Outsourced to Matthew Yglewias:
A Real Story (Politics): Mark Kleiman points out that the AP's version of the of the [John McCain-]Vicky Iseman story has less [sexual] innuendo, but a clearer explanation of actual misconduct.... Basically, in exchange for money and freebies, McCain sought to intervene in a federal regulatory process in favor of a company that had provided him with tens of thousands of dollars in cash and services.... Now whether or not some guy gets to buy some TV station in Pittsburgh or not isn't a big deal as such, but it's an example of how dubious McCain's "straight talk" persona is. What's more, I think we can all agree that the subversion of the basic functioning of the federal government (see, e.g., US Attorneys scandal, FEMA, etc.) has been a major problem during the Bush years and we see here that McCain takes a Bush-like attitude to the integrity of these processes.
UPDATE: NB, thinking more clearly past my loathing of John McCain, the Times's effort to substitute [sexual] innuendo for making a straightforward true or false assertion is seems like a pretty shameful attempt to set up a Kaus-like presumption of guilt. If they have reporting they're willing to stand behind of a McCain-Iseman affair, they should publish it. And if, as seems to be the case, they don't have the reporting, then they shouldn't write the story.
Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?