The motto of THE TIMES is "All the News that's Fit to Print". This story clearly was not a story which was fit to print. Even Woodward and Bernstein, of THE WASHINGTON POST waited to be sure they had their stories on President Richard M. Nixon pinned down before they went to press. Editor Ben Bradley insisted upon it. Where was the Editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES asking whether this story was fit to print. Perhaps the McCain battle against THE TIMES will cause other newsroom editors to take a step backward and examine the credibility of a story the next time a similar issue arises.