Living Faith Baptist Church

4305 St. Barnabas Road Suite 400A Temple Hills, Maryland 20748

September 2008 Dear Colleague: We are pleased to provide you with this analysis of a Washington Post (WP) story that was published on July 6, 2008 titled “Sweetheart Deals”. The story implied that Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson illegally gave contracts to his friends based on campaign contributions given to him during his re-election. This is a charge that literally every politician faces, but what is unique about this charge in our opinion is that it is levied at some and not all. The aim of these charges always seems to find itself on the doorstep of our minority leadership. In our humble opinion, the story is filled with half truths, a distortion of the facts and a systematic failure that selectively omit key evidence that would eliminate any cloud of suspicion. We will argue that the aim of the WP reporting is not to print the truth, but just to raise suspicion. (See footnote 2 on page p.12 and 29) This is their weapon they have used consistently over the years to undermine black political leadership and now they are trying it again on Jack B. Johnson. This is exactly what the Republicans are doing to Barack Obama. We have asked a number of pastors to review the July 6th article and to closely study the supporting documents and give us their objective opinion of the WP story. We have included in the following document their conclusions. Decisive to say, the pastors’ analysis after reviewing the same document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has come to startling different conclusions. The overriding principle of journalism is truth telling. Many African Americans in the Washington metro area who are educated and are critical thinkers do not believe that the WP tells the truth. Why is this? We plan to show you. We invite the reader to review the enclosed document and apply their critical critique to the pastors’ approach to see if there is any validity to their claims. Furthermore, we challenge you to apply the underline principles cited in this narrative to your next reading of the WP and see if what we have written stands on its merits. And if it does, we urge you to write a letter to the WP and forward us a copy. Here are our outline and answers. The narrative is divided into four sections: I. Cover Statement II. The Case Against The Washington Post III. The Pastors Detailed Analysis of Each of the Charges in the July 6, 2008 Article IV. An Analysis of Negative Images and Words Published in WP about African Americans from June 22 - July 31, 2008

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We have provided an exhausting and lengthy explanation of our analysis. We do not believe that we should engage further in a public discourse with the WP. Our goal is simple, to present the facts as we see it and allow the public to make their own conclusions. This is not how the WP practices journalism. Now, we will rest our pen and turn our attention to serving God’s people during these extraordinary times. Sincerely Rev. Virgil L. Murphy, PHD Word scape Ministries Rev. Dr. Edwin L. Jones Sr. Living Faith Baptist Church Bishop Robert C. Gilson, PhD Faith Deliverance Worldwide Rev. Geraldine Reed Rev. Vigil Roberts

Rev. Jane Johnson We Care Ministries Int’l Apostle Dr. Anthony T. Adams

Rev. Marie Armstead Focus Ministries Rev. Alan Horton Guildfield Baptist Church Rev. Darrell Lewis, Pastor Family Fellowship Church Rev. Peggy Fields Guildfield Baptist Church Rev Dr. Anthony T. Mays Breakthrough Bible College

Rev. Gladys M. Strickland Rev. Antonio Lowery Guildfield Baptist Church

Rev. Elijah Sutton, Pastor Guildfield Baptist Church Rev. Tommy Lee Gilbert Guildfield Baptist Church

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I. Cover Statement
The proceeding narrative is a detailed response to the Washington Post (WP) charges against the Prince George’s County government published July 6, 2008 titled “Sweetheart Deals”. The pastors’ response provides a clear analysis on how and why the WP chooses to attack the administration of Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson, thus continuously trying to undermine his leadership by placing him under a cloud of suspicion even though they have yet to prove any criminality or ethical concerns over these many years. The pastors know that Jack B. Johnson is an honorable, decent, Christian man married to one wife. They understand that these types of strong black men have been targeted by the WP for character assassination before. This is why they choose to conduct this analysis and stand by Jack Johnson. We provide the reader with an analysis of how the WP has consistently insulted the intelligence of its African American audience and systematically wage a journalistic war against its leaders or anyone who dares to speak truth to power. We reviewed all of the documents which were requested by the WP through the Freedom of Information Act by the Prince George’s County government and our conclusions are radically different from what was published in the WP on July 6, 2008.

WP was all too eager to cover the case and has cited this as another perfect example of what is wrong with Prince George’s County and its government. This is another incident that the WP will cite to tell the world again that African American leadership is extremely wanting in every area. The story is being covered and the manner in which it is being reported is because Mayor Calvo and his wife is an attractive white couple. The Mayor is portrayed as if he is equal to Jack Johnson in stature and political power. The WP always play up the racial part of the story. WP is the biggest instigators of creating racial tension in the metro area. Now all of a sudden Mayor Calvo who is a small, small town Mayor is an expert on law enforcement. This is why he is being invited on national television like Fox News for his expert opinion. This reminds us how Sarah Palin, who is governor of a small, small State, is now qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. This is the biggest joke in the world. The only thing you can conclude here is that the WP is the largest racist in the metro area. The WP is not terribly concerned with the large bundle of drugs mailed to the Mayor’s home but has given a large amount of coverage concerning how the raid was conducted. This is another incident that the WP will cite to tell the world again that African American leadership is extremely wanting in every area. The average WP reader is unaware of the tactics employed by the WP to byline the black community and its leaders.

Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo

Since then, another story has emerged concerning Prince George’s County which calls in to question the procedures of the Prince George’s County Police Department. The jest of the case is that a large package of marijuana was mailed to the wife of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s home. The sheriff department was tipped off and they along with the Prince George’s County Police Department executed a “no knock warrant”. The Mayor’s dogs were killed in the raid and the Mayor is now arguing that the raid is a sterling example of the inaptitude of the Prince The sheer psychological effect of such negative George’s County law enforcement officials. The images of Prince George’s County both in words 4

The only thing they see is the picture of the black person and the negative headlines. They also witness the constant articles being written and their only reaction is “What have they done now?” The goal of the WP is to have the reader associate negative images whenever the name Prince George’s County is printed.

and pictures are having a devastating effect on black people in general and black children in particular. We will demonstrate this in the course of this narrative.

Katharyn Johnston, a 92 year old African American woman was brutally murdered
This story is also a perfect example of how the WP directs the reader to focus on whatever issues in the story they want to emphasize. In this case, it was not about the drugs or its origin, but about the procedure in which the warrant was executed ---- thus highlighting through its editorial approach --- the ineffectiveness the Prince George’s County Sheriff and County Police. Contrast this to when Katharyn Johnston, a 92 year old African American woman was brutally murdered by the Atlanta Police Department and when white policemen planted drugs in her home to justify their assassination of her. We did not witness the powerful editorial arm of the WP summoning federal officials and the White House to argue the civil rights abuse of Ms. Johnston and calling for the firing of the Chief of Police and the jailing of those who were responsible for her death. Nor did we witness the relentless coverage of this tragic story (more than 6 - 9 stories covering different angles of the case) like the story of Mayor Calvo. The WP sees itself as a national newspaper, but argues it is local as well. They have a schizophrenia editorial personality. We believe they conveniently become a local newspaper to sensationalize and exploit local stories that help to improve their bottom line and push forward their political agenda. This is especially true when it comes to Prince George’s County.

majority of readers have articulated over the years that the WP has a political agenda that is closely tied to their economic goals. This notion is strongly shared by different communities (both black and white) across the metropolitan area that has significant human and economic capital at stake. The primary reason why they do not speak out about this is because they are afraid that the WP will launch an investigation of them and their companies, thus undermining the hard work that they have put in up until that point.

Remember, the WP does not have to prove anything. Truth is arbitrary. The goal of the WP is simply to raise suspicion.

