I know we talk about the notion that the media is dishonest, lie by omission, distort, etc. The question is though, are they really at a point in which the truth has become irrelevant?
Think back to the McCain campaign in which the NYT accused him of having an affair. An accusation that was never substantiated and was denied vehemently by all involved. Now maybe he did have an affair, he would't be the first politician to do this. The point is, isn't there some burden of proof here? Should they be able to run a story that they cannot support?
Go back further to the George Bush 2004 campaign and the CBS Vietnam War story. This was not only a complete fabrication but it appears by all evidence that the producer knew it wasn't true.
Now we come to Boehner. Did he have an affair? I don't know and quite frankly would not be shocked, he's a politician. What if he didn't though? Do you think the NYT will care? Do you think they will care if this is untrue and ruins an innocent person's (the supposed mistress) life?
Finally, what about the notion of them waiting for the right moment? Does this once and for all dispel the myth that they are unbiased?