On Saturday, the New York Times published an investigative piece on Cindy McCain that delved into, among other things, her past addiction to painkillers. Responding with outrage, the McCain campaign called the article "gutter journalism at its worst" and released a pre-publication letter from McCain lawyer John Dowd that invoked Sen. Barack Obama's youthful drug use:
It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama. You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, Dreams of My Father. Nor have you interviewed his poor relatives in Kenya and determined why Barack Obama has not rescued them. Thus, there is a terrific lack of balance here.
In an interview with Fox News today, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani continued the assault on the Times, claiming that the paper has had unbalanced coverage of the two candidates and that "there shouldn't be two different rules for Republicans and Democrats." Giuliani, unprompted, also brought up Obama's past drug use:
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