Let us never forget that the WP is a business that does not necessarily have as its core business model lofty journalistic principles like balance and fair coverage and objective analysis as their driving principles. Our analysis is based upon over 50 years of reading and interpreting this newspaper from us (readers) who have a vested interest in building a fair and balanced civil society and strengthening our democratic principles based upon a plurality of perspectives as advocated by our founding fathers. Our founding fathers in their careful deliberations constructed a system of checks and balances not only for government, but for those private public entities that has constitutional protection like the press. Their goal was never to allow one entity to dominate the rest of society.

This was the driving principle that the American Revolution was fought--neither the crown nor the WP shall rule.1
An Appeals Court upheld a Fox News decision to completely edit an investigative report done

WP Political Agenda
Throughout the entire metro community the vast

1 The Board of Trades and the Federal City Council are legitimate business interest groups here in the metro area. The WP is heavily involved with

both of these organizations. Our citing of them denotes no evil or harmful purpose. What we are saying is that they seem to have an inordinate amount of influence on the function of local government and public policy. We believe that such groups undermine the constitutionality principle of one man, one vote in a democracy. A democracy respects every ones opinion and does not as a matter of principle give one group or individual opinion more weight over and above anyone else despite the group or person political and economic positioning. You cannot have a democracy with two groups having an undo amount influence over the rest of the citizenry. It is the same charge that has been levied against lobbyists and congressional staffers. No one elected them to have such influence over the democratic system that is based upon a plurality of opinions that sometimes converges and other times are confrontational-such actions by groups can be viewed as anti-democratic and harmful or even threaten the integrity of the democratic process.

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on a growth hormone drug that is found in milk. The reporters of the piece who refused to go along with the edits citing bad science were fired because Fox News was afraid to be sued by the manufacturer of the growth hormone drug. Canada banned this growth hormone drug several years ago. A majority of scientific papers linked the growth hormone to cancer. The WP understands that as a result of this decision they have the right to edit and completely ignore any facts they choose because the law says they can publish whatever they want and truth is not the ultimate barometer or the determining factor in their editorial direction. The WP like other media is legally allowed to dominate and shape the news because they can and they are always looking at their bottom line. It is our opinion that this is exactly what the WP did in their article of July 6. However, if you closely look at our detailed response on pages 14 through 26 you will come to the same conclusion we did. They not only overlook the facts, they completely ignored them simply because they can legally do so.

WP as the Moral Barometer
The WP has taken on the mantle over the years as the moral barometer in the metro area. This means that they are so self-righteous that they will determine what is the truth and anyone disagreeing with them will be investigated. It seems to us that their editorial muscle is only applied selectively based upon race as a one of the mitigating factors and the potential economic windfall from advertisers. This is the height of their editorial hypocrisy. Our analysis is in no way trying to undermine the serious issues surrounding the possible violation of civil liberties and due process clause of the constitution in the Calvo case. To do so will undermine our original intent of building

and strengthening civil society. This can only be arrived at properly in a court of law and not in the pages of the WP. The WP and any other newspaper should resist the temptation of serving as judge and jury before all facts are properly aired. To do so, the WP severely undermines the core values of good journalism. Instead, it should be raising questions surrounding the drugs which were found and the execution of the warrant where did the drugs come from? What was the original intent of the drug dealers? How can we prevent other law abiding citizens from getting caught up in such a dangerous situation? Is this likely to continue? Was the raid carried out by the police an example of the effectiveness of the Prince George’s County Sheriff and Police Department use of intelligence? Any questions other than these by the WP could be viewed as biased against the Prince George’s County government. Therefore, we believe that procedure should be looked at but not exclusively thus negating other areas of the investigation. By failing to ask these questions cited above and pushing the reader in a different editorial direction, it tends to lead the reader in a direction where the facts are inadequate to support the perspective of the WP in the Calvo’s story. In the context of this narrative under the first section, (Case Against the WP) we spelled out in graphic details how the WP uses these incidents to get federal law enforcement officials involved (they do this by reporting multiple stories and raising suspicion---in most cases when there is no new substantial evidence to report) so that they can report in subsequent stories that this incident is now under federal review, thus painting a picture of chaos and bylining the effectiveness of the Prince George’s County government under the leadership of County Executive Jack B. Johnson. This is a way to give the story legs as they say in the news business - when there is none. This tactic is being utilized in this current story.

Combination of facts and observations of the political process in the Metro area over twenty years P.8 and P.9 This narrative is based upon the prepondence of the evidence as reviewed by those who have signed this document. It consists of informed opinions based upon an acute understanding of both the African American culture and local government. Scholarly research is cited as a means of bolstering the written analysis. In addition, we have analyzed the writing of the WP from June 22 - July 31, 2008 and found ample and overwhelming evidence of a systematic bias against African American culture and people. The views and expressions of this documents reflects the opinions of the signatories only. 6

II. CASE AGAINST THE WASHINGTON POST
The strong motivation behind such anti -Prince George’s County coverage by WP is that they hate to see the emergence of a strong independent economically viable, politically competent community of African American men and women providing leadership for the entire metro area…it threatens their grip on power so they sought to divide and conquer…WP will dismiss us as conspiracy theorists. Here we lay out the case for you to make your own judgment.

It is important to understand the impact of reporters writing on the general health and welfare of a society. Reporters just like anyone else cannot arbitrarily write anything that they know is false or overlook the facts. They are entrusted by the virtues of society to write only the truth and to do it in a way that it does not cause unnecessary conflict, chaos or confusion, but build upon the principles of community which should lead to a just civil society.

The reader is often left trying to separate facts from fiction. When the story appeared about Jack Johnson (July 6) we did not know what to believe and why the Washington Post (WP) continues to go after this honorable man.

Critical Questions
The WP can care less about harming the moral character of Jack Johnson or the impact this article or any other article will have on his family or the residents of Prince George’s County. The WP never pauses to ask itself. Does the article accurately portray the truth? Is the article fair? Have any of the facts been omitted or ignored? Does the article portray the highest form of journalistic ethics? What is the aim of the article? How does the article promote a just civil society? Is there any institutional bias against Jack Johnson or the Prince George’s County government or black people? Has the WP done everything in their power to make sure that its article and the presentation of the facts does not harm the reputation of those who are innocent? Does the WP have a predetermined goal to simply raise suspicion to motivate regulatory and law enforcement officials to become involved prior to any violation of regulations or laws? Does this article at all have as its core motivation a profit center and fulfilling a political agenda? Will this article cast a shadow of suspicion on black political leaders and thus play into the stereotypical notion of African American people and their lack of intelligence? Do the reporters care about the truth and how it is portrayed and who is harmed? Is the article

Journalism Standard Bearers
All too often this society has produced reporters who do not possess nor believe in the principles and ethics of their profession. Their goal is to write to entertain and not to inform, to gain popularity and not respect, to focus on the money and the prizes and ignore the principles of journalism and the truth. Today reporters no longer are expected to write objectively about the subject matter. They also are allowed to go on television or online to give their personal rather than their professional opinion about the subject after their piece has been aired or published. Roger Mudd, Sig Mickelson, Walter Cronkite, Fred Friendly and Murrell, who are the standard bearers of good journalism would not have recognized nor approve of the dual role that reporters have assumed of both commentators and reporters.

