The Grey Lady was asking for it
Have folks learned nothing from the past 20 years? The Right Wing will attack any news story, news outlet, journalist, politician or individual citizen they feel is a threat to them. No amount of journalistic or personal integrity will prevent these attacks.
As my man Jon Swift says, articles containing sexual innuendo about political figures (especially if they're republicans) are so 9/10. It's just not cool anymore.
And, in yet another episode of What Digby Said, how can anyone seriously believe that Limpballs and the hardcore right wing fanatics he controls were not going to fall in lockstep to support The Mack sooner or later, anyway. Like this gross injustice finally broke their reluctance or something.
Yes, it is important for Major News Outlets to stay reality-based at all times. But it is also important for those who comment on the media to recognize very real historical patterns of behavior in the right wing.