Michael Gaynor
Missing seconds from the explosive audiotape played on "The O'Reilly Factor"
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By Michael Gaynor
April 3, 2009


Expect the whole audio to be available online by Monday, April 6, thanks to Ms. MonCrief.


When it comes to exposing bias and blatant news management, I'm all for it.

But the antidote to bias and blatant news management is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, not concealing facts, lying or...redacting a significant part of a message.

"The O'Reilly Factor" redacted part of the voicemail message that New York Times national correspondent Stephanie Strom left for ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief on October 21, 2008 and "The O'Reilly Factor" broadcast on April 1, 2009.

"The O'Reilly Factor," NOT Ms. MonCrief.

Through attorney Heather Heidelbaugh, Ms. MonCrief provided to "The O'Reilly Factor" not only the entire voicemail, but also extensive email correspondence between Ms. Strom and Ms. MonCrief.

In "New York Times Cover Up to Protect Obama No April Fool's Joke!", posted on April 1, 2009, I set forth what "The O'Reilly Factor" presented as a transcript of the voicemail, as follows:

"Hi, Anita. It's Stephanie. I have just been asked by my bosses to stand down...they want me to hold off on coming to Washington [to meet with Anita]. Sorry, I take my orders from higher up...ah...sometimes.

"Anyway, umm...I'm sorry about this and we'll still be in touch. Take care. And let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Take care. Bye-bye."

I noticed Internet reference to redaction and called that to Ms. MonCrief's attention.

Ms. MonCrief checked, discovered that there had been redaction, transcribed the voicemail herself and emailed me as follows:

"Mr. Gaynor,

"Here is the part that is missing. It was cut right after the 'stand down' part. I have been working to make sure that audio will be available soon. Thanks in advance for your time.

"'Ah, we're running a story tonight for tomorrow that, ah, pretty well lays out the partisanship problems that Project Vote may have, ah, based on a report that I got. So, ah, they think that going to do, — that's going to be the story about the partisanship issue, and so they want me to hold off on coming to Washington."

That story, by Ms. Strom, is titled "Acorn Report Raises Issues of Illegality" and was published on October 21, 2008. Here's a link: www.nytimes.com/2008/10/22/us22acorn.html?_r=1&oref=slogin.

Ms. MonCrief also reiterated to me that in a subsequent telephone conversation Ms. Strom told her that her editors wanted her to kill the story because "it was a game changer."

It may well have been and apparently those editors feared it would be.

But let the whole truth prevail!

Expect the whole audio to be available online by Monday, April 6, thanks to Ms. MonCrief.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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