This would have been journalism heresy to them. Is there any respect for truth anymore?
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balanced? We believe that these questions should have been asked and pondered given the fact that they took nineteen months to produce these series of articles. The article clearly enunciates a rush to judgment, ignoring and distorting all of the facts and was concerned only to have this published so that it can become part of the body of their work. We answered these charges in a detailed analysis from pages 20 through 41 and clearly demonstrate how the WP cleverly goes about distorting the facts. We were not willing to idly stand by and allow the WP to assassinate the moral character of the entire African American community of Prince Georges County and the courageous and strong political leadership of our beloved leader Jack B. Johnson. (Please note the ground breaking evidences concerning the negative images and words of the African American community as portrayed in the WP from June 22, to July 31, 2008 p.27-28). For years the WP has been accused of being bias against the African American community. We have decided to take a closer look at this question finally in light of the recent charges that the WP has levied against Prince George’s County and County Executive Jack B. Johnson.2 Please see p.29

Prince George’s County is estimated to have 115,000 households or 37.2 percent with incomes above $75,000 in 2004. Scarborough Research conducted for WP in 2004 found that of the Prince George’s County residents surveyed:

23.1 percent has shopped at conventional or fashion department stores located outside the county in the past 30 days. department stores in the county in the past 30 days. 17.7 percent reported shopping at regional malls outside of the county anchored by fashion department stores in the past 30 days. 50 percent had shopped at conventional or fashion department stores outside the county in the past three months. 35.6 percent reported shopping at fashion department stores located outside the county in the past three months.

• 16 percent reported shopping at fashion • •

• 63.3 percent reported shopping at regional
malls outside the county anchored by fashion department stores in the past three months. Base prices of new homes range from $400,000 at the low end to over $800,000. New home prices above 1,000,000 are not uncommon. Typical purchases of luxury homes have household incomes in excess of $150,000. We will demonstrate in the course of this narrative is exactly what has taken place. The WP took nineteen months to produce these series of articles. The article clearly enunciates a rush to judgment and fails to include key facts and was concerned only to have this published so that it can become part of the body of their work. The WP wants nothing to do with the high virtue and ethics of obtaining the truth about what really happened; they simply want a front page story painting Jack Johnson and his administration negatively. How can this be? (See footnote 2 or page 12) 8

Prince George’s County Demographic Characteristics
Prince George’s County is located in the heart of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor and has a common border with Washington, DC. Downtown Washington is only ten miles away and Baltimore is 37 miles. Prince George’s County is the nation wealthiest minority/majority county and is estimated to have an average household income of $68,488 in 2004 increasing to $76,561 in 2009. Households are estimated to have increased at an annual rate of 1.94 percent between 2000 and 2004. Households increased from 286,610 to 309,453 during this period.

The definition of journalism to the WP is success at any cost. This means pleasing the editor by justifying his or her biases through their writing, meeting the deadline, ignoring the truth and practicing journalism based upon creating sufficient suspicion around the targeted subject. In this case it is Jack Johnson.

heaven. But the magazine proved to be insulting to both its black readers, not to mention its black staff members. In Volunteer Slavery, Nelson gives an explosive exposé of one of our most ‘respected’ newspapers-WP. Volunteer Slavery is a perfect example that even its own black reporters understood the cultural racist bias by the WP towards its African American readers and African American culture. This editorial bias through its editors is evident whenever they tackle a story about black Americans in general and a perceived new leader who loves his people-Jack Johnson. Contrast this to the black/white leaders that the WP approves of like Mayor Adrian Fenty and especially former Mayor Anthony Williams.

Katharine Graham
In Katharine Graham’s highly acclaimed book titled Personal History, the editor stated: “In this bestselling and widely acclaimed book, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the WP through the crises of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story - one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor and dignity of its telling.” This may have been the way Katharine Graham tells her own story, but it is far from the way her paper practice journalism ethics now. It is neither candid, honest nor truthful when it comes to telling the story of African Americans. The WP always gives us their perspective on how we should view and think about our own culture, people and leaders --- negatively. They never missed an opportunity to present us in the harshest of light. (The negative images and words of the African Americans P.27-28)

Analysis of negative words and images of African Americans
We commissioned several journalism students to review the WP from June 22 to July 31, 2008. Here is what they found in their scientific analysis of negative words and images of African Americans and our culture. There were 196 negative images of African Americans that were published in the WP through negative words or images from June 22 to July 31 of 2008. During the same time there were only 21 positive images and most of them were of Barrack Obama - our new rock star according to the WP. Here again the WP is trying to tell us what to think and how to act. Should we pattern our lives after Barrack to become acceptable? Are Barrack and Tiger Woods what the WP considers the new black acceptable persons? So why is it that 27% of Hillary Clinton voters refused to vote for him and 21% of whites will not vote for him because he is a black man (New York Times Article) However, there was eight times the amount of negative images and words of African Americans that were published than any other group during this specific time period in the WP. In addition, Prince George’s County was portrayed negatively a total of 55 times over and against other jurisdictions in the metropolitan area. This means that

Jill Nelson’s Volunteer Slavery
It is a well known fact that African American reporters who work at the WP refer to it as the Plantation. In 1996, one of its most talented young writers, Jill Nelson, chronicled what it means to be a member of the

prestigious WP Sunday magazine that frequently assault the intellectual power of its black readers in her award winning book titled Volunteer Slavery.
When Jill Nelson became the first black woman to write for The WP prestigious Sunday magazine in 1986, she thought she had entered journalism
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Prince George’s County Demographic Characteristics, a Report prepared by the McComb Group, Ltd. October 2004 - Page 1-1

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you were 3.3 times more likely to read or see a negative image of Prince George’s County residents or government official. Is this an accident? We do not believe so. Our detailed analysis of the article (p.14-26) will give substantive arguments that there exists within the WP an unwritten law that anything negative concerning African Americans and particularly Prince George’s County or government official should be given special attention for reasons cited above. You can contrast that to the two positive images portrayed of Prince George’s County, once on July 20 and the other on July 30 during the same time and you will still be left with 194 negative images of African Americans in general and 55 negatives images of Prince George’s County in particular. In addition, if you contrast that even more to how the WP portrays Northern Virginia, which was only portrayed negatively twice between the same time period you can see the enormous racial gap of negative images that is being sold to the public. One can understand the outrage felt by African Americans in the metropolitan area and Prince George’s County residents in particular. You will be hard pressed to find the same amount of negative images of white people both in words and pictures during the same period or annually in the WP (the negative images and words of the African Americans P.27-28)

over 1,500 negative African American images annually.
This has been going on for years. Since the WP has appointed itself as the moral barometer of the metro area, they know exactly the effects these are having on African Americans. If you tell black youths that they are worthless through the image and words you print, then why are you so surprised of the black on black violence? It is not our perception that African Americans are being portrayed more negatively than their white counterparts in Northern Virginia. The numbers speak for themselves after fifty years of Dr. Clark’s doll experiment. It was repeated again recently employing the latest modern psychological techniques and strategies only to conclude that black children continues to associate the white doll as good and the black doll as evil. This is the powerful effect of visual and print media and its negative portrayals of African American people and culture. This visual assault of negative images can be directly linked to the destruction of the black family and the destabilization of the entire African American race. In addition to the WP and other white owned media, the average African American child sees over 550,000 negative images every two years of themselves (unpublished doctoral dissertation research).

Dr. Kenneth Clark, the noted Black Clinical Psychologist
Such image distorts the human soul and undermines the sense of self-worth of a person. This type of barrage of negative images and its effects have been understood for years by the late Dr. Kenneth Clark, the noted black clinical psychologist who first brought this theory to bear in his historic white doll-black doll experience. For these images to continue so relentlessly by a major metropolitan newspaper that clearly understands its editorial impact should be labeled as criminal and racist.

