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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:32 AM
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Reid Accusation Debunked - Reporter has hard-on for Reid
AP's Reid Story Doesn't Add Up
By Paul Kiel - October 11, 2006, 11:10 PM

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) "collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years," the AP reports.

Except that's wrong. Reid made a $700,000 profit on the sale, not $1.1 million. Also, the story, by the APs John Solomon, makes it sound as if Reid got money for land he didn't own. But that's not the case.

Its not the first time that Solomon has published a misleading story about Reid. This is the third such story by Solomon over the past six months. Each time, Solomon has hit Reid for taking actions which might create the appearance of ethical impropriety. But because Solomon writes for the most powerful news organization in the land, these very gray-shaded stories pack a wallop. It doesnt help that on numerous occasions, he has missed or distorted key details missteps that help blow up his stories.

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http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001782.php
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:37 AM
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1. Isn't this just a case of Reid turning his ownership of the land
into an LLC?

Big woop.

Solomon can kiss my you-know-what. On second thought, I don't want him anywhere near that close to me. AP has no credibility anymore anyway, IMHO.
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Poppyseedman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:18 AM
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2. Reid story will grow legs because the media whores will think it's
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 05:24 AM by Poppyseedman
fair play to rake Reid over the coals to balance out the Foley coverage we have gotten 24/7

Plus when you point the finger of "Culture of Corruption" at your opponent, you better be clean as a whistle yourself.

Politics is a blood sport
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:33 AM
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3. Denny Hastert made 2 million on his land near the Prairie Parkway.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:03 AM
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4. Harry should sue the reporter ASAP and not allow himself to
be swiftboated.
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:24 AM
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5. Seriously. Does no one get fined for spouting obvious falsities?
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 11:24 AM by cui bono
So many wingnuts constantly putting out known lies, I don't understand how that is okay with the FCC and such.
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hijinx87 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:30 AM
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6. very clever. and very misleading. and quite unethical
$700K profit + the original $400K = $1.1M.

obviously, the reporter wanted to use an amount in excess of
one million dollars in his lead (which in turn usually puts it
in headlines in newspapers all over the country) to catch the
readers attention. :mad:

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:42 PM
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7. Odd, innit?
Reid, making a land deal wholly above-board and fully reported, gets John Solomon's attention. But Solomon can't seem to put one plus one together (let alone two plus two) to take a look at Bill Frist's self-dealing in his alleged "blind" trust or George Felix Allen's self-dealing in Xybernaut stock options. And if Solomon was just reporting straight news, he wouldn't have to fudge the facts to show that Frist and Allen are using their office for personal gain.

Makes you wonder about that whole "liberal" media thing, doesn't it?
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