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. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Hmmm......considering that McCain DID cheat on his first wife to soon thereafter marry a millionaire beer heiress, there of course can be NO truth to the The Times piece.......hmmmm.

    December 31, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Someone

    lol, this "Vicki" looks like she has about $270 Million dollars worth on her. What's 27 Million to her? Pocket change?

    December 31, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. The other side

    Yet another one of McCain's bimbos....

    December 31, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Sherman in Atlanta

    If its legal go for it Vicki,cant wait to see the outcome.In the mean time im going to Alabama to get me a job at a foreign owned,slave labor car company.

    December 31, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Why is everyone blaming the Democrats about this. They didn't print the story. And I totally agree with others who stated that the MEDIA and NOT only the NYT print these types of stories about others. They have you GUILTY before even that facts are out there. For an example: The woman who jumped to her death last week from the cruise ship that they started to blame the husband just because they had a domestic call about them in the past. Now her PARENTS are stated that they strongly believe their daughter committed SUICIDE because she had some MENTAL issues. Where is the apology from the MEDIA regarding this? They MEDIA should be sued for issuing these accusations. Enough of people did this they just might SHUT the heck up before judging them in the press...

    December 31, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. arc, Lugano CH

    Vicki Iseman and Sherry Johnston are entitled to their personal lives being protected as their own. Fellow Democrats or Liberals who take joy in attacking and insulting these people forget who look worse for having doing so. Cast the first stone if you are without sin or regret. Three fingers will point right back at you.

    December 31, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Just sort of scary the resemblance of Cindy isn't it. McCain was unfaithful once, I wouldn't doubt this affair at all. And he didn't pick Palin because of her brains either.

    December 31, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Diversity is the key

    Amazing how fast the rightwingers forget that it was McCains own people who admitted that they kept her away from McCain because of how it was looking.

    If the high heeled shoe fits.....

    December 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. jenbeee

    I'm a liberal and I honestly don't give a crap whether McCain had a romantic relationship with this lobbyist or not. That's a red herring. What concerns me is whether McCain, as potential president of the USA, was too close to lobbyists in general, and overly beholden to them and/or susceptible to their influence. I haven't seen anything that refutes that. As to whether Iseman has a case, well, we'll find out! I would certainly be angry if a newspaper hinted that I had an affair with a public official when I didn't. I suspect the liability will come down to exactly what the Times said and how they said it.

    December 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. It's About Time

    It's about time someone gave the New York TImes what they deserve.

    The newspaper went on a liberal-partisan rampage this year, smearing McCain (and Hillary) and deifying Obama without any concern for facts or journalistic integrity.

    Finally, the New York Times will learn the cost of their actions. (About $27 million)

    December 31, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Not a party animal

    when we get rid of Republicans and Democrats our nation will move forward...

    December 31, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    I don't blame her for sueing the NY Times. They made false statements of an affair that were not proven so their Messiah Obama could win the election. With their logic you could say their candidate has had affairs since he deals with female lobbyist and politicians too.
    I hope she wins but her problem is the case will be in New York City where a democrat or their ally can do no wrong in a jurys eyes.

    December 31, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Me in San Diego

    This might actually be true. Men have "types" and this lady is very similar to his wife and ex....hmmmmm....

    December 31, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. tom

    i hope the nyt fight this hardcore, we must stop all republicans no matter what they do.... time to stop them from destroying sowe can start rebuilding what they have destroyed.

    December 31, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. ana

    Good for her!

    December 31, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Marconi

    McCain is an honorable man.

    December 31, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. s

    You have to remeber, Sen. Mccain had an affair with Cindy while he was still married to his first wife. He was quite open about it in his book and in past interviews. John Edwards also denied his affair for years before those picture came out and he didn't even have a history of adultery like Mccain does. Think about it. Also, this is the man who swore Palin was fit to be Vice President or even President during the campaign but afterwards said he's not sure he would vote for her.

    December 31, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. robert

    How many of the right-wing folk here knocking the NYT for being "a liberal rag," have ever read it? Or are they merely accepting Limbaugh's word for it? And would they level the same criticism at The Washington Times for being a "conservative rag?" Just wondering.

    December 31, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. proudliberal-independent

    who cares?

    December 31, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    For all of you invoking Clinton's moral lapse, you seem to have forgotten something. Congressman Henry J. Hyde, who lead the Republican-dominated impeachment proceedings against Clinton, was himself an adulteror. He had an affair with a married woman when he was 42 and ruined her marriage. After this was brought to light, he brushed it off as "a youthful indiscretion". At age 42. I guess it only matters who throws the first stone. Is that right?

    December 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. BigBear

    Tom says "when we get rid of all the Republicans our nation will move forward". To where? Just today, another liberal tried to take God out of the Inauguration. Those idiots have already taken God out of School, out of court, out of public places. They have added over 1,000,000 new laws interfering with an American's right to live as he/she sees fit, they have added new taxes on top of old taxes, on top of older taxes. So tell me, just what nation is left to move anywhere?
    Right on Democrats. Another ten years and I'll watch the demise of democracy and the implementation of whatever ends up taking its place.

    December 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Michael J, Toronto

    Did anyone here actually read the story? There was NO EVIDENCE to back up their accusation that McCain and this woman cheated together. This article was meant to damage the reputation of John McCain and I hope this woman gets every penny she is asking for!

    December 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Craig in Washington

    For all of you invoking Clinton's moral lapse, you seem to have forgotten something. Congressman Henry J. Hyde, who lead the Republican-dominated impeachment proceedings against Clinton, was himself an adulteror. He had an affair with a married woman when he was 42 and ruined her marriage. After this was brought to light, he brushed it off as "a youthful indiscretion". At age 42. I guess it only matters who throws the first stone. Is that right?

    December 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Susan

    It's funny to read some of the right wing neo con morons' comments. Why is it none of you were screaming and ranting when Karl Rove was telling lies about McCain when he ran against Bush? Guess it's okay to spead lies as long as it remains in the party. You're all nothing but a bunch of two bit hypocrites.

    December 31, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Ed Word

    Vicki Iseman has gotten $27 million worth of publicity from the article.

    Call it a draw.

    Next case, your honor..............

    December 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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