If you multiply, the amount of negative images both in words and pictures published by the WP, there will be well
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We wonder why! Our assertion is not without fifty years of science-based psychological research to justify our point that a barrage of negative images distorts the human soul of any group and is the foundation of self-hatred that is perpetuated by a society instrument (newspaper-WP) that is supposed to objectively inform and report only the facts. If you destroy their sense of self-worth (black people) what else do they have left other than a negative picture of their image to further destroy themselves.

How can the WP be considered as a positive influence in helping to build a just civil society?
In addition, there are ample African American conservatives who utilize their own self hatred and are identified by the WP as an expert on black culture. They are willing to be quoted in the WP justifying and defending the WP editorial practices of this type of genocide journalism towards African Americans. The WP only uses other African Americans who blame the victim (black people) for their own economical, psychological and sociological status and ignoring the powerful external forces like the WP. We fully expect that the WP will find a clever way to call our writing mean-spirited and hateful and utilize one of their black reporters to come after us the way the WP is going after Jack B. Johnson. We are not afraid because we stand not on the truth, but with the truth. The bible says “the truth shall set you free.”

troversy to sell newspapers. Negative reporting on race is a proven economic strategy for big city newspapers. For instance, if you put an African American on the front page with a headline that has the words “corrupt, murderer, rapist or assault, you will sell a lot of news papers i.e. Jack Johnson (July 6) When has the Washington Post placed a white suspected or convicted murder, rapist or felony with their pictures on its front page as the lead article for the paper in the past two months. You cannot find one. But we can tell you of three African Americans who have been placed as the lead story on its front page within the past month. June 24 former Prince George’s County School chief Andre J. Hornsby July 1 19- year- old Ronnie L. White July 5 President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. The recent article entitled “Sweetheart Deals” dated July 6, 2008 is an excellent example of how the WP distorts the truth, under report facts, and creates suspicion where there is none and minimizes the strong leadership qualities of a popular African American county executive--Jack B. Johnson. The story further illustrates to what length editors and reporters are willing to go to justify spend nineteen months on an investigation that has no legs. The magnitude of the story suggests some criminality on behalf of the County or Jack Johnson but there is none to be found. The length of the story is highly suspicious even though it does not in any way find or alludes to criminality at any level at any of the persons cited in the story. This cannot be what the WP calls journalism -- but it is. They have a new definition of journalism “going after negroes who will not toe the line according to the WP” This is an old but useful tactic utilized by big city newspapers when they want to go after someone or some organization that refuse to participate in the WP notion of good government. The WP has a godlike complex. The WP also utilizes another tactic which is

The WP is in the news business
The WP is in the news business. They are not in the business of journalism because it is governed by journalism ethics and practices. The standard of journalism is reporting the truth without bias and allowing the individual to form their own opinion based upon a complete airing of the facts. We believe that the WP editorial culture is to report the truth as long as it does not interfere with making a profit. In the course of this narrative, we are demonstrate how this philosophical conflict between reporting the truth and turning a profit is at the heart of why the WP journalistic editorial tends to degrade one racial group through negative and reckless reporting and under report the majority group negative behavior. (see p. 27-28) This takes the form as writing a softer headline, not repeating the story the following day, not including the picture of white lawbreakers or people who are under suspicion and just plainly ignoring the facts of the story all together despite its community implications and importance. The objective of the WP here is to create con-

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geared toward law enforcement that has proven quite successful over the years. The goal here is to raise sufficient suspicion that causes state and federal investigative arms - the Office of the State Attorney General or the US Office of Attorney General of a particular region - to launch an inquiry or investigation into the activities cited in the WP story. So the next headline you see concerning that particular story is that the person or organization is under investigation. This is the goal of the story that was recently published on County Executive Jack Johnson. This is exactly what happening in the Mayor Cheye Calvo’s case. There have been many stories written just like this on other African American leaders locally and nationally with the same goal in mind. One has to wonder of all the stories written by the WP and its reporters that has resulted into law enforcement launching investigations - how many of these stories actually stand up against the facts when all is known and how many of these investigations are ultimately resulted in criminal charges or just dismissed outright because the facts that the WP reported as facts were distorted, half truth and without any merit. How many times the WP have gone back and written a story that their acquisitions and half truths did not amount to anything, but raising suspicions and blackening the moral character of those cited in their story.

The WP has a godlike complex
Newspapers cannot make money nor have credibility if every time they are wrong they are writing a story of apology. We will prove in the course of this narrative that the WP and its reporters are completely wrong about County Executive Jack Johnson and they are utilizing the tricks of the trade that we have just spelled out to go after County Executive Jack Johnson because he is Christian, decent and refuse to bow to the great gods of the WP on how he should govern. The public is growing increasingly aware of how the WP manipulates the news and distorts the truth in our opinion. A year and a half ago the WP launched the WP Radio only to see its ratings plummet and failed. Just several days ago the WP reported for the first time in its corporate history, that they did not turn a profit. This is another clear example that the public refuse to support a newspaper company that writes with a racist bias, convict people in the court of public opinion without substantial evidence before they have their day in a court, bombards the human psyche of tens of thousands of negative images of the African American race. It has systemically throughout the years sought to undermine black leadership starting from national black leaders like Martin King to local leaders of today like County Executive Jack Johnson.

With a triple AAA bond rating and the development of the National Harbor --- the most important development on the eastern seaboard of the United States in ten years, we believe the WP has stepped up its criticism because they refuse to allow Prince George’s County to become the economic engine of the region when according to the WP they are incapable of running the county government. This is the type of suspicion that the WP want to plant in the minds of the power structure in the region. This is based upon our research of the WP (please see pages 14-26) the amount of negative stories in words and images on Prince George’s County. The objective of the WP is to build sufficient suspicion around the leadership of County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his government in the minds of the residents and others of Prince George’s County, thus leaving him politically vulnerable to his political enemies. The WP true objective here is to maintain its political dominance in shaping the political agenda for all local political jurisdictions. They do this through the Board of Trade and the Federal City Council. Both of these organizations are dominated by political and economic interests and their objective is to make sure that they have the only voice that shapes regional public policies. They do not want to see an independent black political class emerge. Prince George’s County, through the numbers which we cited is a potential growing threat to the white power structure. So when they see a strong independent leader like Jack Johnson, they decide to launch an in-depth investigation concerning his style of governance. Remember, as stated before, the objective is not to prove anything, but to raise suspicion and thus undermine his leadership by questioning the way he governs. Many African Americans who are unaware of the WP strategic political and economic goals fall right in line by questioning the leadership of Jack Johnson. Many African Americans who are quoted are simply being used and sometimes are unaware of the overall objectives of the WP. Others just want power for themselves because they feel they can be a better Uncle Tom. Lastly, many African Americans who are employed by major industries just want to be known as an “acceptable African American leader” by promoting the WP and the business community agenda. This is why we see various quotes from so called respectable leaders who have no following but simply a title that many whites would respect and recognize. The WP only utilizes quotes that are critical of Jack Johnson that support the underlined trust of the editorial direction of the article. So when a reader sees the story and read the quotes they are convinced that the vast majority of the black community is opposed to Jack Johnson philosophy of governance. One has to keep in mind that the WP agenda has nothing to do with improving the overall economic and political health of the black community and critical to the success of this agenda is to keep the black community divided and off balance by printing negative articles (please see pages 14-26) and questioning the black political leaders’ ultimate intentions.(please see page 29 for larger text)

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The WP literally ignored one of the most important historic speech in American history-- Dr. Martin Luther King n Jr. “I have a Dream”. The short citation that they did give it was regulated to the back pages of the paper the following day. This is another powerful example on how the WP has historically treated and continues to treat the significance of African American culture and leaders.

