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The McCain campaign is unhappy with the NY Times profile of Cindy (“Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In”) that appeared in last Friday’s edition, and one of its bones of contention is the fact that reporter Jodi Kantor attempted to contact a 16 year-old classmate of Bridget McCain’s via Facebook for the piece.
Here is an excerpt of the statement McCain-Palin spokesperson Michael Goldfarb issued shortly following the story:
“In order to assemble this barrage of petty and personal attacks, the New York Times employed tactics that are obviously unprofessional and almost certainly unethical. This campaign has obtained a copy of an email sent by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor to a 16-year-old girl and friend of Bridget McCain, the youngest of the McCain children. Ms. Kantor sought to dupe the unsuspecting minor by soliciting ‘advice’ on how best to approach the story, as if a top-flight investigative reporter at the New York Times would need the assistance of an underage girl in writing a hit piece.”
I think I’m not alone when I say that I’m sorta with the McCain camp on this one. I mean, how many times have you been approached by somebody who’s, like, a friend of a friend of a friend on Facebook, who seems normal and harmless in their profile picture with the soft focus, who acts like they want to be your friend and your friend alone and pretends that they’re interested in YOU and your “activities,” “interests,” and your “about me,” only to have them turn right around and flood your inbox, homepage, and non-existent and erronenously-named “FunSpace” with requests to join their pointless Blog Network or to buzz up their crap on the Huffington Post or to sign up for their massive Facebook group or their fucking Fan Page or their goddamn Cause for some buzzkill reason like preventing domestic violence or to attend the 800th voter event happening this week, before you say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and you go to said person’s Facebook profile, your hand hovering over the “Remove from Friends” button at the bottom of the page, thinking “Dammit, I’m a person and not just an ass you can rape with your shameless, self-promoting cockwand,” wondering if that person would really ever notice if you de-friended them and then what, would an unbearably awkward conversation ensue if they did and are you just an abnormally intolerant person or is this person you want to Remove from Friends really insane as you’ve convinced yourself they are and why are you even thinking about this junior high-shit at all in your thirties when you could be spending your time finding a stronger Retinol product to combat the ever-deepening laugh lines (or smoker’s lines, whatever) on your face and finding ways to introduce more fiber into your red meat-heavy diet?
So, sure, getting bugged on Facebook by strangers is, in brief, annoying. But is it “almost certainly unethical”?
Filed under: Bridget McCain, Cindy McCain, Ethical Journalism, Facebook, Facebook Friends, John McCain, Mothers, New York Times Cindy McCain Profile, Remove From Friends, Shameless Self-Promoting Cockwands