NY Times vs. Palin [Greg Pollowitz]
The New York Times enters the taser-gate fray with this lightweight piece on the affair. For anyone following the case, the article really has nothing new to add, but I did find this excerpt amusing:
Soon after that, Mr. Palin and several aides began pressing the public safety agency to investigate another matter: whether Mr. Wooten was fraudulently collecting workers’ compensation for a back injury he said he had suffered while helping carry a body bag.
Mr. Palin’s evidence: He told Ms. Peterson, the commissioner’s assistant, that he had seen Mr. Wooten riding a snowmobile while on medical leave and that he had photographs to prove it.
When Mr. Palin called back two weeks later, Ms. Peterson said she had met with the trooper but was not authorized to discuss the conversation because it was an official state personnel matter. The issue was eventually resolved in Mr. Wooten’s favor, after his chiropractor sent a letter explaining that he had approved of Mr. Wooten’s riding a snowmobile, as long as he was careful.
Question to the Times: If one of your reporters is out on disability leave and is caught engaging in activities that would negate said leave, will you accept a note from a chiropractor? How about a note from "Juan Epstein's mother," which is probably as legitimate?
10/09 09:53 PMShare