Even if the SEC investigation had left a cloud hanging around "W" dredging up old news like that is a sign of desperation. Quite a transparent exercise for the Gore campaign that is supposed to be so far ahead.
Many folks share low opinions of some of the Times reporters who express their own opinions and package it as news. It is bad enough when they put it on the editorial pages, but content selection and slants are too obvious. In their defense, it is impossible to filter out personal philosophies when writing news near to the writer's core beliefs.