Why Iseman is Suing the New York Times

Lobbyist Vicki Iseman is suing the New York Times for $27 million seeking damages after a highly controversial article published in February suggested she had an affair with John McCain during the 1990s.

Back in February, I reported on the internal newsroom struggle at the Times that proceeded the article’s publication. From my piece in the New Republic:

What happened? The publication of the article capped three months of intense internal deliberations at the Times over whether to publish the negative piece and its most explosive charge about the affair. It pitted the reporters investigating the story, who believed they had nailed it, against executive editor Bill Keller, who believed they hadn’t. It likely cost the paper one investigative reporter, who decided to leave in frustration. And the Times ended up publishing a piece in which the institutional tensions about just what the story should be are palpable.

Read the full version HERE


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