Sen. McCain Calls ‘Wash Post’ Article on Him ‘Worst Hit Job’ Ever

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By: E&P Staff

John Solomon, who recently joined the political reporting staff at The Washington Post, from The Associated Press has been widely criticized by liberal bloggers in recent months for what they considered unfair stories on Sen. Harry Reid and former Sen. John Edwards. Now he is under attack from a leading Republican — Sen. John McCain.

McCain lashed back today at the Post, telling CNN the article is “worst hit job that has ever been done in my entire political career.”

He denied he planned to raise or use any money from independent non-profit “527” groups, as alleged in the article.

Solomon observed in his front page Sunday article:

“In his early efforts to secure the support of the Republican establishment he has frequently bucked, McCain has embraced some of the same political-money figures, forces and tactics he pilloried during a 15-year crusade to reduce the influence of big donors, fundraisers and lobbyists in elections. That includes enlisting the support of Washington lobbyists as well as key players in the fundraising machine that helped President Bush defeat McCain in the 2000 Republican primaries.”

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CORRECTION: The original version of this story contained a description of something McCain criticized in the Solomon article — that did not actually appear in the Solomon article. That has been removed from the above story.

The Post itself ran a correction concerning the headline on the Solomon story on Tuesday: “The headline on a Feb. 11 article about Sen. John McCain?s fundraising, ‘McCain Taps Cash He Sought to Limit,’ was misleading. As was clear in the story, McCain is seeking contributions for his presidential campaign from donors who once contributed ‘soft’ money or who contributed to nonprofit political groups known as 527s, not from the groups themselves.”

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To read Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bill Hamilton’s letter to E&P about this article, click here.



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