The headline read: “Mayor Walsh: Huffington Post’s slam of top prosecutor not payback from his staff.”
The article reads in relevant part:
“A Huffington Post article slamming U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz for prosecuting “the good guys” has raised questions over whether Mayor Martin J. Walsh is waging a PR counteroffensive against the feds after they indicted two top City Hall aides on extortion charges.
Walsh’s chief of staff, Daniel A. Koh, formerly served as chief of staff to Huffington Post Editor Arianna Huffington and as general manager of Huffington Post Live before joining the mayor’s inner circle. Walsh told the Herald last night that he and his staff had no involvement in yesterday’s Huffington Post story titled, “This Federal Prosecutor is Building a Career indicting The Good Guys”
But he admitted he knew it was “in the works.” . . . . I didn’t know what it was about, what the premise was, but I knew there was a story being written.”
The article went on: “Walsh also said he discussed the story with Koh, and claimed Koh had no hand in the story, either. Koh was not available for comment yesterday.”
“ . . . The article strung together a series of prosecutions Ortiz has undertaken since her 2009 appointment that critics say were heavy-handed, including former state Probation chief John J. O’Brien and his top aides, as well as computer whiz kid Aaron Swartz, who killed himself after federal prosecutors indicted him for fraud.”
“Ortiz spokeswoman Christina Sterling told the Herald, “. . . Our office is proud of the work we do. We have a very large office. We do lots of cases. … Anybody that picks up a newspaper can see (that). … Our work is not focused on one area as that one article insinuates.”
Sterling avoided mentioning the thrust of the Huffington Post article. That alleged a conspiracy between her office and the Boston Globe. I would agree that any discerning person picking up the Globe could easily figure that out.
It was nice to see that a widely read news source has had the courage to take on the obvious misguided prosecutions by U.S. Attorney Ortiz which I have been writing about for years. It was even better to read how the authors of the article also figured out that there were improper dealings between Ortiz’s office and the Globe.
It was sad to see the Herald left out the most telling part of the Huffington Post article which was the lack of check on Ortiz by the media, and that included the Herald. As of this writing the Globe has not mentioned the article but it will after it figures out how it wants to do a hit job on the Huffington Post writers and assigns the hit to one of its columnists.
The Herald did not mention how the article said: “the only real-time check on a runaway federal prosecutor is the media. That’s welcome news for Ortiz, because the Globe named her “Bostonian of the Year” in 2011. Now the two seem to share a mutual interest. The prosecutor has her eyes set on taking down Boston’s mayor, and the paper is in search of a crusade . . . . Ortiz’s office is suspected of leaking a staggering amount of private information to the Globe, even including details of wiretaps of Walsh, the mayor.”
Finally, some beyond this blog are catching on to the Globe/Ortiz undermining of our system of justice. It is not just in the mayor’s case but it goes back years as I have shown. The Globe makes a profit off the scoops she feeds it; Ortiz gets a pass for all her ill doings.
Not mentioned in the Huffington Post article was the Caswell Motel case where Ortiz tried to steal a motel from a guy who worked there fifty years 24/7. This naked attempt to deprive a man of property worth about two million dollars with no showing of any culpability on his part was never mentioned in the Globe. It was so bad a columnist in the Washington Post wrote about it.
The press was made free so it could report on government malfeasance. In Boston it has become an arm of the government. That is a disservice to all of us.