things up. And now the WP is after the workers’ employee-funded pension plan. According to the communications workers the WP is trying to steal money from the workers pension fund to invest in the WP business ventures. This is shameful! Who is going to police the WP?
Please do not take our word for this, visit the CWA website for yourself http://www.washingtonpostunfair.com/ updates/page.jsp?itemID=27046780 It is no wonder, given the evidence cited above that the WP through its reporters tries to electronically lynch any black leader-Jack Johnson- who refuse to implement their notion of good governance in Prince George’ County or give contracts to businesses friendly to the WP according to our opinion. When any of the black leaders refuse to go along with the WP game plan, they launch “an investigation.” Below are a powerful summary and a detailed analysis of our findings and a startling different conclusion. The analysis clearly cites every single incidence where facts were distorted and in most cases completely ignored. This is a prime example that WP is not in the business of journalism. They are in the news business and the emphasis is on business. Vince Foster had it right when he concluded before his untimely suicide “that the press treats people lives like a football game.” Against this backdrop of how the WP operates its news business, we answer all of the charges and assertions levied by the WP against Jack

Communication Workers of America
Here is another powerful example of how the WP works. The WP has always appointed itself as the moral barometer. When a company or an individual have been accused either by the government or the customers or its employees of violating the law or even the spirit of the law, the WP will then write a long and damaging article on that particular individual or company. The WP will only utilize quotes that bolster its claim from so called experts to paint a picture that the company is the most horrible institution that ever existed. But when the Communication Workers of America cited the WP for unfair business practices in labor negotiations, the WP has a systematic policy to ignore any claim of wrong doing by its parent companies. It provides little or no space in the WP itself highlighting these illegal and unethical labor practices. Again, here is a clear example of how WP conducts its business and its god-like complex.

The 400 production workers at the WP have not seen a wage increase in five years. For much of that time, since May 2003, the workers have been fighting for a fair labor contract. But the WP has been holding

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III. THE PASTORS DETAILED ANALYSIS OF EACH OF THE CHARGES JULY 6, 2008 ARTICLE
It was especially distressing to us that we learned WP spent almost two years on these stories, The stories were about land transactions between but showed no evidence of wrongdoing. We were even more distressed to learn through the words county agencies and four men that WP had of the writers of these stories during online disclaimed to have personal and political ties to cussions that WP did not have the time to learn if Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnsimilar transactions happened in other local govson. The implication was prominently displayed ernments and was “narrowly focusing” on Prince at the beginning of the story with the statement, George’s County and Mr. Johnson. “When Prince George’s County agreed to lucrative public land sales, many of the winners shared As a result, we asked for the same public records one thing: ties to the county executive.” requested by WP through the Maryland Freedom of Information Act to determine how WP came On the surface, the stories appeared to be of a to the implications found in their stories. And we very serious nature. But after reading the stories determined that faced with the same information very carefully and thoroughly, they lacked any in the hands of WP that any logical person who information that Mr. Johnson was involved with was interested only in the truth would find a comsteering the transactions toward these four men. plete opposite conclusion. WP strongly implied through the use of photographs, charts and headlines that something was To put the matter into perspective, we asked ouraskew, but the stories seemed to lack evidence. selves if businessmen who had contributed to Because of our concerns, we contacted members political candidates withdraw from their business if their candidate wins. Knowing that not to be of the Johnson administration, who provided to true, we question the motivations of WP. us a list of 24 questioned asked of Mr. Johnson by Cheryl Thompson, a reporter for WP. The We also asked ourselves, were these four people questions were responded to in a very thorough the only people who did business with Prince manner in a 12-page letter to Ms. Thompson George’s County? Knowing that is also not true, almost weeks before these stories were pubwe must question why WP failed to show that lished. these four businessmen were only less than a handful of people who do business with Prince We were anguished that very little of Mr. JohnGeorge’s County. son’s response and the factual rebuttal to allegations made by Ms. Thompson were published in WP. It was even more distressing that Ms. Thomp- We also reviewed the photographs and the charts included in their stories. We found that WP pubson was provided hundreds of pages of public lished photographs of Mr. Johnson that were records through the Maryland Public Information Act that confirmed Mr. Johnson’s statements. We intentionally not flattering in order to portray him in a negative light. We have noticed this practice found it more distressing that WP ignored the public records provided to them and relied mainly especially by WP in the past when publishing photographs of Mr. Johnson. We also found that on unnamed sources, competitors or disgruntled WP published charts that had no relevance and former employees. 14 On July 6, 2008, WP newspaper published six stories under the headline “Sweetheart Deals.” The stories covered half of the front page and two full pages inside the front section. Which as a result, WP published factually incorrect stories for whatever motivation.

no explanation for their reason other than imply something was wrong or illegal.

5. Financial assistance to a project was requested by a member of the Prince George’s County Council, not the County We can find no basis for the assumption of WP Executive, as alleged by WP. We find this that Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. even more distressing since WP would Johnson played a role in the sale of property to question such a small transaction to assist four developers. Furthermore, we believe that the a small African American developer when headline and the assumptions of WP defamed hundreds of millions of dollars in similar four businessmen, the county’s processes, the financial arrangements have been made for county’s public leaders, county employees and large, non-minority companies in Prince the people of Prince George’s County in the publiGeorge’s County and throughout the cation of articles that have no basis of truth. Washington region, Maryland and the Since relevant facts were omitted, we can see United States. no reason why WP would publish such inaccuracies unless the newspaper had an established 6. The credentials of the developers were not agenda to undermine African Americans and provided and WP relied on their competitor destroy the public’s perception of the country’s as their unnamed source to discredit the most affluent African American county - Prince qualifications the developers. WP wrote George’s County. “They’re not developers,” said a longtime county businessman who spoke on condition WP ignored facts that showed that Prince of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing future George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson had contracts. “They haven’t developed anything.” no role in selecting four developers to develop on We believe that independent sources that could current and formerly-owned property. Major facts have made that judgment, such as The that were ignored by WP include: University of Maryland. We believe WP did not want the newspaper’s readers to have a 1. There was no evidence to show that balanced assessment of these developers. County Executive Jack B. Johnson or any Prince George’s County official influenced the 7. WP also omitted the statements from Mr. independent process of any county depart Johnson that explains the use partnerships ment or quasi-governmental agency. of a smaller developer with a larger developer as that criteria used was to ensure minority 2. WP was provided stacks of documents participation. WP would rather rely on an which showed transactions were approved anonymous source to discredit rather during meetings of the Redevelopment than use information from The Urban Authority and the Housing Authority, but Land Institute, one of the foremost experts in did not report these facts. Such documents urban development and redevelopment that that include information that AHD Inc. was recommends the practice where less the main partner with Amatucci Group experienced companies should become in development of the McGuire House partners to increase the capacity of the property, that Redevelopment Authority paid developers, as outlined in Mr. Johnson’s the Town of Cheverly for its interest payments. statement. “This public policy objective is a philosophy that I share and I believe was 3. Two of the developments featured were started evident in several proposals evaluated by during the term of former Wayne K. Curry. the PAGs. Several of the successful bidders are examples of these partnerships,” Mr. 4. One of the developments was started by the Johnson said in his statement to WP. Town of Cheverly which had already selected a developer. 8. WP relied on false information from people with an agenda against the Johnson

