Paul Sheehan is so very, very incensed by NYT criticism of John McCain that he has written not just a rebuttal but also a 54-point 10-page dissection of the NYT story. Is he trying to get published in the New Republic? Does he need the cash?
If only people like Sheehan had been so stridently outspoken when Judith Miller's stories were splattered across the NYT front page!
It's always hard to tear down an argument which has a shred of truth in it, because supporters of the argument will point to the shred of truth and ignore the rest. There are two shreds of truth in Sheehan's article: the NYT has crappy journalistic standards, and the article provides considerable innuendo without solid proof.
Interestingly, the NYT is already back-peddaling from the claims of an affair. But Josh Marshall is staying on the real story, which is not the sex but the lies and corruption.