December 31st, 2008
01:17 PM ET
6 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. Bob

    Clinton was impeached for lying to investigators, lying under oath etc. Clinton was not impeached for being a jerk scounderal woman abuser puke.

    Newspapers (and all media) needs to be held accountable for the scurilious words they print or utter.

    December 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Spencer

    Seems like a personal issue that no one, especially one posting on a website, is really qualified to interject their opinion.

    December 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Bowman

    I am with you sg, I hope this puts the NY Times under. Even the National Enquirer would not want to buy them.

    December 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Lori In DFW, Texas

    Look in Webster's Dictionary under "hypocrisy", and you'll see a picture of the symbol of the Republican Party. If I had enough shoes, I would be throwing them at every Republican out there. "Family Values", my dyin' a$$!

    December 31, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Will18E

    Wait a minute, I thought the GOP was for tort reform?
    I guess not when it's there turn to file a frivolous lawsuit.

    December 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. chuck

    I WILL ONLY SAY --SEE HOW JOHN MCCAIN TREATED HIS FIRST WIFE WHILE HE WAS DATING HIS SECOND. THE OLD FELLOW IS A MEAT LOVER--TYPICAL REPUBLICAN--YOUNG AND OLD. NO SHAME, NO PRIDE,NO AMBITION.

    December 31, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. LIBERAL FOR LIFE

    this would not be the first time McCain has had an affair. Cindy his current wife was the other woman at one time

    December 31, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. lobby lips

    I hear lobbyists make alot of money selling their souls.Sounds like a great k street job when ever you get done stealing from the people for years.

    December 31, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Once you vote Black

    Noah and David are idiots. Wow Richard, how did you see that coming? Because its true?

    December 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. I'm just saying

    Who the heck cares about politicians personal and sexual lives?!!? The NYT is just like any other paper in the country in that it's trying to survive and SELL PAPERS! It makes more money printing this irrelevant trash because this country eats it up...

    I didn't care when Clinton did it, I don't care if McCain did it... Most great leaders probably have. Nothing but irrelevant distractions to the electorate...

    December 31, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Otto

    They look so good together; I thought they were very close? If it's too good to be true; it maybe true.

    Go get a life woman! You want 27 Million for what; this is not Wall Street and no share of the 700 Billion.

    December 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Christine D

    Good! John Mccain should also sue.

    December 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. PalinOfTheNorth

    Bimbo!

    December 31, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. sammy

    Even i as a liberal will admit the NYT has gone too far. Anyone who dafame's someone's character soly for the purpose of selling newspapers needs to be taught a lesson. One that they will hopefully never forget........now, if that could only be extended to fox.

    December 31, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Oh Please....

    Yet another one of McShame's bimbos running wild. Can't he keep them tame already? Just look at her, we all know she went THERE! She is now upset because he was the loser in the election. Had he become President, she would be bragging about it.

    December 31, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. KJL

    Wouldn't surprise me if it was true. I'm sure her lawsuit will turn over all kinds of rocks.

    December 31, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Rob

    uhh, you can't get sued if its true...can you?

    December 31, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Rob

    ahhh, the bitterness of Republicans, it uses to anger me now I just get a warm fuzzy. It feels good when your choice for President is in control.

    December 31, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Once you vote Black

    He might not have cheated on her but he did cheat with Cindy. Must of maried Cindy for her personal self worth.

    December 31, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Jessica

    Once a cheater, always a cheater...... John McCain is way too old
    to change his colors now.

    December 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. CHANGE.COM

    CNN: why is it that my commets are always awaiting moderation?

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Beverly, NYC

    If Vicki Iseman's self worth can be damaged by a newpaper article, she must be mentally unhinged to begin with and should be closely monitored during a trial when everything she's ever said & done will be scrutinized. Had McCain won the election would this lawsuit see the light of day?

    December 31, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. mary

    Good for her! The media manipulators substitute Fiction for facts and have failed to do their job consistently. Their corporate owners picked the "winning candidate"–and misogyny rules, as evident from the readers anti-Iseman comments here! Shame....

    December 31, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Mesa Mick

    Great lookin' babe – Wouldn't blame ole' John boy for chasing after that if he did...

    December 31, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Lauren the Designer

    Noah: I've ready your posts on here before and you certainly are good at finding the Obama stories and spewing your hatred all over them.

    As far as this story goes, maybe she did and maybe she didn't. I said it before about Clinton...a politician's indiscretions are really none of my business so I don't care as long as it isn't affecting me.

    She definitely does look like his type though.

    December 31, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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