December 31st, 2008
01:17 PM ET
9 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.

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Filed under: John McCain • New York Times
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Joseph, Los Angeles

    This is a wait and see situation. If the story is true, it is true... If it is false, then and only then, shame on the NYT.

    December 31, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Holly

    Are there ever comments to CNN articles that aren't based on arrogant cynicism?

    December 31, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Jim

    What ever happened to the right's fight against frivilous lawsuits?

    December 31, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This woman is just one on the list of many affairs that's how he finally ended up with Cindy.

    December 31, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Andy – pray tell, how does your bird get access the New York Times in order to defecate on it? The sign of contempt probably loses its sting when you fork over your money for the rag in the first place.

    December 31, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. sky

    Look, just take the poliics out of it...remove the "crazy liberal" tags and all the others on both sides....and look at this from a totally objective viewpoint....wrong is wrong no matter who does it

    December 31, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Lauren

    Art Michaelson December 31st, 2008 10:24 am ET

    Hey Art,

    Does the name Bill Clinton ring any bells????

    You want to talk about a midshipman who liked the ladies, lets hear about a former president that admitted to it.

    December 31, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Proud American

    I find it hard to believe that there another human who would sleep with John McCain. She might have a real good case.

    December 31, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "The article destroyed the heart and soul of Ms. Iseman's professional identity and sense of personal self-worth."

    you had to have issues prior to this article if this ONE article 'destroyed your sense of personal self-worth" Move on people, move on.....

    December 31, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Jonesey

    Poor Vicki. You should have gone for Ice Man, not Maverick.

    December 31, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. NY Woman

    NY Times reports things Faux News like to turn a blind eye to.

    Oh, and why are we surprised about McShame cheating on his wife? That's what he did to his first. Cindy deserves what she got for stealing another woman's husband.

    December 31, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Dee Tee Gee

    I guess we should just forget the fact that John McCain has a history of this type of behavior. The guy walked out on his first wife at the worst of times for another woman, his current wife matter of fact. Tells me all I need to know about the guy. Just can't dismiss that this may be true. What's the big deal anyway? McCain is yesterday's news. Don't we have an inaugeration to get ready for?

    December 31, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Patrick

    To "Wendy":

    She's suing the NYT b/c this story was proven to be false. That's why the NYT has lost it's credibility. Do some research next time before posting on here.

    December 31, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Fani

    So this gal is worth $27 million. Ok, we know now what she is worth.
    Great. I like it when girls put a price tag on themselves so its easier to shop for girls like her.

    December 31, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. email4kh

    Hey, who could blame McCain?
    She sure beats that dingbat from Alaska he picked.
    BTW, didn't Juan first meet Bristol Palin about 40 weeks ago?
    That would sure explain a lot.

    December 31, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. zaphod2000

    Goodness, really? Extra marital affairs, children out of wedlock to two high school dropouts, secession of Alaska, KKK hatred filed rallies. Who would have thunk it from the republicans?

    December 31, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Bill

    She looks like she has had 'work' done to her face and if she wins the lawsuit, she'll be rich. Seems to me she would be EXACTLY the type of woman McCain would go for.

    December 31, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Tate

    What is there to sue, that dump of a paper is going out of business. Might as well read US weekly. Its just like talk radio nobody cares what liberals have to say.

    December 31, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. tom

    when we get rid of all republicans our nation will move forward.

    December 31, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Larry in Houston

    What makes the difference if she had an affair with him, or not ?
    After so much time goes by, the issue will be gone....and she can go on with her life, no problem.........She probably should sue McCain, if she has any issue with him, because between him & his wife, they are worth hundreds of millions of dollars......remember ? 9 houses
    and 15 automobiles ?

    Larry C.
    Houston Texas

    December 31, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. tom

    wendy-the "Sexual Predator" in Chief was rightfully impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. It was the manicially partisian Congress that failed to remove him from office that ended up allowing Bush to be elected. That's the last 8 year legacy that the democrats have to live with. Sorry to burst the bubble of another liberal myth.

    December 31, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Dave, Illinois

    Since Bush will not be in office after Jan. 20, the NYT will loose a lot of readership. They have been a anti-Republican political rag for the last eight years. Now that the Dems hold total power, the NYT will have to find another bogyman or the Libs will have to find a rag that is even farther to the left.

    December 31, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. dittohead with forty names

    She has a valid point,you can see it on her head.Lets hope we can get to the bottom of this story.She looks like a very gifted woman,I can see why John was drawn to her.Its in her wide smile.

    December 31, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. kcmookie

    Kind of funny how the "crazy conservatives" have jumped all over this story in preparation for the "crazy liberals". Notice you comment on CNN and read the comments expecting an onslaught of "liberal craziness". So exactly who is the crazy one here? Most of us have moved on now that we can finally see the end of what our entire society has had to endure for the past 8 years. Isn't it time for you to check in with Rush and find out what you think today?

    December 31, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Sherrol in Canada

    With 27 million, she'll be sitting pretty for the rest of her life....if she wins!!!

    December 31, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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