David Kirkpatrick

February 21, 2008

Scandal? McCain?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:52 pm

Hit this link for Reason’s Hit & Run response to the McCain scandal/firestorm set off by the NY Times story. It covers the bases as good as any I’ve found. The response isn’t a rabid, gleeful takedown, and it isn’t a rabid protective shell either.

The whole NYT article is full of flash and innuendo, and fairly bereft of substance.

This is the story Team McCain was able to kill a few months ago. From what I’ve read the NYT decided to move forward when it became clear other publications were going to run the story — one they’ve been sourcing for a long time.

Take that for what you will. Maybe the Times has solid deeper dirt they aren’t willing to publish because of tenuous sourcing, or maybe this is just as smoke-and-mirrorsy as it looks.

At any rate it’s a handful of pennies on the Straight Talk Express if nothing else.

(And no, I’m not the David Kirkpatrick involved in that story. To make matters even more confusing, there’s also an editor and contributor at Fortune sharing our name. All this is even more confusing when I’m wearing my business journalist hat. Doesn’t happen all the time, but I do it every once in a while.)

Update: Here’s more good stuff from Reason (with interesting links to the New Republic take)

Update #2: It looks like the story didn’t pass the NYT ombudsman’s smell test either.


  1. You think that’s confusing? You should have seen it when NYT DK was covering what was at the time called AOL Time Warner, where I’ve worked (at Time Inc.) for almost 30 years. Everybody thought he was me when he called. I always said at least he’s a good journalist so it doesn’t make me look like an idiot when people confuse us. This new article to which he was party, however, does make me wonder whether our name association could become more or a millstone. (He uses his middle initial D. at my request–we once lunched as I wanted to learn who was usurping my identity.)

    So you’re the guy who got the davidkirkpatrick.com domain. I always felt a dose of shame, as a tech writer, that I failed to secure it.

    How can it turn out that there are so many DK’s? There’s also the movie producer.

    What are your coordinates? Best -DK

    Comment by David Kirkpatrick — February 22, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  2. Thanks for the comment. It’s been a while since I’ve done daily reporting (mostly for the now-defunct — notice a trend, anyone — LocalBusiness.com.)

    Back then, many times I’d call a PR contact and get, “Hey, we just spoke a while ago.” I’d explain I wasn’t the Fortune “David Kirkpatrick,” but that I was with the XYZ (whoever I was writing for at the time) media outlet.

    Comment by davidkirkpatrick — February 22, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

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