Credit Where Due: New York Times Does 180 On Pigford
Today, the New York Times ran a front page article that is the best, most in-depth coverage of the Pigford story by the mainstream media to date. Oh, how things have changed.
Just three years ago, in February 2010, the New York Times published an editorial entitled "Pay Up" that towed the pro-Pigford line. The blunt headline summed up the aggressive position that the pro-Pigford advocates were taking.
As the Times said then:
After the settlement, some farmers got their money, but far too many ran into a new buzz saw. They were stalled and rejected through paperwork technicalities, tight deadlines and a lengthy appeals process that officials insisted was necessary.
While it's true that legitimate farmers were treated unfairly by the Pigford settlement, the 2010 editorial doesn't breathe a word about the massive fraud created by the "attempted-to-farmers."
It would take three years for the Times to expose that.