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.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Matt in Oregon

    I didn't think the article had substance, personally. This woman probably has a good case. But the NYT is still the best paper in country.

    December 31, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. kevin

    I love it when those right wingers get their panties in a bunch. They are the same people who gloated over Clinton's "indiscretion." They never talk about the nasty politics of destruction the Republican party has used for the last 12 years....you guys live with blinders on.

    It should come as no shock that mcCain would cheat on a wife...he did it to the lady who waited out his POW time....Now that's a real man!

    December 31, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. max

    I just wonder if she was as good at having McCain cheat as Cindy was............

    December 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. email4kh

    I would imagine that having the world find out she slept with a scumbag like John McCain probably didn't do much for "Ms. Isemans's professional identity and sense of self-worth," but it isn't the Times' fault that she did it.

    December 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Linda

    Good for you. Get 'em.

    Even though the New York times has now officially become nothing but a Gossip rag, filling the paper with biased views and personal opinions portraying that as news or fact, they are a NEWSPAPER, not a magazine and must be held accountable.

    At least you can do it, unlike poiiticians falsely smeared and attacked can't seem to do it for fear of retaliation from the habitual smearing and lying papers that they are.

    December 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. timothy

    To Wendy:

    This isn't about McCain lying under oath, as Clinton did. He is not even involved in the suit. Typical of the liberal left to invent circumstances. I'm glad the NYT is being sued. Not that they will have the money to pay off when they lose. LOL Such a financially broke liberal rag!! HaHaha

    December 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. OBAMA GIRL

    Well I'm a liberal and I'm not going to bash her. This is defamation of someone's character and if the story wasn't true, NYT shouldn't have printed it esp without lengthy fact checking.

    December 31, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Benn

    My cat would like to eat your bird.....

    December 31, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. maxmax

    How can McCain pick it up? he looks too old and messed up, not even viagra would work for him. did the NY Times thought about it? i guess they are too stupid. Put them under, she has to win.

    December 31, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Only in the Paper

    Only in the paper are people guilty until proven innocent. And when they are found to be innocent, the paper rarely admits it and in most cases the damage is already done. It's a shame...

    December 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Change - Yeah Left

    Yet ANOTHER example of how the left wing media decided that they were going to smear anyone who wasn't the great Obama.

    It was totally utterly irresponsible of them to print something which wasn't validated. I'm sure that if it had been a Democrat with potential damage, they would have researched to the nth degree.

    I hope that she wins and puts the NYT out of business!!!

    December 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES @ GW!!!

    there is more to this story than john mcsame was telling. the ny times coulnd't have the balls the spill the whole beans...this what u get for cozying up to the right-wing nuts!

    December 31, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    I hope she wins. I am sick of seeing "Freedom of the Press" being abused. Newspapers are able to make outlandish claims, and then the retraction is in the bottom corner of page 8.

    December 31, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Matt

    Good for her. The press needs to realize that words have power and should not be written without honesty and thorough investigations.

    December 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. max (NY)

    Did the article break her legs, or arms or impair her sight or audition, or damage her brain and spoil her knowledge? Give me a freaking break here! That's ridiculous. She should get not a red penny.

    December 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. good riddance GWB ... and his sheep

    considering mcshame left his crippled 1st wife for a multi-millionaire beer baroness, I wonder .... hhhmmm

    December 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. eddie

    I would like to see more conservatives suing liberal establishments for spreading lies and propaganda.

    December 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. JL

    The NYT should hire John Edwards as its attorney!

    December 31, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Joe

    Let's talk about the party of scandals and coverups:

    Bill Clinton –

    Whitewater – Travelgate Gennifer Flowersgate – Filegate – Vince Fostergate – Whitewater Billing Recordsgate – Paula Jonesgate- Lincoln Bedroomgate – Donations from Convicted Drug and Weapons Dealersgate – Lippogate – Chinagate – The Lewinsky Affair – Perjury and Jobs for Lewinskygate – Kathleen Willeygate – Web Hubbell Prison Phone Callgate – Selling Military Technology to the Chinesegate – Jaunita Broaddrick Gate – Lootergate – Pardongate
    Charles Rangel – under indictment for inappropriate ways and means committee behavior
    Tim Mahoney – admitted to affair in office
    John Edwards – admitted to affair
    Rod Blagojevich – attempted to sell senate seat
    Barney Frank – admitted to having paid Stephen Gobie (a male prostitute) to have sex with him
    Ted Kennedy – pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crime after killing his girlfriend by plunging a car off of a cliff and into the water
    Eliot Spitzer – paid a prostitute to have sex with him/cheated on wife
    The "Reverand" Jesse Jackson – admitted to affair and illegitimate child (maybe not so reverend)
    The DNC – fined $719,000 for fundraising scandals in 1996 involving donations from China, Korea, and other foreign sources
    Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde – Democrat – the son of newly elected U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, was booked on charges of criminal damage to property for allegedly slashing tires on 20 vans and cars rented by the Republican Party for use in Election Day voter turnout efforts.

    Wow...great party – the new party of ethics eh? NICE!!!

    Pretty sure the far-left CNN wont post this!

    December 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. California Gold

    What a maverick.

    December 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Once you vote Black

    This women was chasing the Big John and got caught. Now she is having issues of self worth. So I guess the $27 mill is suppose to improve her self worth? Conservatives are the only ones who hate the courts until there is money or a presidency in the balance. Suck it up Noah. She gets caught so now she gets paid? Sounds like white women privilege to me.

    December 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Jackson

    hmmm... I thought republican geezers only liked 13 year old boys. Or other white guys.

    December 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. johnnie mac

    Maybe Mac got confused and thought she was Cindy.

    December 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. globalgroove

    Noah...go walk with a dinosaur you naive little twit

    December 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    If this statement is true,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. Vicki Iseman is sueing the wrong she be sueing the McCain aide that blocked her access to the senator, not New York Times Company and writers and editors

    December 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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