December 31st, 2008
01:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Lobbyist linked to McCain sues NY Times

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. james in s.c.

    hrmph....mistaken identidy, thats Cindy right?? poor John 72 years old and can't tell the difference. all i have to say is ... no wonder!

    December 31, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Eddie Baker

    You also have to remember McCain`s Character . He left his first Trophy wife because she had a car accident and no longer was Sexy to him She was a Model . Oh my she gained weight >>>>
    War hero or not that doesn`t make him a Good person .He had no choice in being a prisoner .Every Human tries to survive ......
    He replaced his first wife with a sexier and richer wife >>>>

    December 31, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Newport News, VA

    My gosh this chick needs some sun. She needs to be in Oahu with the Obamas.

    December 31, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Brad - California

    Another lobbyist? Who cares? She looks like she may have lobbied for the Hookers Union though.

    December 31, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Independent

    Every one should know by now that New York Times has become Obama Times in 2008 including MSMBC and CNN.

    Good luck CNN, my whole family don't want to watch news on your net work anymore except Lou Dobb!

    December 31, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. John Anthony

    She is a REAL gold-digger! What a piece of work.

    December 31, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Change. You're wrong. If it had been a Democrat the left wing media wouldn't have researched it, they wouldn't even print it. Remember, it took the National Inquirer to break the Edwards story. The MSM never eats their own young (other liberals).

    December 31, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Greg, NH

    It looks like Texas Teacher is without a job so she is writing here stupid liberal agenda. If NYT goes bankrupt, Barack will bail them out because he like sot have these liberal newspapers around him for publicity. His Government will take of everything.

    December 31, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Really

    Get as much money as you can from them. Hopefully you can bankrupt them. Wait, dont do that. The government will probably bail them out.

    December 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Larry in Houston

    Give 'em Hell, Texas Teacher !
    Give 'em Hell !

    Larry C
    Houston, Texas

    December 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. chuck


    December 31, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. double standard

    Actually i read it, i was forced to every day for an entire semester. You seem my ultra liberal journalism professor required it instead of a text book. Which made me quickly change my major once i saw the state that jounalism in the country was headed to. And that was 8 years ago..... Sorry to burst your bubble but many of us think on our own without the help of "Rush" By the way have YOU ever listened to HIM?

    December 31, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The NY Times attack on this woman and many other people without getting the facts first and the medias obvius bias in the last 8 years is why Jounalist are down there with Lawyers and Politicians on the lack of integrity

    December 31, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Terry in Lakeland, FL said, "When did McCain cheat, it's a well known fact that he LEFT his wife when he started teh relationship. You have no facts, then again libs enver have facts they don't seem to need them."

    Honey, you need to get your facts straight. McCain cheated on his first wife with numerous women, not just Cindy. You can read a lot of information provided by the men who served in the military with him. Then, after his return, he began an affair with Cindy, while still married to his first wife. You can check that out too. Pres. Reagan and his wife were very upset with McCain for this affair. McCain and his first wife were still living together while he was carrying on his affair.

    As a note – until the divorce is final, you are still married and sleeping with another woman IS an affair.

    December 31, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. chuck


    December 31, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Denise

    This should be interesting. Where is McCain's denial of the NYT story?

    December 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Terry

    So the story is that McCain's campaign aides thought he was having an affair with this lobbyist. The aides are not mentioned by name that I can find. This is just gossip. It is the cheapest shot in journalism: to claim that you are not repeating gossip, you are reporting that certain anonymous people believe some gossip – which is then repeated in detail. Whether it is true or not is irrelevant. The paper that reported it didn't care, McCain's staffers didn't care, and I certainly don't care. A roll in the hay is not anybody's business and its not news. Not having an affair is also not anybody's business and its not news either.

    December 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Paul in SC

    NYT will print anything w/o checking it out. Even an e-mail from the Mayor of Paris...and then beg forgiveness.

    December 31, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. timothy

    You must be confusing Republicans with Barney frank.

    December 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Chris in MN

    She should sue John McCain.....he probably leaked the story to the Times. He wanted everyone to think he's this spunky 72 yr old guy. A true playa.... Who do think took this picture of her in the evening gown???? It looks like a short person was taking the picture. Wake -up America!!!

    December 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Larry

    What a joke

    Another loser looking for a free ride

    The Times only reported what was already known

    December 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. bushisuseless

    Poor loser republican they just can't accept that their moral issue is as much as or even worse than the charge they trying to nail Clinton with. Sorry but I do believed that the New York Times has a legitimate evidence since they are standing up to their story. I can't wait for her lawsuit. I hope it's an open hearing so we'll hear the dirty stuff. As for John Mcain he's much more worse than Bill Clinton cause Bill never left Hillary when she needed him most.

    December 31, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Gordon Shumway

    Hopefully, their loss in the lawsuit will cause the NYT to go bankrupt and thus their demise. What a pity....................................

    December 31, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Dawn

    Just another money grubbing Republican trying to make a fast buck.

    December 31, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Sue

    Cheaters cheat. McCain cheated when married to wife#1, and it's no surprise he cheated when married to wife #2. This woman and #2 are almost why is this news?

    Oh, right...she wants MONEY. Sigh...that's SO last season...

    December 31, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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