Do you have an actual reputable source for this smear? Or is Drudge the best you can do?
Isn't it kind of ironic how Drudge was reputable when he was "breaking news" on Clinton and Lewinski (or Kerry and whatever that fabricated story was)... and yet he's not reputable when his target is McCain?
It's ironic that you think Bretts opinion determines whether Drudge is reputable.
It's actually NOT ironic that you either didn't read what I wrote, or misunderstood it, or simply didn't care.
I read what you wrote. What is your evidence that Drudge isn't reputable? I don't have any evidence that he is or isn't, but he gets tons of hits and I have seen the big news outlets all refer to Drudge in the past year. Your implying that when it's about a democrat that everyone trusts Drudge but when it's about a Republican no one does? First Drudge didn't break the McCain thing, he just pointed to it (which makes this whole argument irrelevant really). Second the McCain story is pretty minor since there is no evidence that he did anything but hang out with a lobbiest.
Now if I misunderstood you, please set me straight.
I never claimed Drudge broke the news on the McCain thing. The NYT did, as far as I know, and that was where I heard about it from in the first place.
What I said was that when Drudge smears a Dem, all the uber-righties applaud how great he is, how much he pisses off Teh Libr00lz, etc. But when he smears a right winger, they just say he's not reputable, etc. "Plausible Deniability" has even filtered down to how the rank-and-file do things these days.
Which, btw, he ISN'T reputable. He's biased hard right, as far right as Karl Rove, Rupert Murdoch, Bill O'Reilly, etc. He isn't a link source to news articles, although he does that as well. What he does is broadcasts rumors- many of his stories are simply smear headlines which link to a blurb, then say "story developing". Not by him, of course, since he wouldn't know journalism if it bit off his leg.
He just carries water for rumor mongers, as he did when he "broke the story" on Kerry's alleged affair with a staffer... who Drudge claimed "fled the country", but the real story was she flew to Israel because she was getting married there. Yeah... lots of journalistic integrity to be had there. He's simply a web based, politically focused, version of the World Weekly News.
But back on topic, something like this breaking was just a matter of time. McCain has been wading hip-deep in muck for years and years, so a story like this was bound to come out some time. He's been flip flopping on everything, yet the media chose to run with the "TEH MAVERICK!!111!" narrative.
There's also the story breaking about his wheeling and dealing with campaign finances, gaming the system, etc. What isn't being said, but is interesting nonetheless, is how many of the same people who worked so hard to smear him in 2000 are now working for him.
McCain wants to put on a public image that he's a real strong stand-up guy who challenged the culture of corruption, Mr Straight Talk Express, etc. The truth is that he's always been bouncing from one ethics lapse to the next, and even the people who work for him couldn't talk sense into him.