14 August 2005

Error Amerika Scandal Hits MSM

Michelle Malkin has been reporting since the scandal broke about the MSM's opposition to reporting the story. For those of you who may not be aware of this scandal, I will re-cap. The Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club of the Bronx has been under investigation for illegally redirecting public grant monies to liberal talk radio network Air America. From the Washington Times:

Robin Hood and Air America


Did Al Franken's liberal radio network Air America divert city money for the elderly and inner-city children to itself? That's the question people should be asking this week after the revelation that the New York Department of Investigation is looking into whether hundreds of thousands of dollars were illegally transferred from a Bronx community center to Air America. Only a community paper and a few Internet bloggers seem interested in what could be an egregious case of illegal funneling of tax dollars to a private, partisan organization.
In late June, city officials designated the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization that runs mentoring programs for children and day care for Alzheimer's patients, a "non-responsible city contractor." Investigators found "significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various City agencies." The city subsequently suspended the club's contracts, which run well into the millions.
Since the story broke, the New York Times had refused to run anything about the investigation until August 11th. This story has been all over the sphere for 15 days but the mouth piece of Air America stayed curiously silent. So apparently according to their motto, the scandal hasn't been fit to print, until now. Michelle Malkin reports:

After 15 days of silence, the New York Times has filed a thin little report on the Air Scamerica/Air Enron fiasco. But you need a magnifying glass to find it. Go the the NYTimes.com homepage. Nothing there. Click over the National section. Nothing there. Find your way to the NY/Region section. Scroll way down past the featured stories.

Aha! There it is:

Bronx Boys Club's Finances Investigated

The article is a rehash of everything blogs and a sprinkling of MSM outlets have already reported. Underwhelming. Entirely expected. And wholly inadequate given the paper's massive previous coverage of Air America.


According to Emily Gest, a spokeswoman for the New York City Dept. of Investigation, the "transcript" of Al Franken's remarks cited by the New York Times in this article apparently does not exist. "There is no official transcript," Gest informed me. "You should expect to see a correction in the Times." As I noted last night, the Franken quote reported by the Times differs from what Franken said here. I've sent e-mails to the Times asking them to explain the discrepancy. Stay tuned.


In related news, the Associated Press finally moved a story about the scandal. The article appears in Newsday, which has ignored the story until now. Like the Times, AP simply rehashes what blogs and a few MSM outlets have already reported; there's no new information. At least AP got the Franken quote right.

Update: Brian Maloney provides a thorough analysis of the AP article.

And now FoxNews Channel has featured this story on Sunday's Fox Report. dKOS is probably drowning in his own tears this day. Good! Blogger's 1st Amendment Pledge If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules.


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