You know, we always bust on these guys when they knuckle under to the Republican noise machine, so it’s only fair that we point out when they don’t.

Apparently, the New York Times isn’t intimidated. I don’t know if that’s a recent spinal development or just due to the fact that the Republicans have done so much damage to their own party that no one’s afraid of them any more, but here’s the juice:

Files and McCain Letter Show Effort to Keep Loophole

Published: February 23, 2008

WASHINGTON — In late 1998, Senator John McCain sent an unusually blunt letter to the head of the Federal Communications Commission, warning that he would try to overhaul the agency if it closed a broadcast ownership loophole.

The letter, and two later ones signed by Mr. McCain, then chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, urged the commission to abandon plans to close a loophole vitally important to Glencairn Ltd., a client of Vicki Iseman, a lobbyist. The provision enabled one of the nation’s largest broadcasting companies, Sinclair, to use a marketing agreement with Glencairn, a far smaller broadcaster, to get around a restriction barring single ownership of two television stations in the same city.

And it seems that everyone else is on this as well (already linked below).

Gee, John, aren’t you glad that you and Rush made so much noise about this story over the week? I mean, lobbying and the FCC: BORING! But now the story has legs.

Thanks, guys!

Oh, and the notion that Sinclair broadcasting, the company that ran FOX-quality smears on John Kerry as contributions-in-kind during the 2004 elections, is the one to snag John McCain on this is almost as much fun as contemplating Saddam and Satan as gay lovers in hell. Beautiful!