December 31st, 2008
01:17 PM ET
5 years ago

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.

Full story


Filed under: John McCain • New York Times
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Andrea/ CA

    Noah, It is people like you that will continue to try to divide this nation with stupit comments like that. To you it is us and them, instead of US. Grow up. Before you accuse, read what you write, and then think before you blog. Happy New Year. And Grow up.

    December 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    sense of personal self-worth? GIMME A BREAK

    she's a lobbyist after all! but a victim just the same.... LOL

    December 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Art Michaelson

    Talk to the old ballarina in South America who knew (?) McVain while he was a midshipman. It is just a fact that he always liked the LADIES maybe a little too much.

    December 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. wendy

    Settle down....all of you to the right!!! What party made it their mission to impeach a president for improper conduct. This would be the pot calling the kettle black.

    December 31, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. sg

    I hope she wins the 27 million bucks and puts the NYT under. They'll have no one to blame but themselves.

    December 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. carol

    To; Noah and David:

    Of course you dont' to hear that being a possibility as McCain is such an honorable man right, well,if it's true it won't be McCain's first time will it....still, we'll have to wait and see.

    December 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. richard rohde

    Excellent points Noah & David, but stand by, you know you will soon be called an idiot and be attacked. The thugocracy is feeling heady right now.

    December 31, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Seattle Sue

    Noah+++It seems that you are good at it also.

    December 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Andy

    My bird likes to crap on the New York Times

    December 31, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Mari

    @ NOAH......... why don't you go blog on the far-right-nut blogs?

    HOPE WON.......HOPE WON.........HOPE WON.........HOPE WON........

    December 31, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. AnaB

    First of all Noah, please how about the people spending their days on this forum bashing libs/dems and Obama nonstop? Hate flows from both sides and you know it.

    Second, I seriously could care less about who is sleeping with who and I don't blame this woman for suing.

    December 31, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. happy new year

    usually where there's smoke there's fire, but money can cover a multitude of sins.

    December 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Proud American

    This would sad but funny if it backfires on her.

    December 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Scott

    Girl..take them to the cleaners!

    December 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. America loses, Barack wins for now.

    Fantastic, I hope she wins and bankrupts the Times. The Slobbering Love Affair with Barack New York Times.

    December 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. John McCain

    Actually I was flattered.

    December 31, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Settle down….all of you to the right!!! What party made it their mission to impeach a president for improper conduct. This would be the pot calling the kettle black.
    --------------
    Yes but Bill did cheat and then lied to the american people, In this case it's the NYT's that lied.

    December 31, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. In Houston, TX

    Conservative, republican and GOP posters are so funny to me. They really don't know what Dems and liberals care about. Don't you know that January the 20th we will be swearing in a new and improved POTUS?!?
    No, I have nothing negative to say about this woman's lawsuit or McCain. The Times is newspaper. I want them to be unbiased, give the news all facts, no hype, no spin. If I want that I'll go the editorials pages. Besides any time in media outlet runs a story that makes repugs look bad they call them liberal. (you make yourself look bad)
    By the way that chic looks ALOT like Cindy McCain. I think McCain has a thing for blondes like Hugh Heffner.

    December 31, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Simpliticus

    This ought to be interesting! How far must one go to convince the public that it was Professor Plum, with the candlestick, in the Hall! This is simply a defense mechanism by the lady to release far more information that she wants to have released. This is not the National Enquirer here, so don't expect much for the lady but complete loss of faith and total lack of decorum. The truth will out!

    December 31, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Dan

    Well i am glad that she knows her "sense of personal self-worth." to be at worth 27 million. Mine is probably around 6 million.

    December 31, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Alan

    I bought the NYT once, and never again. The Times prints complete BS and is without a doubt the most corrupted, biased newspaper in American history.

    Happy New Year

    December 31, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Sue

    I'd rather be a crazy liberal than a blind Republican who still believes Bush was good for this country and committed no acts of treason. And I'm sure that loyal Republicans Noah and David never posted one negative thought about Obama or Hillary in the past year.

    December 31, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. New Yorker

    Wendy, the fact is there were grounds for impeachment. The Times was just trying to destroy McCain by using this woman. I hope she wins the suit, but with such corruptness abounding I doubt she will.

    December 31, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Jim

    What a Bimbo truth hurts!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. pyotr

    I agree that the NY Times is the worst newspaper, except for all others. I think some of the right wingers posting to this site are guilty of highly selective perception and are enraged that the Times' reporting challenges some of the beliefs they hold so dear. Of course the Times has screwed up at times, though hardly only in its reporting on right wingers. The Times is held to a higher standard and perhaps it should be, but it is just silly to call it "the most corrupt paper in Ameria." The Wall Street Journal editorial and opinion pages are much more obviously biased.

    December 31, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9