It’s an amazing story about how stories are killed by major newspapers, a liberal agenda and yes journalistic malpractice. Powerlineblog has taken the lead in the blogosphere on this story along with Bill O’Reilly and we offer you both.
The story concerns a NYT investigation into ACORN that was apparently close to drawing a link between the Obama campaign and ACORN fundraising. The Times reporter Stephanie Strom had a source that was willing to provide records that established that link. But as Bill O’Reilly pointed out before and again last night … the Times spiked the story. Here’s the voicemail NYT reporter Strom left with ACORN source.
Sunday NYT Public Editor Clark Hoyt concluded his investigation and decided there was nothing to the story. That it was killed for good reason. Powerlineblog picks it up.
A key part of Moncrief’s story was that the Obama campaign had furnished ACORN with lists of maxed-out donors so that ACORN could mine them for contributions. In fact, Moncrief provided the Times reporter, Strom, with such a list that ACORN allegedly obtained from the Obama campaign. Hoyt does not dispute that this story, if true, was evidence of violation of the campaign finance laws.
So why did the Times pull the plug on Strom’s ongoing investigation? The story became public because a Republican lawyer named Heather Heidelbaugh testified, apparently based on information she got from Anita Moncrief, that the Times had been working on an Obama-ACORN story but that “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.'” Hoyt undertakes to show that this charge was false.
Powerline has since been in contact with Ms Moncrief and is promising a follow up to this story … the follow up the NY Times never did. I will keep you all up to date.