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Liberals defend Marco Rubio against blistering New York Times attacks

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Georgia Republican Convention, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, Ga. Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls, Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the party gathers for its annual convention Friday. The appearances come as Georgia Republicans look to raise their profile in the 2016 nominating contest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Georgia Republican Convention, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, Ga. Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls, Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the party gathers for its annual convention Friday. The appearances come as Georgia Republicans look to raise their profile in the 2016 nominating contest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  ((AP Photo/David Goldman))

It’s not often that Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show,” defends conservatives, but that is what he did Wednesday.

Stewart became the latest critic of The New York Times recent stories attacking presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, for everything from having four traffic tickets in almost 20 years to having had a large student loan and buying expensive items.

"I can't think of a single person who would be bothered by this," Stewart said on his show, in reference to the condemning tone of the Times stories against the senator’s tickets and how he used money from his book to lease an Audi, and buy a fishing boat.

The Washington Post quoted some of the Times’ findings – which included announcing that Rubio’s wife had gotten 13 traffic tickets – and noted, sarcastically, “Outrageous!”

Rubio has somewhat turned the Times seeming hatchet job in his favor, mocking it in emails to supporters and the press, and even getting campaign donations because of the newspaper’s attacks.

Said the Post of the Rubio campaign: “Now, they've even got ‘The Daily Show’ on their side for the moment.”

Some publications cast the Times’ stories as elitist and gossipy.

“If the Times wanted to make Rubio look relatable to the average American—more like them than his potential opponents—they couldn’t have come up with much better than show he has had financial problems,’” wrote a Bloomberg News writer. “Rubio took out $100,000 in student loans that he just paid off three years ago; most of his opponents have probably never even seen a tuition bill. These are points in Rubio’s favor. People will like this about him.”

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