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New York Times Cover Up to Protect Obama No April Fool's Joke!
On October 21, 2008, ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief finally agreed to let me publicly identify her because she had received this voice mail from New York Times national correspondent Stephanie Strom (for whom Ms. MonCrief had become an unidentified source on ACORN in July 2008):
"Hi, Anita. It's Stephanie. I have just been asked by my bosses to stand down...they want me to hold off on coming to Washington [to meet with Anita]. Sorry, I take my orders from higher up...ah...sometimes.
"Anyway, umm...I'm sorry about this and we'll still be in touch. Take care. And let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Take care. Bye-bye."
In my October 22, 2008 article titled "ACORN Whistleblower: Obama's Third Strike?," I wrote:
"It had to be very hard for a 'progressive' who supported Obama to come forward.
"But before Anita emailed Michelle Malkin and me, she had been working with New York Times national correspondent Stephanie Strom, but what ended up published as Ms. Stromís ACORN articles were so 'watered down' that Anita decided to turn elsewhere.
"Yesterday, Anita advised me, Ms. Strom apologetically canceled a meeting for today and explained that New York Times policy was not to publish what might be a game changing article this close to the election.
"I think that should be in a footnote to The Times' 'All the news thatís fit to print' motto."
This morning (April 1), Bill O'Reilly having reported on ACORN misconduct and New York Times cover up the night before, I emailed Ms. Strom as follows:
"Dear Ms. Strom:
"Heather Heidelbaugh, Esq. recently testified before a House committee:
'The New York Times articles stopped when Ms. Moncrief, who is a Democrat and a supporter of the President, revealed that the Obama Presidential Campaign had sent its maxed out donor list to Karen Gillette of the Washington, DC ACORN office and asked Gillette and Ms. Moncrief to reach out to the maxed out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN. Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama Campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at the New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, "it was a game changer".'
"Please confirm or deny the accuracy of what Ms. Heidelbaugh said you reported to Ms. MonCrief.
"Thank you for your attention."
This afternoon, I received this reply from Catherine Mathis, a New York Times member of senior management whose biography lists "crisis communications" among her responsibilities:
"In response to your e-mail to Stephanie Strom, political considerations played no role in our decisions about how to cover this story.
"Catherine Mathis SVP, Corporate Communications The New York Times Company"
This evening Bill O'Reilly played the telling Strom voicemail on his program and reported that The New York Times had not made Ms. Strom available but had issued the same 'no political considerations" statement I had received.
That statement was an April Fool's Day joke!
On May 8, 2005, Ms. Strom inspiringly wrote to an inquiring student: "I wish, too, that we could do something to restore or at least improve the credibility and integrity of the [journalism] profession. Nothing troubles me more than the seemingly endless litany of stories about abuses by journalists of the trust they rely on to do their jobs effectively. Itís horribly damaging."
Covering up the truth about ACORN and the Obama campaign was a "horribly damaging" journalistic abuse.
Michael J. Gaynor
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