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Administration, including disgruntled former employees. 9. The authors of the June 8 stories admitted that they have “narrowly focused” on Prince George’s County rather than determining whether the transactions were normal in other governments. We find this especially disturbing since it appears WP failed to put this issue into perspective. 10. That County Executive Jack B. Johnson has no role in selecting developers of property owned by the Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority. And that he has no role in the sale of surplus property. 11. WP also omitted information when property was sold at higher than or equal to market rates. 12. Processes of the Redevelopment Authority and Housing Authority were disclosed, but key information about those processes were omitted to make it appear something was wrong with the transaction. WP erro neously wrote that the Prince George’s County government did not provide to them information about the processes that govern the transactions. Those processes were repeatedly told to the newspaper, which elected not to print.

four businessmen, the county’s processes, the county’s public leaders, county employees and the people of Prince George’s County in the publication of article that have no basis of truth. Since relevant facts were omitted, we can see no reason why WP would publish such inaccuracies unless the newspaper had an established agenda to undermine African Americans and destroy the public’s perception of the country’s most affluent African American county - Prince George’s County. WP ignored facts that showed that Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson had no role in selecting four developers to develop on current and formerly-owned property. Major facts that were ignored by WP include: 1. There was no evidence to show that County Executive Jack B. Johnson or any Prince George’s County official influenced the independent process of any county department or quasi-governmental agency. 2. WP was provided stacks of documents which showed transactions were approved during meetings of the Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority, but did not report these facts. Such documents that include information that AHD Inc. was the main partner with Amatucci Group in development of the McGuire House property, that Redevelopment Authority paid the Town of Cheverly for its interest payments 3. Two of the developments featured were started during the term of former Wayne K. Curry. 4. One of the developments was started by the Town of Cheverly which had already selected a developer. 5. Financial assistance to a project was requested by a member of the Prince George’s County Council, not the County Executive, as alleged by WP. We find this even more distressing since WP would question such a small transaction to assist a small African American developer when

Executive Summary:
Through exhaustive research by independent citizens, we found that WP wrote five articles on July 6, 2008 were based upon half-truths and inaccurate information. We reviewed public records provided to WP, The WP’s July 6 articles entitled “Sweetheart Deals,” and written responses to WP from County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his staff. We asked WP for additional information, but received no reply. We can find no basis for the assumption of WP that Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson played a role in the sale of property to four developers. Furthermore, we believe that the headline and the assumptions of WP defamed 16

hundreds of millions of dollars in similar financial arrangements have been made for large, non-minority companies in Prince George’s County and throughout the Washington region, Maryland and the United States. 6. The credentials of the developers were not provided and WP relied on their competitor as their unnamed source to discredit the qualifications the developers. WP wrote “They’re not developers,” said a longtime county businessman who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing future contracts. “They haven’t developed anything.” We believe there is a wealth of independent sources that could have made that judgment, such as The University of Maryland. We believe WP did not want the newspaper’s readers to have a balanced assessment of these developers. 7. WP also omitted the statements from Mr. Johnson that explains the use of a smaller developer with a smaller developer as that a criterion used was to ensure minority participation. WP would rather rely on an anonymous source to discredit rather than use information from The Urban Land Institute, one of the foremost experts in urban development and redevelopment that recommends the practice where less experienced companies should become partners to increase the capacity of the developers, as outlined in Mr. Johnson’s statement. “This public policy objective is a philosophy that I share and I believe was evident in several proposals evaluated by the PAGs. Several of the successful bidders are examples of these partnerships,” Mr. Johnson said in his statement to WP. 8. WP relied on false information from people with an agenda against the Johnson Administration, including disgruntled former employees. 9. The authors of the June 8 stories admitted that they have “narrowly focused” on Prince George’s County rather than determining

whether the transactions were normal in other governments. We find this especially disturbing since it appears WP failed to put this issue into perspective. 10. That County Executive Jack Johnson has no role in selecting developers of property owned by the Redevelopment Authority an the Housing Authority. And that he has no role in the sale of surplus property. 11. WP also omitted information when property was sold at higher than or equal to market rates. 12. Processes of the Redevelopment Authority and Housing Authority were disclosed, but key information about those processes were omitted to make it appear something was wrong with the transaction. WP erroneously wrote that the Prince George’s County government did not provide to them information about the processes that govern the transactions. Those processes were repeatedly told to the newspaper, which elected not to print. 13. There is many more examples detail in the accompanying supporting documentation provided in this document.

CONCLUSIONS
Our conclusions are that we are puzzled at why a newspaper as powerful as WP would exhaust so many resources on subject that impacts so few. We have yet to see such time and space dedicated to key national and international issues that impact us all. We wonder why WP would spend 19 months and publish two full pages and a half of the front page in a Sunday newspaper. Since our findings show WP omitted key facts found in documents provided to WP that contradict their findings, we can only surmise that the reporters and editors of WP published this article to justify the time and expense spent on articles that are filled with errors and half-truths. Our findings are that by the mere fact that WP refused to print both sides of an issue that the news-

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paper believes to be so important, to spend so much in resources and time, which WP has established an agenda that African Americans cannot govern. We can only believe that this agenda is established in Prince George’s County because of the tremendous strides made by its people in economic development, education and public safety and that Prince George’s County is the most affluent African American majority county in country. On July 15, The Baltimore Sun believed the tremendous improvements made by Prince George’s County students deserved the front page of their newspaper, while WP on the same day buried that same information inside its newspaper. We believe the agenda of WP is designed to have a negative perception on our young African American children, who have excelled. We question the motivation of WP in its poor coverage of the most affluent African American county in the country by its failure during the past decade to conduct similar inquiries into other jurisdictions in the region. The reporters admitted on July 7 in an online chat with readers that they don’t have the time to review other jurisdictions and that their “reporting was narrowly focused.” We can only assume as to the reasons why WP will justify similar actions by white politicians in Northern Virginia while “narrowing” their focus on African Americans. WP reporters on July 7 said their past findings of transactions in Prince George’s County caused criminal investigations, but repeatedly failed to say that investigators found nothing wrong. Why is it they will justify actions taken by white Northern Virginia politicians, without an independent investigation, but implicate African American politicians who are cleared through criminal investigations?

him. Furthermore, WP omitted his key statement that he never took any action or swayed anyone to take action with land transactions from those agencies. Additionally WP omitted that the Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority are quasi-governmental agencies with independent boards that can only be removed for cause.

Statement from County Executive Jack B. Johnson that WP refused to print:
“Let me begin by saying that the basic premise of all your questions is flawed. Our government’s review shows that since December 2002, the Office of Central Services, the Housing Authority and the Redevelopment Authority have offered for sale dozens of properties. Nearly every project you have inquired about was administered by either the Redevelopment Authority or the Housing Authority. Each of these quasi-governmental agencies has a Board of Directors, some of which were appointed by me, but all of which are confirmed by the County Council. The members of the Housing Authority serve a defined term and can only be removed for neglect of duty or misconduct. Members of the Redevelopment Authority, who also serve for defined terms, can only be removed for cause. “Consequently, they operate independently and these two authorities make all decisions related to transfer of properties they control. I have never spoken to or contacted the members of either of these authorities, directly or indirectly, to encourage or discourage them to take any action regarding projects or land dispositions. I have never spoken to members of these authorities or their staffs regarding any parcel advertised, transferred, or offered for sale. I am absolutely certain that no one could have truthfully represented anything to you or others to the contrary. I have never played any role directly or indirectly in any of these projects. Furthermore, I am personally unaware of any transactions involving these authorities that violated any rules, processes or procedures of the county charter or code, or laws of this state. “It is my further understanding that multiple prop-

