Tommy’s article was not approved for publication before it hit the site, Henneberger said, and she didn’t want it reposted, so she deleted it.
In fact, the article in question had been promoted to the AOL.com home page prior to Henneberger’s deletion of it. This process involves review by several editors, and only content deemed especially meritorious is even given consideration for the AOL.com home page, which is the portal by which every one of the millions of AOL users log in to the internet. Several meetings are held daily in order to select content for the home page.
That means that, not only was the piece reviewed, not only was it reviewed by several editors, not only was it the subject of a meeting of editors, but the piece was specially selected for its merit.
The only person who didn’t review it, if you believe her incredible account, is Melinda Henneberger. When she deleted the story, it was still on the home page, leaving a dead link.
Melinda has further exacerbated her pattern of lying by enlisting other journalists, journalists with reputations, in her lies.
The next whopper in question involves a meeting between myself and Carl Cannon, a veteran Washington journalist. It was at this meeting that Carl and I discussed our working relationship going forward. Without breaking Carl’s confidence, I will only say that the “language standards” at Politics Daily never came up, and that we reached accord so quickly on our working relationship that the balance of the meeting was spent discussing a pitch for a new story about the Playboy article, one which Carl thought was newsworthy, and which he instructed me to write so he could pitch it to Melinda.
Here’s what Melinda says:
Melinda says that she asked Carl Cannon to talk to Tommy about standards specifically on this article and in general for the site, but that Carl reported back that Tommy didn’t want hear it on this or any other article. No one contacted Tommy to redo the piece, because “the communication wasn’t really happening.”
As I said before, the language never even came up. It didn’t come up because, after receiving a gentle, second-hand note from an editor about the use of the word “crap” several weeks ago, I had become self-policing in that regard. Check it out for yourself.
But by releasing a false, and damaging, account of my meeting with Carl, she is now relying on him to either lie along with her (which I guarantee you he will not do), or remain silent. In betraying the journalistic ethics she purports to bring to the internet, she has betrayed Carl, as well.