Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sharpton Interview



 

http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/06/exclusive-sharpton-the-ny-post-shouldnt-attack-me-they-give-me-money/




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EXCLUSIVE — Sharpton: The NY Post Shouldn’t Attack Me… They Give Me Money!
Posted By Evan Gahr 
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On 4:28 PM 01/06/2015 In | No Comments
Al Sharpton says the New York Post should not have accused him of shaking down businesses because he also shakes down the paper’s corporate owner.
“SHAKE DOWN AL” screamed the Post’s Sunday front page. “How Rev gets paid not to cry ‘racism!’”
The story ripped Sharpton for going easy on companies who donate to his National Action Network.
But in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Sharpton’s central defense was that News Corp — the company that owns the New York Post — also fills his coffers.
“I am not going to let them get around the fact that their company has been involved, has donated money, had us on their board of diversity.”
“Why are they doing it?” he asked. “Are they being shaken down?”
The plucky tabloid’s story said that, “For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.”
According to the Post, “Companies have long gotten in line to pay Sharpton. Macy’s and Pfizer have forked over thousands to NAN, as has General Motors.”
Now, the reverend is positioning for a new race hustle, the Post suggested.
The New York Post reported that Al Sharpton gets paid to not attack companies. (Cover via NYPost.com)
When Sharpton met last month with Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal to discuss her racially coarse comments about Barack Obama in leaked emails, he left the door wide open for a donation.
“Sharpton notably did not publicly assert his support for Pascal after the meeting—what observers say seems like a typical Sharpton ‘shakedown’ in the making,” the Post noted. “Pay him in cash or power, critics say, and you buy his support or silence.”
In fact, after his meeting with Pascal, Sharpton told reporters “the jury is still out on where we go” with her.
The famously loquacious reverend hung up when TheDC asked if he would rule out hitting Pascal up for money.
“I am not prepared to do anything but to say that Rupert Murdoch has given, through News Corp, money to us and that we’re on the board, on their, have been on their diversity board. I am going to force you to use the quote I give you because that is the only quote I am giving you.”
Sharpton called back moments later with more quotes, albeit interspersed with his fixation on the alleged News Corp donations.
But when pressed for detailed comment about other businesses that shower their largesse on the National Action Network, he threatened to hang up again.
“Let’s end this because you playing games,” he thundered.
Sharpton then requested , and received, permission to record the rest of the interview for use on his MSNBC show — before doubling down.
“I said to you in response to the article in the New York Post that one, there is no company that has said in any way shape or form that they had given a donation to National Action Network to stop us from calling them racist.”
The reverend seemed to find it exculpatory that a good chunk of the article alleged influence peddling, rather than explicit race hustles.
The Post cited allegations in a New York State inspector general report that Sharpton worked to grease the wheels for a donor’s bid to open a race track casino in Queens.
Sharpton lead the national “Justice For All” march in Washington, DC on December 13, 2014 (Getty)
The Connecticut hedge fund Plainfield Asset Management donated $500,000 in 2008 to a group promoting education equity, which then “funneled” the money to the National Action Network.
Plainfield was a $250 million investor in a group vying for a license for a new casino at the Aqueduct Raceway.
The Post cited a 2009 email from a consortium “member” that “Sharpton lobbied [then-New York Governor David] Patterson hard over the weekend on our behalf.”
“Tell me how that is a shakedown on race,” Sharpton demanded when asked about the arrangement. “That is their alleging someone said that I helped this guy cause he contributed to education.”
“That shows you how contorted the story is,” he continued. “Is there any allegation in that report or in the inspector general’s finding that there was any charge of racism involved?”
Sharpton then conceded he did discuss race with Patterson.
“I talked to, uh, Governor Patterson several times about the casino bidding thing—that I hoped that whoever he gives it to that they will, uh, commit to doing business with some of the minority entrepreneurs that are going to be in the area.”
“But I did not lobby him for anybody.”
It can take some pretty unfriendly persuasion before companies donate to the National Action Network.
According to the Post, General Motors rebuffed solicitations from the National Action Network from 2000 to 2006.
But the car giant finally coughed up the dough after Sharpton “threatened a boycott of GM over the planned closing of an African-American-owned dealership in the Bronx. He picketed outside GM’s Fifth Avenue headquarters.”
It is “absolutely not” true that the demonstration resulted in donations, Sharpton insisted. “GM, first of all, had given us money for many years [before that],” he claimed.
The Post also reported that Sharpton “targeted” Honda in a 2003 letter about the company’s supposed under-representation of black employees and managers.
“We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significantly manner,” he emailed.
But the reverend halted the “protests” once the company started to “sponsor NAN events.”
Sharpton insisted to TheDC that, “Honda had given us money before that [email] and since then and still does.”
He also claimed that the letter to Honda was not a “protest” but merely a request for information. “There was a letter asking for information. I can write a letter to the Daily Caller and say I want to know your diversity. That is not protesting.”
Upon conclusion of the interview, Sharpton warned ominously, “We will play what you write and play what you say.”
Sharpton’s communications manager Jacky Johnson refused to provide any proof of News Corp’s donations.
“We don’t release exact figures from any contributor, but News Corp has contributed for several years,” Johnson said. “They have been a sponsor at our annual dinner and awards program.”
“In 2014 Newscorp supported our events financially,” she emailed later.
Reached for comment, a representative for News Corp promised to look into the matter.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Exclusive: Washington Post Sued for Race Discrimination

