Today’s NY Times takes aim at John McCain’s campaign chief for his alleged role as a lobbyist for Freddie Mac. The McCain campaign takes umbrage with the reporting.
Avoiding a full-on entry into the truthiness of the NY Times account, I will note that the article only quotes one person on the record — Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for the McCain campaign.
The following quote from the Times article speaks volumes:
The two people with direct knowledge of Freddie Mac’s post-2005 contract with Mr. Davis spoke on condition of anonymity. Four outside consultants — three Democrats and a Republican, also speaking on condition of anonymity — said the arrangement was widely known among people involved in Freddie Mac’s efforts to influence policy makers.
So, the Times spoke to six people and could not convince one of them to go “on the record.”
As the paper’s own ombudsman has said before, anonymous sourcing isn’t good for credibility.
Given their battered image, perhaps The New York Times should hold off on these volatile stories until they can find officials who are willing to emerge from behind the curtain.