FINDINGS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
FINDING: WP omitted a key statement from County Executive Jack B. Johnson that the actions taken by the Redevelopment Authority, the Housing Authority and Central Services made land transactions independent of 18

erties were advertised by these authorities as part of 11 separate and distinct projects. Proposals were invited from all interested parties and were evaluated by Proposal Analysis Groups or PAGs. I have no personal knowledge of who served on these PAGs. It is my understanding that all respondents’ proposals were evaluated under a set of established criteria and independent judgments were made. One criterion that was used, consistent with the policies of this Administration, was to ensure minority participation. This did not guarantee work for any individual or company, but it did provide opportunities for minority-owned companies to participate. It is my understanding that as a result of that criterion, joint proposals for development did occur and some were accepted. The Urban Land Institute, one of the foremost experts on urban development and redevelopment, recommends practices whereby less experienced entities should partner with more established companies to build the capacity of those capable of doing such projects. This public policy objective is a philosophy that I share and I believe was evident in several proposals evaluated by the PAGs. Several of the successful bidders are examples of these partnerships. “In addition, you also inquired about surplus properties that have been sold by the county over the past several years. Since 2004, 55 properties owned by the county have been publicly advertised for sale through the Office of Central Services. The process requires the County Council to approve the surplus of the land through legislation. These properties are separate and distinct from the dozens of parcels discussed above regarding the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities. The Office of Central Services follows established procedures set forth in our code for identifying properties to be surpluses, and taking them through advertisement to sale. I have been advised that not all were bid upon, and 20 have actually gone to sale. Every sale to a for-profit entity was based on a fair market value appraisal, and has resulted in nearly $3 million to the county. As you may recall, I committed to making land sales an essential component of assisting our hospital stay open by using the proceeds of those sales

to provide grants to Prince George’s Hospital. FINDING:: WP omitted key information that County Executive Jack B. Johnson provided full disclosure so the truth is known to the public.

Statement from County Executive Jack B. Johnson
“While I have no direct knowledge of nearly every project you to which you refer in your letter, I am eager to see full disclosure. I am sure your readers and the residents of Prince George’s County would want and expect the same. I have asked staff to research these questions. We are disclosing all the information regardless of whether we are required to do so by the Maryland Public Information Act because I am certain that neither I, nor anyone working at my direction from my staff, exercised any influence over land decisions you inquired about. I want the truth to be publicly known. Specific answers are given for each and every question you posed. In the public interest of full disclosure, I expect that WP will print both my response here and the specific answers to each of your questions. Only through this process can we ensure that the entire public knows of both your insinuations and the truth about development and redevelopment in this county. “One last point I will make is that during my review of these transactions, I wanted to ensure that we have a transparent process. Consequently, I have tasked my Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Brown, to conduct an internal review of the processes used by all agencies or authorities for the disposition of publicly-owned land. I have further asked her to ensure that we develop processes whereby any parcel slated to be sold or transferred be evaluated as to whether it has substantial value, and that under no circumstance should any parcel transferred to a forprofit entity be done without a competitive bidding process through an RFP. She has begun this review, and I will take any necessary actions, including changes in procedures if warranted, to ensure the transparency and efficiency of all land transfers.” FINDING: WP omitted key information that

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William A.ill Youngblood and Richard Amatucci were each members of joint ventures with experienced development companies. Additionally, WP omitted key facts about the development experience of both Mr. Youngblood and Mr. Amatucci. Additionally, WP ignored public documents provided to the newspaper through the Maryland Public Information Act that confirmed the two men were parties to joint ventures. Response to WP to The WP’s question: “Why were development contracts given to people who acknowledge that they have little or no development experience, such as Bill Youngblood and Richard Amatucci?” The county responded: “A search of the records shows each of these individuals were part of joint ventures with experienced development companies. I might add that Mr. Amatucci has more than 25 years of finance experience with the largest multifamily financing company in the world, Fannie Mae, in which he served as vice president for operations before his retirement. According to Housing Authority records, Richard Amatucci is part of an experienced joint venture team including Affordable Housing Developers, Inc. AHD has decades of successful multifamily development experience, and is one of the largest, if not the largest, developers of multifamily housing in the region. Washington WP reporter Cheryl Thompson was told by a county spokeswoman that Mr. Amatucci was a minority equity partner involved with the financing of the project. Any records that indicate otherwise are in error. Mr. Amatucci is a 20% partner in this project. As you know, financing for large multi-family projects leveraging federal resources is a complex process and that is why AHD had partnered with someone with relevant and critical expertise. Documents provided to WP through the Maryland Public Information Act confirmed AHD and Amatucci were partners. “Mr. Youngblood has been in the development business since 1996. He has worked with teams of developers that include Federal Capital Partners (FCP) and Centex. FCP was founded in 1999 and owns or manages an $850 million 20

portfolio of multi-family, office, industrial and retail properties in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Centex Homes is a national homebuilder that was founded in 1950. Furthermore, Mr. Youngblood’s partnership on the property in Cheverly is with Republic Properties. In addition, Mr. Youngblood had entered into discussions with the Town of Cheverly concerning this piece of property before Jack Johnson was ever elected County Executive.” The documents provided to WP through the Maryland Public Information Act shows that on July 28, 2005 The Redevelopment Authority and Point at Cheverly LLC entered into a development agreement. Point at Cheverly LLC is made up of a partnership created by Stepping Stones and Republic Cheverly Partners. This information disputes WP assumption that the developer was not qualified. What is most interesting is that Bradley Farrar, who was quoted extensively by WP, was the administrator of the project, the documents show. FINDING: WP used an unnamed source in an attempt to dispute the credential of Mr. Youngblood and Mr. Amatucci. The unnamed source was identified as someone who apparently competes with Mr. Youngblood and Mr. Amatucci and was afraid to have his name used because he was fearful he would not be able to conduct future business with the county. WP also failed to qualify what development experience their unnamed source has to make that judgment. WP writes: “They’re not developers,” said a longtime county businessman who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing future contracts. “They haven’t developed anything.” WP did not attempt to confirm this statement through independent sources that justify this statement. We believe this statement was designed to confirm The WP agenda. FINDING: WP omitted the response that the implication of “ties” was offensive and inaccurate. Response to WP question: “Why were six

contracts in the March 2004 RFP issued through the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities awarded to people with ties to you.” The county response was: “First off, we resent the insinuation of the term “ties.” You also suggest the concept of “ties” to some of the contract awardees. If you mean “know” in some way, the answer is fairly obvious. Over the course of Mr. Johnson’s more than 20 years of public service, he has come to know tens of thousands of county residents and business owners and has been supported by many more in the eight countywide elections in which he has run beginning in 1994. Mr. Johnson has stated previously that he has had no contact, directly or indirectly, with the PAGs, or any authority members concerning the disposition of land or the selection of any bidder on any project.” FINDING: WP omitted key facts that the property was sold at fair market value and that there are dozens of similar transactions within the Prince George’s County government. We question the agenda of WP for focusing on small African American businessmen. Furthermore, WP was provide pages of documents including contracts, minutes of meeting and appraisals that show that the transactions were conducted through normal channels and in public meetings. Response to WP: “The Request for Proposal process, commonly known as an RFP, is a competitive process. The Housing Authority and the Redevelopment Authority follow a process in the awarding of numerous contracts in any given month. They have been involved in dozens of transactions since 2003. Since both authorities are quasigovernmental agencies with their own governing boards, they have processes that allow the sale of property through an RFP or through unsolicited proposals. For unsolicited proposals, sale to for-profit companies are done at fair market value. All actions, however, are approved by their respective independent boards, whose members are appointed and subsequently confirmed by the County Council. The county executive had no influence in their deliberations.”

