Report: NYT set to drop another hit piece on Boehner?

posted at 4:02 pm on September 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via JWF, come on now. The Times wouldn’t do the Democrats’ bidding by dropping a salacious hit piece on a top Republican during election season, would it?

Or rather, they wouldn’t do it so soon after the last one, right?

Have faith in your media, my friends.

Insiders on Capitol Hill are buzzing about an upcoming New York Times exposé that will detail an alleged Boehner affair. Sources say the Times is looking for the right time to drop the story in October to sway the election, similar to how the Times reported during the 2008 presidential campaign on an alleged John McCain affair that supposedly had taken place many years before and that was flatly denied by the woman in question.

“Catching Boehner with a mistress is the only way to destroy him politically before the election,” a source said.

A rep for Boehner’s office said, “This is bull[bleep]. The American people oppose Washington Democrats’ job killing, so their desperate liberal allies are resorting to outright lies. It’s low, and it’s dirty.”

Indeed it is, but the whole rumor of a story being in the works is probably B.S. Even if it were true, does anyone seriously think it’s going to avert Waterloo, especially since most voters don’t know who Boehner is? Isn’t that the whole reason, in fact, that the White House abandoned him as the villain du jour in order to focus on Palin and the tea party? Besides, given the Times’s track record in this vein, not only would the story be met with oceans of skepticism but the idea of big media colluding with the Democrats to take down the GOP would only further energize grassroots conservatives. Even ye olde “hypocrisy” angle, by which Republican sex scandals are somehow uniquely newsworthy because the party preaches values, wouldn’t work as well this year in light of the short shrift given to social issues in the new Pledge. For the Times, it’d be all downside and no upside. So why would they do it?

Radical possibility: Maybe the rumor was invented by lefties with an eye to getting it out there in print and forcing Boehner’s team to deny it. There’s no story in the works, but claiming that there is — by the august NYT, no less — creates a patina of credibility for gossip sheets like Page Six to print the smear. I hope that’s the case, because if you follow the link, you’ll see that Daily Kos is already trying to confront Boehner about this. And if the Times does end up printing something, an awful lot of people are going to want to know why they and dKos magically ended up pursuing the same story. Maybe this is what Axelrod had in mind yesterday?


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NYT’s next story – Obama is bisexual.

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Actually, the boyz over at Hillbuzz have been talking for months over rumors that Barry and Kal Penn had a little sumptin’ sumptin’ going on and that’s why Penn was roughed up in a robbery (or was it) and left the White House….

Renwaa on September 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Hey, maybe the Times can “pull a Rather”. Did wonders for his career. Maybe it will pump up those spiraling readership numbers. I hear the Times is trying out a new method of getting advertisers. They PAY you to run your ad.

GarandFan on September 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

If it drops, the line of the day;
At least he isn’t accused of rape like Bill Clinton was. It was more like one of the Kennedy’s.

Ms. Couric, have you ever had and affair or sex out of wedlock?

barnone on September 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM

It may not matter so much in the general election, but I do think that Boehner will have troubles at home and in his state if there’s any substance behind it.

As to papers/bloggers waiting to drop bombs until the middle of political season, didn’t Drudge drop a (false) bomb about a Kerry affair in the middle of the Presidential campaign. (It’s not a newspaper, I know.)

Jimbo3 on September 24, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Renwaa on September 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

With the lenghts they’ve gone to protect Obama and hide any information which may damage him, printing that story is probably next to impossible.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

When in doubt look around the room and point……

Limerick on September 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

As to papers/bloggers waiting to drop bombs until the middle of political season, didn’t Drudge drop a (false) bomb about a Kerry affair in the middle of the Presidential campaign. (It’s not a newspaper, I know.)

Jimbo3 on September 24, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Did anyone care? He was already a wind sailing French gigolo.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Safest known Vegas bet. Will NY Times print story about Republican “affair” during election season?

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Boehner’s on Fox News Sunday this week.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Hmmm, nope, no correlation or coordination between Obama’s recent obsession with Boehner and the NYT/KOS having this story, nope, no sir, none at all!

LifeTrek on September 24, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Okay, so far the story is . . . that KOS says there is a story, as mentioned to them by “many” or “sources” but they have zero evidence.

So they asked Boehner about it and they can just “tell” by his reaction it must be true. Same with the alleged paramour – they can just “tell” by her reaction and her “no comment” that something is afoot?

That’s it?

Yet, if you look at the KOS and liberal/lefty websites they are already discussing it as a fact and how Boehner deserves this and blah blah blah.

Seriously. “many” and “sources” say so. No wonder those dopes don’t notice the tilt in their news. Facts? Who needs them?

ace tomato on September 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Yeah they did this to Livingston back in the day and he resigned because a) he DID have an affair and B) people actually gave a damn.

Aren’t we tired of moving our country in one direction or another because some guy acted like some guy? This year I think the NY Times and all these other Lefty kooks will find that care about the following:

The Federal government is too big and intrusive, it spends way way way too much money and the Obama Administration basically sucks. So the wave will wash over American shores no matter who had an affair or if they did.

