NYT Painted Matt Gaetz as a Child Sex Trafficker. One Year Later, He Has Not Been Charged.• https://www.lewrockwell.com By Glenn Greenwald
On March 30 of last year, The New York Times published an article that was treated as a bombshell by the political class. Citing exclusively anonymous sources — "three people briefed on the matter" — the Paper of Record announced that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) "is being investigated by the Justice Department over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him."
The headline chosen by Times editors was as inflammatory and provocative as possible: "Matt Gaetz Is Said to Face Justice Dept. Inquiry Over Sex With an Underage Girl." The paper, high up in the article, emphasized what grave crimes these were: "The Justice Department regularly prosecutes such cases, and offenders often receive severe sentences." The article was extremely light on any actual evidence regarding Gaetz, instead devoting paragraph after paragraph to guilt-by-association tactics regarding "a political ally of his, a local official in Florida named Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on an array of charges, including sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people in exchange for sex, at least one of whom was an underage girl."
Only in the seventh paragraph — well below the headline casting him as a pedophile and sex trafficker — did the Times bother to note: "No charges have been brought against Mr. Gaetz, and the extent of his criminal exposure is unclear." Exactly one year after publication of that reputation-destroying article, this remains true: while the DOJ may one day formally accuse him, Gaetz has not been charged with, let alone convicted of, a single crime which The New York Times stapled onto his forehead.