THE NEW YORK TIMES printed an unsourced piece saying that in 2000 when Senator John S. McCain, III ran for the Presidency he had what some aides supposedly regarded as a romance with a female lobbyist. McCain associates regarded the story as a hit piece. McCain himself, in denying the story, said he was disappointed in THE TIMES.
In fact, McCain can be thankful that the story first appeared in THE TIMES, which, by the way, is standing by the story but offering no persuasive supporting evidence. That is because conservatives, whom McCain needs to win in November, hate THE NEW YORK TIMES. Most don't just hate THE TIMES, they loathe that newspaper. They are disinclined to believe anything which is printed in that paper.
Dislike for the media on the part of conservatives and Republicans is nothing new. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, no conservative or partisan Republican he, was startled when, in addressing the GOP Convention more than 40 years ago, he had a throw-away line about not believing or taking direction from columnists and pundits who did not wish the Republican Party well. The Convention erupted in such spontaneity that Eisenhower almost didn't recognize what he had said.
That was nothing compared with what Senator Barry M. Goldwater said during his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Convention. There was a near riot when Goldwater gave it to the media. And that has been a consistent theme at Republican conventions ever since. If the nominee himself did not attack the media, someone else, perhaps a former candidate or a governor, would let the media know that media bias and agenda are not appreciated.