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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Why Did the New York Times Ignore the Ratner-ACORN Loan?

Right-leaning journos, rallied by Bill O'Reilly, have lately returned to a story from late last year, citing evidence that New York Times higher-ups ordered a reporter to cease her inquiries into the relationship between the Obama campaign and ACORN.

What's the AY connection? Web journalist Warner Todd Huston (whose metier seems to be skewering the left) posted a story this week suggesting that another motivation for the Times moving off the story was a desire not to embarrass business partner Forest City Ratner. 

FCR granted a $1.5 million loan to ACORN in the midst of an ACORN financial scandal which coincided with the ACORN/Obama flap.  While the Times reported another anonymous bail-out donation to ACORN, the FCR loan was never mentioned, although it was potentially more newsworthy: ACORN was a signatory of the original Community Benefits Agreement and has continued to be a vocal supporter of Atlantic Yards, even as the "Community Benefits" have gradually slipped away.

Norman Oder lays it out clearly in an open letter to the current NYT public editor, Clark Hoyt, and concludes thusly:
Apparently the Times considered writing about the ACORN-FCR loan but decided against it. That suggests either poor news judgment or perhaps judgment clouded by the business relationship.

As I’ve written, the Times has an obligation to cover Forest City Ratner exactingly. And when the Times doesn’t do so, there’s a role for the Public Editor.
By now, regular readers of Oder's work no longer hold their breaths waiting for the Times to respond in print to his suggestions.  Perhaps it will be different this time.  But it's worth noting that the Times itself is slipping further and further toward the financial chasm that is swallowing newspapers from coast to coast, and the newspaper would be in far more desperate straits without the FCR connection.  

The new Times building, in fact, is the only asset the company has that can dependably be leveraged to bail out the rest of the business. Last month the company raised $225 million to pay debt by selling 21 floors of the building; it still owns seven floors but leases six of them to a law firm. 

Perhaps there is an unspoken trade off at work in the Times'  coverage of Atlantic Yards: go easy on this story for the sake of a business-sustaining partnership, so that the newspaper can survive to fight another day. But that's a slippery-slope compromise that the Times' own journalists would decry if another media company did the same.



Posted: 4.10.09
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