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No Virgins in the Gray Lady's Whorehouse
PJ Media ^ | July 4, 2018 | Michael Walsh

Posted on 07/04/2018 8:45:38 AM PDT by jazusamo

Just when you thought contemporary journalism couldn't sink any lower, along comes Ali Watkins, now 26, a reporter for the New York Times whose rapid rise through reporting's corrupt and partisan ranks includes stints at the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Politico. Back in February, Ms. Watkins suddenly became the object of official attention when the feds seized her email and phone records as part of an investigation into a prominent Senate staffer, James Wolfe -- the former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Democrat, of course. Then, in June, Wolfe was arrested and charged with lying to the FBI, which was investigating leaks from the committee to select reporters... among whom was Ali Watkins .

It turns out that Watkins had been involved in a sexual relationship with Wolfe for three years, although at the time of Wolfe's arrest she had moved on to greener pastures, including other staffers on the committee:

In December, before she started work at The Times, Ms. Watkins told the paper’s national security editor, Amy Fiscus, about her previous relationships with staff members of the Senate committee... Ms. Fiscus relayed the information to the paper’s Washington bureau chief, Elisabeth Bumiller.

Ms. Fiscus and Ms. Bumiller said in interviews that they did not feel her past relationships should be a barrier to hiring her , because Ms. Watkins said that Mr. Wolfe had not been a source during their relationship, and because she would not be covering the Senate Intelligence Committee. They did not go back to ask Ms. Watkins’s previous employers about how she handled her involvement with Mr. Wolfe, and Ms. Bumiller did not inform other top newsroom leaders of the relationship. Ms. Watkins was also interviewed by several other senior editors before being hired.

On Dec. 14, days before her start date, Ms. Watkins was approached by two F.B.I. agents with questions about Mr. Wolfe, a conversation she immediately reported to her editors in the Times Washington bureau. In February, however, Ms. Watkins received a letter that she did not tell her editors about: a notice from the Justice Department, informing her that investigators had seized some of her email and phone records.

A responsible journalistic organization would never have hired this little scamp, but at the Times, which is hell-bent on turning its formerly white male newsroom into a model of "diversity," being female trumped all other considerations, and is clearly grooming Watkins for bigger things. But now that the truth is out about how this particular reporter got her scoops, a responsible journalistic organization would have fired her.

The Times, alas, is not that journalistic organization :

Ali Watkins, the New York Times reporter whose email and phone records were secretly seized by the Trump administration , will be transferred out of the newspaper’s Washington bureau and reassigned to a new beat in New York, The Times said on Tuesday.

Ms. Watkins, 26, had been the subject of an internal review by The Times after revelations that she had a three-year affair with a high-ranking aide on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she covered for several news organizations before joining The Times in December.

The aide, James Wolfe, 57, who handled classified material for the committee, was arrested last month as part of a leak investigation in which the Justice Department also seized Ms. Watkins’s communications, an unusually aggressive move against a journalist that prompted an outcry from press advocates. Mr. Wolfe was charged with lying to the F.B.I. but not with leaking classified information; he has pleaded not guilty.

Ms. Watkins, who had been covering federal law enforcement at The Times, will be assigned a mentor and moved to a new beat in New York “for a fresh start,” the paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, wrote in a memo to the newsroom. “We hold our journalists and their work to the highest standards,” Mr. Baquet wrote. “We are giving Ali an opportunity to show that she can live up to them. I believe she can.” He added: “I also believe that The Times must be a humane place that can allow for second chances when there are mitigating circumstances.”

Bollocks. What mitigating circumstances? And why is the Times so hell-bent on protecting this kid? If Watkins had a shred of decency, dignity, or ethics, she would have resigned months ago -- and certainly right after the papers 3,000-word invitation to her and her boss in the Washington bureau, Elisabeth Bumiller, to leave. And did she? Of course not:

In a statement on Tuesday, Ms. Watkins wrote: “I respect and understand the Times’s review and agree that I should have handled aspects of my past relationships and disclosures differently. I sincerely regret putting The Times in a difficult position and am very grateful for the support I’ve received from my editors and colleagues here. I also appreciate the review’s conclusion that my reporting has been fact-based and accurate.”

Who said it wasn't? The straw-man defense has no bearing on the disgrace Watkin's has brought upon every institution she's touched, starting with her alma mater, Temple University, and landing on Times Square. Nor will the Times's attempt to distract attention from its very own in-house sex scandal by complaining about the Trump administration work, either -- although that's what they'd really like this story to be about.

The story of Ms. Watkins’s affair rattled Washington journalists and raised questions about prosecutorial overreach and journalistic ethics. In his 575-word memo, Mr. Baquet acknowledged the complexity and sensitivity of Ms. Watkins’s situation.