Black Ad Employee Sues WaPo for Discrimination

So far mums the word around WaPo about a federal lawsuit being brought forth by a black advertising department employee for age and race discrimination. The news first surfaced in a story by Evan Gahr for The Daily Caller published Wednesday. It’s his first freelance story for the publication. He says there are more to come.
Lawsuits can be complex so we’ll boil it down for you.
The Plaintiff: a longtime employee, David DeJesus, 59, who claims he was abruptly fired only to be replaced by a younger, white man. DeJesus has an 18-year employment record at WaPo and has won awards for his sales performance. At the crux of the suit is the treatment of DeJesus by his Caucasian boss, Noelle Wainwright, who he alleges treated him in a demeaning manner that she did not extend to white employees. According to the story, “DeJesus was actually reinstated at the Washington Post early this year following binding arbitration required by the paper’s union contract.”
WaPo‘s defense from court papers: “Some or all of Plaintiff’s purported claims are barred because, even if the Post were found to have considered any impermissible factors in any decisions or actions with respect to Plaintiff, which the Post denies, no such decisions were motivated by impermissible factors and the Post would have taken the same action regardless of any impermissible factors.”
Noteworthy: The lawsuit states that between 2009 and 2011 WaPo fired at least 18 black employees over the age of 40.
The status: Discovery reportedly begins later this month.
Who spoke to Gahr from WaPo and who didn’t?
Gahr says he reached out to black WaPo employees such as Kevin Merida, and columnists Eugene Robinson Jonathan Capehart. He left them repeated messages; Neither Robinson nor Capehart returned his calls. Merida picked up, heard the reporter out and said he’d look into it. Gahr said Merida told him he hadn’t heard about the case and wouldn’t comment on it. He phoned Donald Graham at his listed home phone number but got voice mail. He also phoned Wainwright who hung up on Gahr when he called her. Finally, he phoned the outside Post lawyer handling the case, Jackie Jones, who told him she was not allowed to talk to him.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove Dubs Evan Gahr the Washington Gadfly

Evan Gahr, a former press critic for the New York Post, has written for almost every major conservative publication. His scoops have been repeatedly picked up by the Huffington Post, Page Six, the Washington Post and lots of other places.  He also broke the story of a sexual harassment scandal at the Family Research Council
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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Dean Baquet

was aghast that Washington Gadfly  would publish his home number, which was recently deleted from WhitePages.com--even though the New York Times published where Darren Wilson lives.

Baquet claims the two are not comparable because the Times did not publish Darren Wilson's home number.

Oh, gee. That's really exculpatory.  The Times saved Wilson from someone making threatening phone calls.  Instead, they made it possible for people to actually CARRY out their threats and off him.

Anyway, after much consideration, his phone number was deleted from this non-blog.  It would not have advanced the story to have every conservative freak in the country--and there are quite a few!--calling him at home.  Instead, the phone number was used to bait him into a substantive response, for the first time, to questions that the publication of Wilson's information raised.

Now, his rank hyporcisy is much in evidence.  I was determined not to let him hide between the Times spokesperson or the Public Editor.

Other stuff about Dean Baquet--

1.  He  stole this reporter's exclusive report about the dopey essay Obama wrote at Columbia--the only thing he wrote there that anyone ever obtained--for the front page of the New York Times.

3. He refused  to report that the Washington Post is being sued for racial discrimination by longtime black employee David DeJesus.  Even though he reports on race discrimination lawsuits against far less prominent organizations and businesses. In an email to Evan Gahr last year, Baquet dismissed the Washington Post lawsuit as trivial.

