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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Two years later, the mainstream press catches up with the Pigford scandal

John Hayward
This has got to be one of the most stunning confirmations of media bias, and one of the greatest vindications of conservative media, since the epic fall of Dan Rather.  Anyone familiar with the late Andrew Breitbart’s focus on this story can only shake their heads in wonder as the New York Times finally notices the Pigford scandal, in which a program to compensate black farmers for discrimination “became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees.”  (The name “Pigford” comes from the 1997 Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit that got the whole thing rolling.)…..
On the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling, interviews and records show, the Obama administration’s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate not just the 91 plaintiffs but thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court.
The deal, several current and former government officials said, was fashioned in White House meetings despite the vehement objections — until now undisclosed — of career lawyers and agency officials who had argued that there was no credible evidence of widespread discrimination. What is more, some protested, the template for the deal — the $50,000 payouts to black farmers — had proved a magnet for fraud.
Good thing the New York Times didn’t tell its readers about this before the election! They might have gotten some funny ideas about holding Barack Obama accountable….To Read More…..

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