mouthing WHO again?

    Republicans never cease to amaze me....

    December 31, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. NYT

    Business is business.

    December 31, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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