Shocking: More Weak Reporting From the New York Times

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Feb 28, 2008 10:21 AM
Did you know that there is major debate taking place whether John McCain is constitutionally permitted to be president?

Well, according to the NYT:
"McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office."
and
"whether he qualifies as natural-born has been a topic of Internet buzz for months, with some declaring him ineligible while others assert that he meets all the basic constitutional qualifications — a natural-born citizen at least 35 years of age with 14 years of residence."
But the 1,200 words or so in the story never actually quote a single scholar, analyst, political operative, editorial page or even a blogger who is making the case.   Perhaps there are bloggers discussing the issue, Democratic operative planting stories to take McCain off message, or disgruntled conservative activists just trying to cause McCain a little of the same frustration he has caused them, but the NYT doesn't bother to actually track one of them down and put them on the record.

Once again the New York Times shows its willingness to publish just about anything without even the smallest degree of journalistic thoroughness.  

The New York Times -- Spitball Journalism At Its Finest.