The McCain Story: News, Undercooked

Our policy is, we publish stories when they are ready. ‘Ready’ means the facts have been nailed down to our satisfaction, the subjects have all been given a full and fair chance to respond, and the reporting has been written up with all the proper context and caveats.

That’s New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, finally responding to The New Republic‘s request for comment on the Times’ Thursday piece on John McCain’s alleged inappropriate relationship with a woman lobbyist.

You can read the whole piece here, along with its 2,000 comments (and counting) from readers, many of whom question the Times’ decision to publish the piece.

Related: Looking for a McCain “scandal” story that’s a little more solid? Listen to this piece from NPR today on the G.O.P. presidential contender and a recent letter he received from the Federal Election Commission.

Update: Here, courtesy of MediaBistro, the latest commentary and questions surrounding the Times’ McCain story:

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