October 8th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
9 years ago

New York Times calls McCain campaign 'appalling'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/08/art.nytimes.gi.jpg caption="The New York Times issued a critical assessment of McCain's campaign."](CNN) - The New York Times issued a renewed scolding of John McCain in a sharply-worded editorialWednesday morning, the latest salvo in the ongoing back-and-forth between the paper of record and the Arizona senator's White House bid.

"Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been running one of the most appalling campaigns we can remember," the Tuesday editorial said. "They have gone far beyond the usual fare of quotes taken out of context and distortions of an opponent’s record — into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia. Senator Barack Obama has taken some cheap shots at Mr. McCain, but there is no comparison."

Those comments come two weeks after senior McCain advisors derided the New York Times, calling the news outlet "an Obama advocacy organization" in response to an article in the paper that reported McCain campaign manager Rick Davis was still profiting from failed mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

The Times, McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said then, “obscures its true intentions — to undermine the candidacy of John McCain and boost the candidacy of Barack Obama — under the cloak of objective journalism.”

Top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt also weighed in on the paper that endorsed McCain's primary bid, saying it is “150 percent in the tank” for Obama - a statement that drew a defiant response from managing editor Bill Keller, who said the paper is "is committed to covering the candidates fully, fairly and aggressively."

The McCain campaign appeared to make its peace with the paper over the weekend, when aides to the Arizona senator and Palin herself both highlighted a Times story that investigated the relationship between Obama and 1960's radical William Ayers. That article, published October 3, concluded Obama has played down the extent of his relationship with the Weather Underground founder, but concludes the two "do not appear to have been close."

But in its blistering editorial Wednesday, the paper's editors criticized the campaign and the Alaska governor for suggesting Obama is "palling around with terrorists," saying that Palin is implying that "Mr. Obama is right now a close friend of Mr. Ayers — and sympathetic to the violent overthrow of the government."

“We certainly expected better from Mr. McCain, who once showed withering contempt for win-at-any-cost politics," the editorial says.

Earlier: Cindy McCain says Obama running 'dirtiest campaign' ever

soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. JOHN V

    Mc Cain is playing with fire, getting his DOG Palin to issue these appauling remarks is disgusting & the american people know it! ...........McCain & Palin are evil jerks..... we don't need people like you in the white house! Mr McCain ... go feed the pidgeons.... & Palin go back where you came from & stay there!

    October 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Mark

    Come on folks! John's enjoying his MUD BATH!

    October 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Melinda-36 Year Old White Woman in NC

    Yes, many of us do know for whom we will vote, and it is not Obama. Every criticism of Obama must be racist, right? Isn't that what everyone, especially CNN-the Obama Campaign Arm, says? The New York Times no longer has a reputable reputation as they are a completely biased newspaper with no concept of objective journalism. They are about to go out of business because they have so few people with subscriptions. Obama supporters buy that paper and watch CNN. If you support McCain or other party candidates, it is impossible to watch this network or read the NYT. Before you start calling me a racist or say I am stupid for supporting Senator McCain, perhaps you might remenber that tens of millions of voters support the GOP, and it is insulting all of them.

    October 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    Since Palin joined the campaign, McCain is increasingly relevant only to a small segment of right-wing conservative Republicans. Whining about the unfairness of the "liberal media" will make the Rush Limbaugh crowd happy, but it won't win them any votes with undecided voters or the "moderates" that Rush attacked so viciously on his show yesterday.

    October 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Anne

    just when you think they cant sink any lower, one of them does. "that one" has my vote in 08!!

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Sophia, 23, FL

    It's true....the McShame campaign is perverted. And plastic Cindy McCain says that it's the other way around.....OH PLEASE!

    OBAMA '08

    ** I GOT 52 OF MY MYSPACE FRIENDS REGISTERED AND ALL ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA.....YES....TURNING FLORIDA BLUE!

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Nicole In NE

    I agree 100%

    They have only proven they are more like Bush with all of this.
    What happened to the MAverick of 2000?

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Pay in Attention, USA

    I'm voting for 'That One' in 2008 and in 2012.

    McCain was grumpy and rude throughout the debate last night: Correcting a questioner who called the $700 billion bailout, 'a bailout!' If McCain wants to soften things by calling it 'a rescue' that's his right = but don't correct an audience member!

    McCain may be weathy – but he LACKS couth!

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    DID ANYONE NOTICE THAT MCCAIN WAS JUST LIKE ELVIS LAST NIGHT AFTER THE DEBATE.?

    MCCAIN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

    AND IT WAS VERY DISRESPECTFUL FOR HIM NOT TO SHAKE OBOMAS HAND AFTER THE DEBATE. OBOMA TRIED TO SHAKE HIS HAND AND MCCAIN BRUSHED HIM OFF.

