The New York Times fired back at MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, after the “Morning Joe” host used his Wednesday morning program to mock The New York Times’ decision to allot so much coverage to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s personal finances.
His major point of contention was that Romney was facing scrutiny — including an 1,800-word spread about Romney’s La Jolla, Calif. home and his neighbors’ disapproval — while 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry escaped scrutiny.
Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha, however, told The Daily Caller that’s not the case.
“The New York Times provided extensive coverage of Senator John Kerry and his wife Theresa Heinz’s finances during the senator’s bid for the presidency,” Rhoades Ha said. “To suggest otherwise is simply not true.”
She pointed to multiple examples of the Times’ coverage of Kerry’s wealth during the 2004 presidential campaign to back her point up.
- 3/19/04 – Amid Natural Splendor in Idaho, a Weary Kerry Gets Away From It All
- 7/7/04 – THE 2004 ELECTION: THE WEALTH FACTOR; Democrats Field a Pair of Very Well-Heeled Running Mates
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- 10/10/04 – Wealth of Others Helped to Shape Kerry’s Life
- 10/16/04 – Kerry’s Wife Releases Part of Her 2003 Income Tax Return
During the “Morning Joe” segment in question, co-host Willie Geist did point to one Times article along those same lines.