May 19, 2006
USA Today Reporter Exposed
Leslie Cauley is the USA Today reporter who reported last week that the NSA was in cahoots with telephone companies to build a phone call database. She has also been very silent and has written nothing since BellSouth and Verizon claim her story is false. NewsBusters did a little research into her background:
A search found a listing for "writer and journalist" Leslie Cauley, indicating she gave $2,000 to Gephardt on June 30, 2003, when Gephardt was running for the Democratic presidential nomination. And that seems not to be her only tie to Democratic politics.
She also helped a Democratic big-wig write a book. That's more than can be said for Editor & Publisher's few paragraphs about her.
Before my right-wing knee-jerk readers shout, "See! See! She's biased! The story has to be fake!" realize this information doesn't mean the story's false. If the story is on par with RatherGate it tell us why Cauley ran so hard with a story based on anonymous sources that is being strongly denied by BellSouth and Verizon.
"USA Today Reporter a Democratic Donor; Phone Company Demands Retraction"
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