The New York Times, playing their role of Republican agitator to the hilt, has published a story “For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risks.”

Not to be outdone, The Washington Post has its own story “McCain’s Ties to Lobbyist Worried Aides.”

Basically, the reports suggest that John McCain MAY have had an extramarital affair, nearly ten years ago, with telecom lobbyist Vicki Iseman. Both McCain and Iseman deny the affair.

I’ll sleep on this before I say too much. But this smacks of consultant payback to me – maybe a ticked off opposition researcher loyal to Romney. Maybe a former McCain adviser in need of a job after getting the boot. But, true or not, this story has the stamp of consultant cum Machiavelli written all over it.

The timing: as good as it gets for McCain. Originally leaked on Drudge last December – it would have killed McCain in New Hampshire. Luckily, McCain avoided this story becoming the “October Surprise.”

Some will want to blame the New York Times. Some will blame dirty tricks. Truth be told, it may be a non-story since McCain & Iseman are denying the story – and always have denied it.

For sure, I will delve into the details on The Media Lizzy Show at 3PM Eastern / Noon Pacific (2100 en Paris!)

—Media Lizzy

Also covering the story:

Fausta’s Blog: Ed Hits the NY Slimes With Big Stick
Captain’s Quarters: Slimes at the Times