“As an institution, we abhor the actions of the government in this case,” he wrote, calling the Justice Department’s seizure of her records “an attempt to interfere with the work of journalists by an administration whose leader has called the media ‘the enemy of the people.’” Other Times journalists have noticed sources “clamming up because of this assault of on how we do our jobs,” he wrote.

But, Mr. Baquet added, “We are troubled by Ali’s conduct, particularly while she was employed by other news organizations. For a reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone he or she covers is unacceptable.”

Apparently not. But let's get something straight -- the First Amendment does not shield reporters from the consequences of their actions. When the government grabbed Watkin's records, it was acting in pursuit of a criminal case, not trying to implement the dreaded "chilling effect" journalists are always banging on about .

The revelation that federal prosecutors seized years’ worth of email and phone records from a New York Times reporter drew criticism on Friday from news organizations and press rights groups, which expressed outrage at the first known instance of the Trump administration’s pursuing the private communications of a journalist.

The Committee to Protect Journalists called the move “a fundamental threat to press freedom.” The Times, in its own statement, called the seizure “an outrageous overreach” and raised concerns about a chilling effect on journalists’ ability to report on the government.

Further, if sleeping with your sources is "how we do our jobs," well... there's a word for that, and it isn't reporting.



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The New York Slimes and Ali Watkins deserve each other, they'll do anything for a story as long as that story fits their leftist agenda.
1 posted on 07/04/2018 8:45:38 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
Shouldn't she be screaming at the sky?


2 posted on 07/04/2018 8:50:13 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: SaveFerris

I can’t help it, but whenever I see someone with one of those nose studs, I want to reach over and pick it off...


3 posted on 07/04/2018 8:54:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Baseball players, gangsters and musicians are remembered. But journalists are forgotten.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

All I can think is “Wasn’t that painful?”.


4 posted on 07/04/2018 8:55:35 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: SaveFerris

Despite the nerdy glasses, she’s hot.


5 posted on 07/04/2018 8:56:02 AM PDT by The people have spoken (Proud member of Hillary's basket of deplorables)
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To: jazusamo

At the service academies, she is what is known as a “Duty Judy” or a train-pulling “Yard Engine.” The NYT’s own Monica Lewinsky.


6 posted on 07/04/2018 8:56:30 AM PDT by nickedknack
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To: jazusamo

Amazing, how brazen she was/is and the guys she slept with!


7 posted on 07/04/2018 8:59:26 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Trump: "Families of American citizens murdered by illegals are permanently separated from them!)
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Thanks jazusamo. Mitigating circumstances? They mean, the New York Slimes is a haven for Partisan Media Shills.

8 posted on 07/04/2018 9:00:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I want to reach over and pick it off...

I'm more along the lines of Uncle Buck: "Here's a quarter, go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face."

9 posted on 07/04/2018 9:00:59 AM PDT by Bernard (The only Fair Tax is the Tax that Taxes you and not me.)
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To: jazusamo
We hold our journalists and their work to the highest standards...

Yep...if they can fog a mirror, that's good enough for the Times.

10 posted on 07/04/2018 9:01:43 AM PDT by econjack
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To: Grampa Dave

Yep, and the Slimes is fine with it and makes excuses for her.


11 posted on 07/04/2018 9:01:58 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: SaveFerris

Not my idea of a honey pot, but it takes all types, I guess.


12 posted on 07/04/2018 9:03:14 AM PDT by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
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To: jazusamo
“We hold our journalists and their work to the highest standards,” Mr. Baquet wrote. “We are giving Ali an opportunity to show that she can live up to them. I believe she can.”

wait, wut? dint she just PROVE that she couldn't???

13 posted on 07/04/2018 9:04:18 AM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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Happy Independence Day, Folks!

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14 posted on 07/04/2018 9:06:01 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: bk1000

She’s a 10 when you compare her to the guys she slept with. The older I get the less discriminating I am with regard to the women I find attractive. I guess that’s a good thing?


15 posted on 07/04/2018 9:07:29 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Chode

Sure seems like it to me but I guess they have a different definition of high standards.


16 posted on 07/04/2018 9:08:22 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: The people have spoken

Thats the good photo for the media.
The real ones show a different story


17 posted on 07/04/2018 9:28:43 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: jazusamo

“A responsible journalistic organization would never have hired this little scamp...”

Tramp is more like it. She probably has tats to go with that nose stud.


18 posted on 07/04/2018 9:31:07 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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To: SaveFerris

“Shouldn’t she be screaming at the sky?”

Nah, but you were close. Barking at the moon is more appropriate! ROFL


19 posted on 07/04/2018 9:33:26 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Note to all foreigners: GET OUT and STAY OUT!)
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To: jazusamo

Not surprising. The madam at a whorehouse will tell you all her girls are virgins if that’s what she thinks you want to believe.


20 posted on 07/04/2018 9:36:28 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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