What is it going to take for the New York Times to cover DeJesus? Does he need to get shot by a white cop after robbing a convenience store? Then the New York Times can exploit him to cast aspersions on white people and  American society?

4. He refused to report that the Bush White House got a journalist fired from the Hudson Institute because he embarrassed Karl Rove.  Notwithstanding the fact that the Bush White House acted after they saw an article IN the New York Times about the controversy. (See incriminating email below).


 
Not to anyone following up on this. I am not a blogger. I am not a blogger. I am not a blogger. In other words, I am not a blogger. I have written for almost every major conservative publication. Most bloggers have not been paid for a single article. I was a press critic for the late New York Post editorial page editor Eric Breindel and a staff reporter for Insight magazine, sister publication of the Washington Times.

I only represent myself here. But given my record that should count for quite a bit. 


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Friday, October 03, 2014

Ben Smith's Diversity Fetish



By EVAN GAHR




It sounds like a great opportunity—if you have sufficient melanin. 


Columbia University Journalism School and BuzzFeed.com last Thursday breathlessly announced a one-year investigative reporting fellowship, with an $85,000 stipend, plus benefits. 


But only reporters of a certain hue were eligible for the program. 


"Are you an experienced journalist of color who wants to move into investigative reporting? Then apply!" Buzzfeed chirped.


The idea is to redress the heinous under-representation of minorities among the hallowed ranks of investigative reporters.


This is a horrific problem, BuzzFeed and Columbia Journalism School believe, because . . . well, that is not clear.


Is there a black way to do investigative reporting and a white way?

Were stories by Washington Post reporter Carol Leonning and Washington examiner Susan Crabtree about the Secret Service letting an armed, convicted felon into an elevator with Barack 
Obama somehow deficient because both women are white?  


Apart from the palpable foolishness of the supposed need for this kind of program, it also ran afoul of the law. Jeff Zuckerman, a high-powered employment lawyer, told dcgadfly.blogspot.com that the outright refusal to consider whites for the fellowship is “illegal.”


Zuckerman, who was chief of staff to Clarence Thomas when the taciturn jurist was EEOC chairman, said that, “You can’t just set a quota like this. They can reach out to encourage minority journalists [to apply for the fellowship].  But simply to say ‘no whites allowed’” violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 


I am white and Jewish. But I decided to apply to the program anyway.  Three letters of recommendation were needed and Daily Caller media blogger Betsy Rothstein, knowing how enamored BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith is of the Daily Caller and Tucker Carlson, generously agreed to write one. 

I also asked Smith if I joined a tanning salon would that qualify me as a “journalist of color.”  And reminded him of what Zuckerman said. 

Smith replied that my application would be considered.  And  the BuzzFeed.com announcement was amended to say the program was now open to to “journalists of color” and “persons of diverse background.”


But what exactly qualifies a “diverse background? Smith dodged the Weekly Standard’s inquiry and hung up on this reporter when he asked if being a white Jew qualifies as a “diverse background.” (Video/audio bellow)


video 

So questions persist. But they probably will not be asked by the rest of the media: diversity uber alles.

Zuckerman, the former Clarence Thomas aide, says that Columbia Journalism School and BuzzFeed opening the program to persons with “diverse backgrounds” is simply “code for saying, ‘we are not going to take any whites.’”

He said the exclusionary policy shows that universities like Columbia “are the last bastions of racism in America.”

Twitter:@EvanGahr

 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Capitol Police Arrested for DUI, Anthrax Hoax But Keep Their Jobs

