Call to Boycott RTD: The failure to report on McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton DHS scandal is an untenable breach of journalistic integrity.

For the past two years the Richmond Times Dispatch has gloried in reported every detail of the drama that the McDonnell investigation and trial brought to the area, even throwing then Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli under the bus due to his very limited association with Star Scientific. This is understandable as it was a major story involving the ethics of a sitting governor and the grand jury investigation leaked lascivious details on a regular basis. It is the role of the press to investigate and report on the failings of government officials, especially the ones that involve integrity and ethics within the public sector. The Richmond Times Dispatch cannot be faulted, and perhaps should be applauded for its diligent coverage of this story.

However, it has now been two days since the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security concluded its investigation of a scandal that directly involved our sitting governor, Terry McAuliffe, then Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hilary Rodham Clinton, her brother Tony Rodham and even spread to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and then Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The DHS IG found:  “In three matters pending before USCIS, however, Mr. Mayorkas communicated with stakeholders on substantive issues, outside of the normal adjudicatory process, and intervened with the career USCIS staff in ways that benefited the stakeholders. In each of these three instances, but for Mr. Mayorkas’ intervention, the matter would have been decided differently… The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness and evenhandedness in adjudicating benefits, created an appearance of favoritism and special access.” Mr. Mayorkas’s described actions came from significant political pressure brought to bear from a variety of sources, and the chief beneficiary of Mr. Mayorkas’s actions was our governor, Terry McAuliffe, who received at least $42 million dollars in investments that he would not have received otherwise.

READ THE REPORT HERE.

The Scandal:

The McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton scandal involves an estimated $46 million dollars going to McAuliffe and Rodham by the selling of visas to foreign investors for $500,000 apiece. The scandal involves multiple major political figures involved including Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton, and centered around a leader atDHS, Alejandro Mayorkas who has since been promoted to the #2 position at the Department of Homeland Security, behind only the Secretary, as an apparent reward for his role in the scandal. McAuliffe, who refused to speak to the Inspector General investigators, was the heart of the scandal, dealing directly with Mayorkas to trade political influence for visas then trade visas for cash. Even though Mayorkas and his division fully understood that the rules in place to carefully vet the visa applications were for direct national security reasons, Mayorkas manipulated and violated those rules due to political influence to the benefit of Terry McAuliffe and Tony Rodham, brother of the former first lady and Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

This contrasts sharply with the relatively minor gifts McDonnell received and the fact that Johnny Williams of Star Scientific never received any actual benefit. If the McDonnell scandal deserved the hundreds of pages of ink that it received in the Richmond Times Dispatch, this McAuliffe scandal deserves thousands… This scandal is much bigger and the RTD is simply refusing to even report on it.

The only solution is to call for a general boycott of the Richmond Times Dispatch until such time as they centralize their political viewpoint enough that they can at least report the news.

The Boycott:

The Richmond Times Dispatch has simply ignored this news, shielding a Democratic sitting governor and presidential candidate in sharp and telling contrast to the dogged, constant and salacious reporting that it brought to bear against a Republican governor. Simply put, the Richmond Times Dispatch is officially putting its partisan leanings above major news. News which the public deserves to read.

This McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton scandal is simply bigger and broader than the McDonnell scandal, and the RTD’s failure to report is nothing more than a final confirmation that the paper has abdicated its role as a newspaper and transformed into a political advocate for Democratic policies. All readers, regardless of their political affiliation should let the Richmond Times Dispatch know that censoring the news that they provide the public for political reasons is a dire breach of journalistic integrity therefore all readers should cancel subscriptions, advertisers should pull advertising, and individuals should let the Richmond Times Dispatch know that we are outraged by their actions by e-mailing the following:

Paige Mudd, Managing Editor: pmudd@timesdispatch.com

Andrew Cain, Politics Editor: acain@timesdispatch.com

Jeff Schapiro, Politcal Reporter and Columnist: jschapiro@timesdispatch.com

Jim Nolan, Staff Writer and political reporter: jnolan@timesdispatch.com

Markus Schmidt, State Politics Reporter: mschmidt@timesdispatch.com

Todd Colbertson, Opinions Editor: tculbertson@timesdispatch.com

If you wish, simply cut and past the following into your email:

Subject: Boycott of the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Due to your inexplicable failure to report on the DHS IG findings regarding Governor McAuliffe’s and other politicians roles in the EB-5 Visa Scandal, I will no longer be supporting your newspaper. My withdrawal of support will include cancellation of subscriptions, non-readership of online content, withdrawal of advertising, and open encouragement of my friends and colleagues to join me in boycotting your newspaper.

I will consider returning my patronage of your services should you publicly acknowledge and apologize for the mistake made for you failure to cover this critical story that is central to the integrity of Virginia government. While I understand that your opinions section may espouse political viewpoints, news should be reported regardless of the negative effects it might have on a particular political candidate or party that you might support in your editorials. I am gravely disappointed by these failures of your once reputable newspaper.

Sincerely,

Please share this effort to boycott the Richmond Times Dispatch with friends and colleagues, as we deserve to have the news properly reported in Virginia


6 thoughts on “Call to Boycott RTD: The failure to report on McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton DHS scandal is an untenable breach of journalistic integrity.

  1. THe response I got back from RTD:

    Mr. George:

    We ran the story in Wednesday’s paper on the top of Page A11. The headline said: Report: Homeland Security helped McAuliffe, others.

    We reported on this issue during the 2013 gubernatorial campaign and will continue to report on further developments.

    Thank you for reading the Times-Dispatch and for sharing your views.

    Andrew Cain
    Politics Editor
    Richmond Times-Dispatch
    (804) 649-6645

  2. It looks like to me Bob McDonnell may have a bunk mate – Governor’s Row.

    Virginia blogs have been slow to cover this as well

  3. Thank you for posting RTD’s response. I feel that my posting still has merit based on the fact that their article is not available/find-able online and in the modern day having it posted online is the real publication as it creates a readily accessible record.

    Further, burying an article at the back of a section is illustrative of the bias that is the central point of my piece.

    The reality is that the lack of prominence and continued availability of the information in the modern media does not meet the standards of proper coverage of a story of this import on the local and national stages. $46 million funneled to our governor through political favoritism and intimidation that has been acknowledged in an Inspector General report should receive at least the same attention to borrowing cars, watches for Christmas, loans between friends, and shopping for clothes and golf accessories with no real quid pro quo.

  4. Only a an organized and effective boycott of a few of their big advertisers will have an effect. And the advertisers have to know it and be hurt enough to squeal. Anything less than that won’t do any good.

  5. This is a major story with serious potential criminal implications for a host of setting elected Democratic officials as well as the Clinton organization. The print and media coverage has been close to nonexistent in both progressive and Republican leaning media. The beltway closing ranks.

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