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Did the New York Times spike a "game-changing" story about The One?

Yesterday, conservative talk radio hosts and bloggers vigorously discussed a story published by Philadelphia's Bulletin newspaper entitled "'New York Times' Spiked Obama Donor Story":

A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a "a game changer."

Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted for the ommittee what she had been told by a former ACORN worker who had worked in the group's Washington, D.C. office. The former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee's litigation against ACORN, she had been a "confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom."

Ms. Moncrief had been providing Ms. Strom with information about ACORN's election activities. Ms. Strom had written several stories based on information Ms. Moncrief had given her.

During her testimony, Ms. Heidelbaugh said Ms. Moncrief had told her The New York Times articles stopped when she revealed that the Obama presidential campaign had sent its maxed-out donor list to ACORN's Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Moncrief told Ms. Heidelbaugh the campaign had asked her and her boss to "reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN."

Ms. Heidelbaugh then told the congressional panel:

"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."'

A little Googling turned up the fact that this was not a "new" story; it had been reported a week and a half earlier, as part of the coverage of Ms. Heidelbaugh's sordid testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. As you may recall, after Ms. Heidelbaugh testified, Rep. John Conyers stated that the Committee should further investigate the allegations that had been leveled against ACORN.

It's not hard to understand why this detail was overlooked previously. Ms. Heidelbaugh's testimony contained so many damning points that prioritizing them would be difficult. Included in her testimony was, among other things, the incredible allegation that over half of the voter registrations gathered by ACORN were probably fraudulent, since ACORN was satisfied with only a 40% accuracy level in the voter registration paperwork turned in by its volunteers.

And remember, ACORN has been tapped by the Obama White House to assist with the 2010 census, which it boldly wrestled away from the Commerce Department and now directly controls.

None of this looks good for The Grey Lady, whose editorial staff would have unquestionably rushed into print any story that could have potentially damaged John McCain or any other Republican candidate. Captain Ed Morrissey says:

The Times may claim that they didn't have enough corroboration to run the story. That didn't stop them from running a despicable hit piece on John McCain alleging a sexual affair between the Senator and a lobbyist, one which they eventually had to retract after getting sued by Vicki Iseman. They sent reporters to Wasilla to dig up dirt on Sarah Palin, but somehow neglected to cover her exoneration on ethics charges, as The Bulletin notes.

They also had reporters trying to dig up dirt on Cindy McCain by using Facebook to contact friends of the McCain's teenage daughter Bridgette. But apparently allegations of blatant election law violations by the Obama campaign and ACORN were too dangerous to report.


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Comments (10)

They had terrible candidate... (Below threshold)
MPR:

They had terrible candidate. We had a terrible candidate. Their candidate could not be what he really is and get elected. Ours was exactly what he is and couldn't get elected. They knew that and cheated. We knew they cheated. They knew we knew. They had the press cover for them. We knew the press covered for them. They knew it wouldn't matter after he won. They were right. It doesn't.

Ironic that Obama, Reid, an... (Below threshold)
John:

Ironic that Obama, Reid, and Pelosi have money to give ACORN, but the Pentagon has to face serious budget cuts...

ACORN will be the new SS. ... (Below threshold)
epador:

ACORN will be the new SS. Of course they need money more than the Pentagon.

Still on the voter fraud tr... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Still on the voter fraud train? What happened to the socialism/telepromter motifs?

jp2 if you don't see a prob... (Below threshold)
JimK:

jp2 if you don't see a problem with this then you are blind. It should not matter to you WHAT political party is involved: This is wrong on both ends. Obamaand/or his campaign staff never should have turned over those lists and the NYT NEVER should have buried the story.

If you were an honest person who actually cared about right and wrong, you would openly and freely admit that right now, without hesitation or qualification of any kind.

Are you? Are you an honest person, or are you just trying to say nasty things and score "points?"

It should not matter to ... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

It should not matter to you WHAT political party is involved: This is wrong on both ends.

But it isn't wrong to people like jp2. It helps his party win, so he supports it fully. There is no wrong or right, no rules to play by, just winning or losing.

Watch, he won't prove me wrong. This is either "trivial" or he'll try to divert the conversation, but at no point will he condemn this in any meaningful way.

Jim K...right on! Is this ... (Below threshold)
mag:

Jim K...right on! Is this the left's idea of the end justifies the means??? It is dangerous the media is this far up obama butt..very troubling. I trust the media as much as I trust obama and company...which is less than zero.
It is this type of corruption that ruins countries, not so much as ideas from the left or right.

If you were an honest perso... (Below threshold)

If you were an honest person who actually cared about right and wrong, you would openly and freely admit that right now.

And these are all the same ... (Below threshold)
419:

And these are all the same people including You jp2 that were all upset about the patriot act violating their rights. But if ACORN Obamas community organizing arm does it than its "We didnt cheat" "Bush lied soldiers died".. What a buncha brownshits You all are.

I thank God and the founder... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I thank God and the founders for the 2nd Amendment. I understand the 7th District Ct, has lifed the ban on fully automatic weapons. Looks like Tea Parties can not get serious. If this imposter stole the election, it may be time to see to his removal prior to him breaking the country. But maybe we should give him more time. After all he has proven so effective so far, unless you are a GM stock holder.




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