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Fazal

    Who cares what Governor Palin is saying, she is just an empty tin that makes alot of noise. 😉

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. White Male Veteran from Minnesota

    Is it just me? If you have been following this presidential race at all it has become extremely apparent McCain has morphed into a desperate old man that will do or say most anything to get to the presidency. Last night he showed all debate viewers that HE was the least Presidential canidate. My God that was obvious!! and it was obvious even to the CNN Republican anaylists. Bill Bennet, Sanchez, and Company. I am proud of Barack and the way he has conducted himself through this entire process. He is my choice for President and I would take a bullet for that man. Our country desperately needs Barack, his vision, inspiration, common sense, fairplay, and a true desire to rebuild the America we all were taught was the land of promise, and where regular men and women from all walks of life can truly acheive their dreams. Yes we Can and No we won't stand for more of the same from McCain.

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. OMG

    hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa everybody understands, its just mccain who doesn't get it.

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. HouseDiva

    Sarah Palin and John McCain are really responsible if anything should happen to Barack Obama God forbid.

    Yesterday Palin didn't even chastise or correct a man for shouting out "kill him" referring to Obama. Instead she continued adding fuel to the fire.

    The McCain/Palin campaign has ran the most racist, sexist, and dumbed down campaign in HISTORY!

    All their supporters should be rounded up, and sent to Alaska. They are what is wrong with America...it's as obvious as the noses on our faces.

    Hopefully Barack Obama will restore pride and respect back to the American people.

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Dadedi

    I think that the best candidate is beginning to show. It has to be "That one!"

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Ex-Republican for Obama

    FactCheck: McCain/Palin are political terrorists determined to undermine our entire election system. Say no and kick them on their criminal butts like they deserve!!!

    No, you don't have to read it in the NYT...it's a simple observation that any retard would conclude just by watching the two for one day.

    Obama/Biden '08: The wisdom to lead, the temper to succeed!

    October 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Sharon Kitchen

    The New York Times is VERY right. But I also have to say that McBase /Palinistic have gone over the edge. way over the edge.
    Do they need leashes or maybe ducktape. Can no one control them?
    Are they the slightest worried that ALL of THEIR comments are on tape and what they have said could be used against them in a court of law.........if anything happens. THEY ARE AT FAULT. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is diffently NOT 2 people who need to be even NEAR the Whitehouse.......guards..........take them away.......far , far away...............

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Hey McCain- Thanks but no thanks

    Hey cindy Mccain you're just as ignorant as your husband!

    You're both lowlifes!

    You and your dodger VP should be cursed for what you're attempting to do to Obama...

    McCain will get his, soon!

    we the people want THAT ONE!

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. blue texas 2008

    That's right... it's heck of a job, Joe0-12-pack McCain!

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h ah ah ah ah ahhhhhhhh
    The old man is cominh home soon.
    McCain thinks that the POTUS is his right and we the american people must hand it to him at all cost and with his lies and poor judgement.

    No Way No How. No Mcold,No Miss Alaska the Moose killer

    We must vote Obama/Biden

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Gtnaustin

    "That One" needs to realize that his usefulness in public life has expired and that he needs to retire to the golf course or one of his 17 houses (if he can find them) and live the remainder of his life in the lap of luxury compliments of his wife.

    Don't we all wish we could be kept men?

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Nicole

    I am voting for "THAT ONE"! You know "THAT ONE"!

    THAT ONE 08'

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. John in Ohio

    One campaign says 1+1=2.

    The other campaign says 1+1=3.

    The media says that yes, 1+1=2, and is a factual statement, and 1+1=3 is false.

    Campaign #2 attacks the media for being biased and "in the tank" for Campaign #1 by daring to report that 1+1=2.

    This is what we're seeing. The media reports the facts. The facts and reality have a pro-Obama bias. Can't change that. The Republicans hate this. They hate that even Fox and the Wall Street Journal are being forced at times to point out the innaccuracies in the McCain campaign. So they demonize and attack the media, and anything that disagrees with their flawed and innacurate interpretation of reality, and all of the sudden McCain campaign stops have the ugly angry atmosphere of a Nuremberg rally.

    Good job McCain. Way to be Senator Heller.

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Sharon Kitchen

    The New York Times is VERY right. But I also have to say that McBase /Palinistic have gone over the edge. way over the edge.
    Do they need leashes or maybe ducktape. Can no one control them?
    Are they the slightest worried that ALL of THEIR comments are on tape and what they have said could be used against them in a court of law.........if anything happens. THEY ARE AT FAULT. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is diffently NOT 2 people who need to be even NEAR the Whitehouse.......guards..........take them away.......far , far away...............

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Enough is Enough from Dallas, TX

    What is wrong with these people? How does Mrs. Stepford McCain have the nerve to claim "Obama is running dirtiest campaign ever"? Someone needs to shake this woman and tell her to "WAKE UP"! How are they able to just lie?! They are truly from that era of old politics...say anything, promise them anythingand LIE LIE LIE!!!

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Jay

    Amen! its appauling and flat out degrading!!

    October 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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