JonPrichard on September 24, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Here’s my question, why Boehner? Are they trying to get him out of his leadership position? Anyone that fills that spot this year is going to be less friendly to Dems than he is so what’s the thinking behind this? It really seems to be out of left field and not terribly good politics.

JavelinaBomb on September 24, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Here’s my question, why Boehner? Are they trying to get him out of his leadership position?

Because it’s not fun calling the Republicans the Party of No when Boehner will get up there and say not just NO, but HELL NO (you can’t).

Boehner has what Obama doesn’t – he isn’t known for flowery speech or eloquence, but he will call a piece of sh*t just that. He’s a direct man.

ace tomato on September 24, 2010 at 7:21 PM

JavelinaBomb on September 24, 2010 at 7:09 PM

It puts the “bad” guys on defense. Remember the McCain adultery piece?

And typical voters need to be turned off. How would the left’s version of democracy work otherwise?

IlikedAUH2O on September 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Did anyone care? He was already a wind sailing French gigolo.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I don’t think he’s a gigolo. More like a kept man given his wife’s money.

Jimbo3 on September 24, 2010 at 7:27 PM

As to papers/bloggers waiting to drop bombs until the

middle of political season, didn’t Drudge drop a (false) bomb about a Kerry affair in the middle of the Presidential campaign. (It’s not a newspaper, I know.)

Jimbo3 on September 24, 2010 at 6:00 PM

That’s a really lame attempt at equivalence, even by your standards.

We have the paper of record publishing a story that they absolutely know is false about an alleged McCain affair from years before, a month before an election, and now possibly publishing an apparently equally bogus story about the House Minority Leader a month before this election, and the entirety of the MSM burying the story that they knew was true of John Edwards’ affair and baby throughout an election season, and you’re grasping at the straw of one Drudge “bombshell” lasting a single day about John Kerry?

notropis on September 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

JournoList, The Next Generation.

MNHawk on September 24, 2010 at 9:18 PM

JournoList, The Next Generation.

MNHawk on September 24, 2010 at 9:18 PM

It has that bad smell doesn’t it? Something has replaced Journolist, and the White House conference calls with bloggers are certainly still happening every morning.

We have all suspected an October surprise, is this it?

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM

The rage of the electorate trumps sex innuendo … any day it’s tried. Bring it on.

TXUS on September 24, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Reid has many pets.

29Victor on September 24, 2010 at 11:37 PM

gawd what will all the bird owners on the east coast do to line their birdcages when the nyt goes belly up?

if the GOP put SATAN up as Speaker of the House, it would still be better than the botox queen thats there now.

attack Boehner? YAWN! go for it nyt…. nobody cares.

maineconservative on September 24, 2010 at 11:45 PM

MSM – Main Stream Media

DPM – DEMOCRAT PROPAGANDA MEDIA

lwssdd on September 25, 2010 at 12:41 AM

MSM – Main Stream Media

DPM – DEMOCRAT PROPAGANDA MEDIA

lwssdd on September 25, 2010 at 12:42 AM

NYT’s next story – Obama is bisexual.

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM

========

Nah… Jayson Williams has been raised from the dead to write his next NYT story:

“President Obama can orally pleasure himself while standing up.”

Danny on September 25, 2010 at 2:11 AM

John Boehner is the second of 12 kids, lived most of his young life in poverty, and spent 7 years getting his college degree because he had to work 3 jobs to pay his way. He is an American success story who got where he is today the old-fashioned way, he earned it. So go ahead, NYT, do your dirty deed, your credibility is already shot because of that McCain hit, and your incredible lack of curiosity regarding Obama’s background. So go ahead, you will be preaching to the choir, because those of us who want the Dems out at all costs couldn’t care less.

oldoldbabs on September 25, 2010 at 2:44 AM

John Boehner is the second of 12 kids, lived most of his young life in poverty, and spent 7 years getting his college degree because he had to work 3 jobs to pay his way. He is an American success story who got where he is today the old-fashioned way, he earned it. So go ahead, NYT, do your dirty deed, your credibility is already shot because of that McCain hit, and your incredible lack of curiosity regarding Obama’s background. So go ahead, you will be preaching to the choir, because those of us who want the Dems out at all costs couldn’t care less.

oldoldbabs on September 25, 2010 at 2:44 AM

Well break out the freakin’ violins. You want an award for working?

Plenty of fools, scoundrels and malefactors and megalomaniacs of all political stripes have been born into a humble families and worked to become powerful and “successful.” Stalin, Hitler, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, Nixon, Mao Zedong, ad nauseam.

The fact that John Boehner spends half his time reminding us of his upbringing is reason enough to ignore him. Time for him to put down the tanning lotion and open a nice big can of STFU.

bifidis on September 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Saturday’s DRUDGE shows a picture of Michelle ma belle kissing another woman.

That’s good enough for me. I’m convinced.

Mr. Grump on September 25, 2010 at 3:45 PM

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