Home
In this issue
December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 26, 2008 / 20 Adar I 5768

McCain's missing thank you card

By Ed Koch


Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A February 21st New York Times article examined the relationship between Senator John McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

The article created a firestorm by asserting, "Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself."

The Times quoting John Weaver, a friend and adviser to McCain reported, "He [Weaver] had "warned Ms. Iseman away [in 1999] because of 'what she had told people' that had 'made its way back' to the McCain campaign." According to the Daily News, McCain, when 'asked directly if he ever had a romantic relationship with Iseman, replied, 'No.' He added that if aides were concerned about the possibility of such a relationship, as the [Times] article said, "They didn't communicate it to me."

According to a February 23rd article in The Times, Ms. Iseman was lobbying for clients seeking to retain a loophole in an existing law that "enabled one of the nation's largest broadcasting companies, Sinclair, to use a marketing agreement with Glencarin...to get around a restriction barring single ownership of two television stations in the same city."

Reaction by McCain to The Times report on Vicki Iseman was swift. According to The Times, "at a news conference on Thursday [the day of The Times' first article], Mr. McCain "said he never had any discussions with his advisers about Ms. Iseman and never did any favors for any lobbyist." Later, he amended his statement, admitting that he had sent letters to the FCC on behalf of one of Ms. Iseman's clients at the request of Lowell Paxson, not at her request.

That letter, according to The Times, "contained a suggestion that a failure [of the agency] to act [on the application before it] would result in the possible overhaul of the agency." The language of the letter itself should be published, instead of our having to rely on the reporter's characterization "it contained a suggestion..." At the time, McCain was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and his position on the applicability of the loophole was favorable to both the Glencarin company and Paxson. The follow-up story by Stephen Labaton in The Times of February 23rd, appears to me to be flawless in recounting the Senator's actions on behalf of these two clients of Ms. Iseman. Concerning one of the clients, the Paxson Company, the Senator said he had not discussed the matter with Ms. Iseman, but admits that he did discuss the company's problem with its president, Lowell Paxson, and had sent letters on behalf of the company's application to the FCC "after meeting with Mr. Paxson." Labaton writes, "The letters Mr. McCain wrote to the Commission in the Paxson matter were sent in late 1999 and prompted the agency's [FCC] chairman to chastise him for interfering in a licensing matter. The incident embarrassed Mr. McCain then making his first presidential run because Mr. Paxson was a campaign contributor and fund raiser."

As for Ms. Iseman's other client, the Glencarin company, the Labaton article reported, "On Glencarin, the [McCain] campaign said Mr. McCain's efforts to retain the loophole were not done at Ms. Iseman's request. It said Mr. McCain was merely directing the Commission to 'not act in a manner' contradictory to congressional intent. Mr. McCain wrote in the letters that a 1996 law, the telecommunication act, required the loophole; a legal opinion by the staff of the commission took the opposite view."

The Times reports, "Ultimately, the FCC loosened the rules to permit a company to own two television stations in some markets."

The effect of the Times articles has been to strengthen McCain's position with conservative radio commentators like Rush Limbaugh and the right-wing blogs who rushed to McCain's defense welcoming McCain home and conveying, in effect, 'we told you to stay away from consorting and working with those liberals.' Had the Times not introduced the element of sex as a possibility in the McCain-Iseman relationship, it would have been on safe ground. The Times' own public editor (ombudsman), Clark Hoyt, on February 24th, evaluating The Times' original story, concluded, "And if a newspaper is going to suggest an improper sexual affair, whether editors think that is the central point or not, it owes readers more proof than the Times was able to provide."

The vast majority of Times' readers, I believe, doesn't care if McCain slept with a lobbyist or was otherwise romantically involved with her. They do care if a public official provided unwarranted or inappropriate assistance to the lobbyist's clients, which on its face, as described in Labaton's second article, he did. Regrettably, the second Labaton article did not undo the damage caused by the sexual innuendo.

Congressmen and Senators are often asked by constituents to pursue a constituent's claims with a regulatory agency. They do, and generally appropriately so. One of the first rules that I learned and applied during my nine years as a Congressman between 1969-77, was always to write in any letter sent on behalf of a constituent that the agency should respond "subject to your regular rules and procedures." Agencies normally would and should do that anyway. I don't know how they would respond to a letter from the chairman of a committee having jurisdiction over them, particularly over their budget. I suspect that the response and attention given might depend on the seniority and perceived power of the sender, as well as the morality and strength of spine of the chairman of the regulatory agency.

I'm for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. The bottom line is, having used an unsupported sex allegation, The New York Times handed McCain a gift.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Edward I. Koch, the former mayor of New York, can be heard on Bloomberg Radio (WBBR 1130 AM) every Sunday from 9-10 am . Comment by clicking here.

Archives


© 2008, Ed Koch

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles