NY Slimes admits it was late on Van Jones and ACORN stories

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by drjekyllus, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/27/opinion/27pubed.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=late&st=cse

    Tuning In Too Late

    Published: September 26, 2009
    ON Sept. 12, an Associated Press article inside The Times reported that the Census Bureau had severed its ties to Acorn, the community organizing group. Robert Groves, the census director, was quoted as saying that Acorn, one of thousands of unpaid organizations promoting the 2010 census, had become “a distraction.”

    What the article didn’t say — but what followers of Fox News and conservative commentators already knew — was that a video sting had caught Acorn workers counseling a bogus prostitute and pimp on how to set up a brothel staffed by under-age girls, avoid detection and cheat on taxes. The young woman in streetwalker’s clothes and her companion were actually undercover conservative activists with a hidden camera.

    It was an intriguing story: employees of a controversial outfit, long criticized by Republicans as corrupt, appearing to engage in outrageous, if not illegal, behavior. An Acorn worker in Baltimore was shown telling the “prostitute” that she could describe herself to tax authorities as an “independent artist” and claim 15-year-old prostitutes, supposedly illegal immigrants, as dependents.

    But for days, as more videos were posted and government authorities rushed to distance themselves from Acorn, The Times stood still. Its slow reflexes — closely following its slow response to a controversy that forced the resignation of Van Jones, a White House adviser — suggested that it has trouble dealing with stories arising from the polemical world of talk radio, cable television and partisan blogs. Some stories, lacking facts, never catch fire. But others do, and a newspaper like The Times needs to be alert to them or wind up looking clueless or, worse, partisan itself.
  2. Hey Pubix, how does it feel to know that you are so far to the left that the New York Slimes disagrees with you?
  3. the only way to get mainstream media to 'report' a story is to prove to them that everyone already knows about it through alternative media, and that to continue not reporting it only makes their censorship more obvious

    then, they will 'admit' the news, rather than report it