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Lawsuit: Capitol Police Officers Keep Jobs After DUIs, Anthrax Hoax
Posted By Evan Gahr On 10:01 AM 09/30/2014 In | No Comments
Freelance Exclusive
    The United States Capitol Police has declined to dismiss a number of its officers who have been arrested for a range of offenses, including driving under the influence, assault and domestic violence, according to a lawsuit against the agency.
    All of the officers kept their jobs — after being suspended, placed on administrative leave or given light duty as their cases were adjudicated. In one case, an officer who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges was allowed to retire honorably.
    The allegations — which paint a disturbing portrait of the Capitol Police — are included in a federal lawsuit quietly filed last month by a veteran officer.
    Leonard Ross, who is black, was forced to retire after his ex-wife obtained a restraining order against him for “an alleged act of assault” at her home.
    But Ross believes the agency used the restraining order merely as a pretext to fire him. The Waldorf, Md., resident says he was actually fired for being party to an ongoing racial discrimination class action lawsuit against the department.
    Federal law expressly prohibits dismissing or demoting an employee for alleging illegal discrimination. Ross claimed that other officers who had more serious run-ins with the law or just acted inappropriately were treated far less harshly because none had charged the department with equal opportunity violations.
    Alleging racial discrimination as well, Ross said that none of those officers was black.
    Officer Victor Bryant was arrested for assault and given administrative leave from Aug. 14, 2009 to Feb. 7, 2011. He was re-instated after a one-week suspension.
    Officer Thomas McMahon was arrested for “entering a property with intent to damage.” He was placed on administrative leave for “over a year.” He then returned to work after a 30-day suspension.
    Officer Daniel Nutter was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving. After some light duty, he was fully reinstated.
    Officer Carlos Rivas was also arrested for DUI. He was put on light duty then assumed his normal job responsibilities.
    Officer John Erickson was also arrested for DUI and put on light duty before returning to work. He has “since been suspended for falsifying his time and attendance records [but] remains employed by the agency.”
    Sergeant Alicia Sullivan got light duty and then returned to work after her DUI arrest.
    Officer J.J. Pickett was arrested for “committing an anthrax hoax.” Pickett got convicted for lying to police about his prank — passing off a sugary substitute he left in the Cannon House Office Building basement as anthrax — but got his job back.
    Officer Larita Carney was given four to six months light duty for DUI, then charged with assault and placed in a diversion program. She is currently “working on background investigations.”
    Officer Roby Kennedy was “caught drinking alcohol on duty” and “making disparaging statements about Hispanics in a YouTube video” but “remains on the force.”
    Sergeant Dennis Bell was sentenced to five years in jail for distribution of child pornography but was allowed to retire and even given a retirement badge.
    “There is no reasonable non-discriminatory explanation why Mr. Ross was treated so differently than these comparators,” his lawsuit says.
    The United States Capitol Police have not yet replied to the complaint.
    But other police departments do not accord their officers the kind of gentle treatment that Ross alleges.
    The New York Police Department public information office told The Daily Caller that any cop arrested is immediately suspended without pay for 30 days.
    Boston Police Department Sergeant Mike McCarthy said officers are automatically placed on administrative leave with pay.
    Philadelphia police officers are suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.
    According to his lawsuit, Ross was hired in 1987. He had an unblemished employment record until he joined a 2001 class action lawsuit against the Capitol Police for historical and ongoing racial discrimination.
    The following year, Ross sued the Capitol Police individually, for retaliation and racial discrimination, alleging that he was wrongly denied a promotion to sergeant and subjected to unequal discipline compared to white officers.
    In 2005, his individual claim was folded into the class action lawsuit, which has since been repeatedly amended, as some litigants settled and others passed away.
    In 2011, Ross kicked off a series of events that culminated in his dismissal when he told superiors that his ex-wife, Capitol Police officer Felicia McDonald, was “having an improper relationship with a convicted felon” in violation of departmental rules.
    McDonald was suspended in May 2012. She “asked Mr. Ross to permit their two daughters” for whom he had physical custody “to reside with her.”
    Ross refused. On June 30, 2012 when Ross went to McDonald’s home and “collected” his eight-year-old daughter, the child’s 18-year-old sister called the police. McDonald was not home at the time.
    Thirteen days later, she obtained a “one-year Civil Protective order” against Ross “for an alleged act of assault,” which the lawsuit does not specify. He was barred from keeping a gun or having any contact with his ex-wife or visiting her home. But no criminal or civil charges were filed.
    Ross was placed on administrative leave.
    In August 2013, Ross resigned in lieu of termination and loss of his pension.
    Ross sued the Capitol Police on Aug. 15, 2014 in Washington federal district court for violating the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which applied the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Congress.
    TheDC emailed detailed inquiries about the lawsuit to the Capital Police Information Office, asking about the total number of arrested officers since 2009, whether any of the arrested officers provided personal security for congressional leaders, and its general policies on such arrests.
    Officer Shennell Antrobus responded: “The USCP does not comment on personnel matters or pending litigation.”
    Leonard Ross and his lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.

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    This is a freelance article. I don't represent any of the papers for which I write.  


    I only represent myself. But given my record that should count for quite a bit.

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    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    NotParody: James Clyburn says "sexting" is great get out the vote tooll

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/11/james-clyburn-recommends-sexting-to-c-span-caller-video/

    This journalist's exclusive freelance piece for the Daily Caller.

    I represent myself only.  Although given my record that should suffice.