Thursday, August 19, 2010

Did Politics Enter The Editorial Board Room?

In yesterday's Times Leader the headline read Philly raid linked to Hazleton dredge project. When you read the article outside of political donations to the target of the investigation there is nothing to support the wording of that headline.

Since the author doesn't make the headline what is afoot in the Times Leader editorial board room? Has the editorial board crossed a line and injected politics into the makeup of its headlines rather than accurately reporting what really triggered this F.B.I. raid?

In today's article by Inquirer staff writers they point out that
A federal probe into campaign spending and two publicly funded nonprofits led Wednesday to raids on the offices of State Rep. William F. Keller (D., Phila.), the home of city Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew, and the suburban office of a prominent political consultant.

The FBI and the IRS are looking at whether money from Keller's political action committee was used for noncampaign purposes, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

Authorities are also scrutinizing finances related to two nonprofits: the South Philadelphia Area Revitalization Corp. (SPARC), a taxpayer-funded nonprofit established by Keller, and Friends of Dickinson Square Community Development Corp., a nonprofit linked to Mulgrew before he was elected a judge, according to a source with direct knowledge of the investigation.

There is nothing in that article to even suggest the raid was remotely linked to the Hazleton dredge project. There should be a complete retraction of the headline.

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