ABC Refuses to Retract Bogus Story


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

ABC News continues to refuse to retract their story by newsman Brian Ross who reported yesterday that House Speaker Dennis Hastert is under investigation by the FBI to determine his role in a public corruption scandal.

ABC’s Ross reported that “anonymous” federal officials said Hastert and other lawmakers are being investigated for possible connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

When asked about being investigated, Hastert told reporters late Wednesday that he had not received any notification from the Justice Department that he was being investigated as part of the Abramoff probe. He also told reporters to ask the Justice Department.

Officials at the Justice Department said that Hastert is not under investigation. In fact, the number two man at Justice stated unequivocally that Rep. Hastert is not the target of any investigation.

Hastert’s office calls the ABC report “absolutely untrue” and demands a full retraction.

But ABC is reporting on its website that the government’s response was intended to deny that Hastert was a formal “target” or “subject” of the investigation. They have continued to report that Hastert is being investigated.

“This is wishful thinking reported as fact by part of an out-of-control news media that’s almost constantly being ‘outed’ by bloggers for their bogus stories,” said Mike Baker, a political strategist for the GOP.

“ABC is pulling a ‘Dan Rather.’ They’re playing semantics. One ABC spokesperson said that they meant Hastert was ‘in the midst’ of the corruption investigation,” he adds.

Some critics believe the news media, in collusion with the Democrat National Committee, have a vested interest in keeping the Democrat Party’s talking point — a Republican culture of corruption — alive. The latest scandal involving Democrat Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) appears to trump that DNC claim.

“There sometimes is an incestuous relationship between the Democrat Party and members of the news media. They both have a common cause — bashing conservatives,” says political strategist Mike Baker.

“The people at ABC — consciously or subconsciously — think the Rep. Jefferson bribery case is gaining steam, so they come out with a story about a Republican leader being investigated and it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not.”

During the early stages of the Jefferson scandal, the story of blatant corruption and bribery wasn’t even on the radar for the mainstream news organizations. Bloggers and talk show hosts were the only people covering the story. It wasn’t until the FBI raided Jefferson’s office that they jumped to cover the story, and then the coverage was about the impropriety the FBI search.

On the other hand, a media organization such as ABC News is told by some low-level Justice Department employee that Rep. Hastert is being investigated by the FBI and they run with it rather than corroborate the story before smearing a man’s name.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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