Sheesh, chill everyone. No one is saying that the article or the NYT is "white people are superior" racist. ScaryStuff, how can you say ease of the racial angle when you acknowledge that the attention Cain is getting is related to the fact that rich, white, mostly suburban readers can relate to her because she's one of them? That was the racial angle the OP was trying to point out.
I don't think the technicalities of Cain's performance or potential have anything to do with the NYT decision to cover her. The last article I read about a sports figure in the NYT magazine was about Eugenie Bouchard who hasn't accomplished a damn thing in tennis and, get this, is Canadian, not a New Yorker.
Ease off the racial angle please. First, the NYT is a business. You pander to your audience and advertisers, no matter what they say in journalism school. Again, Ms. Cain is from Westchester and her father is a physician in Manhattan. The Sunday NYT is: $8.60. Hence, your audience is rich, white, mostly suburban families. Mary is one of them. She's doing something exceptional. "People like to read about themselves," IS a quote from journalism school, and is also a truism, I'm sure, about the LRC audience. News organizations track the number of hits a story gets. If lots, expect more of the same.