November 3, 2012 www.nomorefakenews.com
The latest reporter to dismiss the crimes of the NO ON 37 forces is Stephanie Strom of the NY Times. She’s tweeting. That’s right. The Times has hit rock bottom. Why don’t they just close their doors and fumigate the building?
Strom’s tweets are posted at her Muck Rack page: http://muckrack.com/ssstrom
In yesterday’s YES ON 37 press conference, the right of California citizens to know whether their food is genetically engineered was undermined by reporters who kept whining and complaining about whether the DOJ was really investigating the NO ON 37 forces for fraud.
Was it an investigation or only a modest concern? Was it an inquiry? Was it just a returned phone call? Can six million angels dance on the head of a pin or only 5,999,999?
At the press conference, the YES ON 37 people raised legitimate concerns about fraud and felonies in the NO ON 37 ads. Among the concerns: NO ON 37 was illegally using the FDA seal to impart a false legitimacy to false statements.
But the reporters at the press conference didn’t care about that complaint. It wasn’t interesting to them. They only cared about whether the DOJ had opened an official investigation of NO ON 37.
So here is NY Times reporter Stephanie Strom tweeting the word of God yesterday.
Tweet One: “Yes on Prop 37 folks say they’ve heard the DOJ is pursuing a ‘criminal investigation’ of complaints.”
Tweet Two: “Oops—Yes on 37 say DOJ in [sic] investigating use of FDA seal by No on 37. It’s been a long week.”
Tweet Three: “So it’s not an ‘investigation’ at all. Beware of hyperbole.”
Well, that takes care of that. No official investigation, so who cares? No story there at all.
Doesn’t matter that NO ON 37 people are lying in their ads, are using the FDA seal illegally, which is a felony. Doesn’t matter that NO ON 37 people lied to voters in the California Voter’s Guide by making intentionally false statements, another felony. Doesn’t matter that NO ON 37 people attributed statements to organizations, which those organizations say they never made. Who cares?
That’s not a story. The only story is whether the DOJ has opened a criminal investigation into NO ON 37.
That’s on the order of: “Look, the Justice Department denies Nixon was covering up anything, so there’s no story.”
“Eric Holder, the Attorney General, says the DOJ didn’t do anything wrong in Operation Fast&Furious, so forget about the story.”
“Janet Reno, the Attorney General, says every possible caution was taken at the Waco compound, so that’s that. End of story.”
Here’s what happened. Joe Sandler, lawyer for YES ON 37, got a phone call from an FBI agent, Jason Jones, a few days ago. Jones was following up on a complaint that had been lodged with the DOJ. The complaint laid out, chapter and verse, the lies the NO ON 37 forces had engaged in.
Sandler took this as a sign that the DOJ was investigating. But technically speaking, he was a bit off the mark. Who cares? Sandler basically had it right.
However, for eminent reporters, like Stephanie Strom, this was the end of it. No story. Move along, nothing to see. “Beware of hyperbole,” she writes.
I’m afraid not. “Beware of the NY Times. Beware of reporters for the Times who can’t see past their Twitter accounts.”
You can read my piece on the whole YES ON 37 press-conference fiasco here. It’s a bit more substantive than a tweet.
But I can tweet, too. How about this? “DOJ should open full-blown criminal probe into NO ON 37 but refuses to.”
Or “DOJ fails again. NO ON 37 criminals free as birds.”
Or “NO ON 37 forces steal FDA seal to lie in their ads. It’s a felony.”
I didn’t attend journalism school and I don’t write for the NY Times. Therefore, I know my tweets signal a much bigger story than “YES ON 37 said DOJ started an investigation but that was sort of wrong.”
Here is a link re the complaint against NO ON 37 filed with the DOJ:
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