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  • Photographic Evidence: NYT Reporter Incorrectly Describes Rep. Issa's Office

    Eric Lichtblau begins his 2,700-word story in the New York Times about Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) with this vivid description: “Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    There’s just one problem with the first sentence of Lichtblau’s story. It’s wrong. And we have the photos to prove it. (See below.)

    As I reported earlier today, Issa’s office is located about a half-mile from the Shadowridge Country Club, according to Google Maps. It doesn’t even border the golf course. The office building is surrounded by three housing developments and a state highway.

    And if Issa were to walk from his office to the golf course, it would take approximately 20 minutes, according to directions from Google Maps.

    So why did Lichtblau paint such a picture of Issa’s office in today’s story? I asked and he hasn’t responded. In fact, in an earlier email, he stood by the description, claiming it was correct. But as the photos clearly reveal, there’s no view of the golf course.

    In addition to this inaccurate description, there are three other factual errors or questionable assertions in Lichtblau’s story. He’s corrected just one of the five identified by Issa’s staff.

    Here are the photos, courtesy of Issa’s staff:

    UPDATE: This story now reflects the source of the three photographs.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    7 Responses to Photographic Evidence: NYT Reporter Incorrectly Describes Rep. Issa's Office

    1. Chris says:

      Clearly now Issa has a target painted on his back as he attempts to expose Obama and his chicago like politics.

    2. @HillStaffer says:

      If your biggest "gotcha" is that the reporter was wrong about how close the golf course was, you are giving creedence to the other facts. GOTCHA!

    3. @USAGeorge says:

      Fiction is easier than doing ones homework. Whenever one wants to present something with a slant fiction is a nice tool in the old trick bag. One can only conclude that the author was doing a spin job or is an idiot.
      Take your pick…….

    4. Zeek says:

      Liberal "journalists" nedn't write facts if the "stories" are "compelling."

    5. @RCMillsJr says:

      By my measurement his office sits on a hill 1800 feet as the crow flies from a golf course. I think he can call that overlooking a golf course with out it being some kind of gross and evil over statement.

      The story is about the shenanigans of this man, and we all know he is up to no good. And I don't think embellishing "overlooking" by a few hundred feet is a big discrediting item. there are some real serious conflicts of interest that are enriching this man at tax payer expense.

      Maybe heritage, who says they are a champion of conservative finances should do a honest investigation in how bad this man is ripping off American instead of jumping to his defense because he has a R behind is name and is very powerful.

      maybe we can also check in to "gleaming" because it sure looks like a shiny building, not gleaming to me. Look there …Squirrel!!!!

      • TomB says:

        Aside from your inane understanding of the word "overlooking" (how does one "overlook" something he can't see?), looking at the office building on Google Earth, the building is in a depression, surrounded by an elevated highway and hills.

        Geographic Fail.

    6. crooked wren says:

      Another example of how the Left is willing to "create their own reality," obliterating the Truth for the sake of a delusional quest.

      And how many readers will know that this reporter didn't fudge on the truth — that HE LIED?

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