FINDING: WP omitted key information about projects built during the Johnson Administration and failed to provide information on the reasons the projects they referenced had not been completed. Although The WP question “Why has little been built to those who have gotten development contracts during your tenure?” is confusing, the Johnson Administration provided a detailed answer. Response to WP: “Your assumption is wrong when you consider the artists’ lofts in Mount Rainier, Gateway Arts District, and redevelopment of the Palmer Park shopping center, Victory Housing and acquisition and demolition of Suitland Manor. Most developments take years from the time of conception to groundbreaking. Acquisition of properties and financing are only a part of the process. You must take into account zoning or rezoning of properties, land-use issues and that must go through local, state and sometimes federal review processes. Most projects take 3-5 years to go from conception to occupancy, depending on the complexity of the issues involved. One large project, National Harbor, was still stalled nearly two decades after the development was first conceived.”’ FINDING: WP refused to report that the development of the parcels were in the county’s older communities that had been overlooked by more established developers. Response to WP: Answer: [T] the County Executive said very explicitly, was for many years there were places in Prince George’s County where many of the more established developers had not been interested in doing projects. He said that some areas have been overlooked for decades. He was speaking in general terms primarily about our older, established communities. He said it was difficult to get major developers to focus on the inner-beltway communities. As evidence he cited the Eastern and Southern Avenue corridors and how little development there had been for some thirty to fifty years. FINDING: WP relied on disgruntled former employees for the basis of their reporting rather

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than using factual information. WP omitted criticism of the source or did not ask for rebuttal of an allegation made by a source. WP wrote: “They’re giving away the county revenue,” said Carolyn Scriber, former director of the agency that handles county-owned property, whom Johnson replaced shortly after taking office. “That doesn’t seem like a good deal for the taxpayers.” The response provided to WP concerning Ms. Scriber’s statement was omitted. “Every property surpluses through the Office of Central Services was sold at or above fair market value based on an independent appraisal. From a starting point, the comment is clearly made in error. I’ll point out to you that the county’s AAA bond rating, the best bond rating available, indicates differently. “The county’s management practices are considered strong under Standard & Poor’s Financial Management Assessment.” Additionally, on June 22, 2008, WP editorial board said that the AAA bond rating “suggests that the administration of County Executive Jack B. Johnson has adhered to sound financial and budgetary policies…” I believe Standard & Poor’s independent review of the finances of Prince George’s County are more credible than this opinion of a disgruntled former employee who has no basis of knowledge for her statement. This individual has been the “source” for much of your newspapers writings over the past five years, and these “leads” have consistently provided you and your paper with incorrect information.” WP also claimed, based upon only the words of another disgruntled former employee, that the county made interest payments for a developer. His statement was contradicted by public records, which was information provided to WP prior to publication. We also question why this former employee, who was a former Deputy Director, would rather complain to a newspaper instead of his superiors. “The directives to pay the interest payment came from the county executive’s office,” said Bradley Farrar, former deputy director of the Redevelopment Authority. “There is no doubt in my mind 22

about that. Tommie [Thompson] told me that the county executive wants us to make sure this gets handled appropriately. I can’t recall us ever doing that in other transactions,” Farrar said. “Now, would they have done that for any other Joe Blow developer who walks in off the street? Probably not. That really is unusual.” WP omitted the response, based upon public records, to this accusation made by Mr. Farrar. “No such payment was ever made according to public records. The settlement statement shows interest payments were made for the Town of Cheverly for this project to the mortgage company on a note generated by the town. This redevelopment project was begun by the Town of Cheverly prior to the Johnson Administration. The town was attempting to develop the property with a developer of its own choosing, Stepping Stones Development Company and Mr. Youngblood. Our understanding is that the town had a relationship with Mr. Youngblood prior to Jack Johnson being elected County Executive. The town had run into financial problems, according to a November 26, 2003 letter from former Cheverly Mayor Larry S. Beyna. The Redevelopment Authority purchased the property from the town, at the town’s request, in order to allow the project to continue. The interest payment on the settlement sheet went to the Town of Cheverly per the contract agreement. This was in keeping with the agreement for the purchase price to cover all of the town’s costs. The town had selected the developer prior to the Redevelopment Authority’s involvement. There have been no interest payments made by the Redevelopment Authority for the developer according to public records. It is amazing to us that WP received pages and pages of public records where Mr. Farrar’s statement was challenged, but WP instead highlighted his statement rather than rely on the records. FINDING: WP reporter, Cheryl Thompson, was told repeatedly and in writing that Affordable Housing Developers was the main developer of McGuire House and that Richard Amatucci was a minority developer. Additionally, records provided to Ms. Thompson through the Maryland Public

But WP omitted key information they received from the county, “No such payment was ever WP reported, “The deal instead went to made according to public records. The settleAmatucci Group, headed by Richard Amatucci, ment statement shows interest payments were who has helped Johnson raise campaign funds made for the Town of Cheverly for this project funds.”WP omitted, “According to Housing to the mortgage company on a note generated Authority records, Richard Amatucci is part of an by the town. This redevelopment project was experienced joint venture team including Affordbegun by the Town of Cheverly prior to the Johnable Housing Developers, Inc. AHD has decades son Administration. The town was attempting to of multifamily development experience. AHD is develop the property with a developer of its own one of, if not the largest, developers of multifamily choosing, Stepping Stones Development Comhomes in the region. AHD owns an 80% interest pany and Mr. Youngblood. Our understanding is in this project. AHD is the main contractor and that the town had a relationship with Mr. Youngtheir ownership interest in this project far exceeds blood prior to Jack Johnson being elected County that of the minority partner.” Executive. The town had run into financial problems, according to a November 26, 2003 letter Housing Authority documents provided to WP from former Cheverly Mayor Larry S. Beyna. The identified AHD as the prime bidder of the develRedevelopment Authority purchased the property opment of McGuire House. Those documents from the town, at the town’s request, in order include the April 21, 2005 letter of intent from the to allow the project to continue. The interest payHousing Authority that states AHD and Amatucci ment on the settlement sheet went to the Town of group would form McGuire House LLC as a part- Cheverly per the contract agreement. This was nership to develop the property. This conflicts with in keeping with the agreement for the purchase what was published by WP that Amatucci was the price to cover all of the town’s costs. The town developer. had selected the developer prior to the Redevelopment Authority’s involvement. There have been We found it particularly interesting that throughout no interest payments made by the Redeveloppublic records provided to WP, that AHD was ment Authority for the developer according to repeatedly identified as the developer. We quespublic records.” tion the motives of WP for failing to rely on those records. FINDING: WP omitted factual information that the County Council member who represented the FINDING: WP omitted key facts that the Point Cheverly area had requested a public/private partof Cheverly project was begun by the Town of nership be established to provide parking at the Cheverly and Bill Youngblood prior to the Johnson Point of Cheverly project. The parking structure Administration. The WP also relied on former would be financed through Tax Incremental financdisgruntled county employees in an attempt to dis- ing, where additional property taxes assessed on pute public records that no interest payments were the property would finance the public garage. We made for Mr. Youngblood by the county. Additionfind it ever so distressing that WP would question ally, WP was provided a copy of the purchase cona financing mechanism officer an African American

Information Act says AHD and Amatucci were partners in the project. Ms. Thompson continued to write that Mr. Amatucci was the developer to provide her premise that someone who knows Mr. Johnson was the main developer. We can only believe Ms. Thompson ignored the truth in order to besmirch the reputations of Mr. Amatucci and Mr. Johnson. WP also omitted the fact that Mr. Amatucci has more than 25 years of finance experience as an executive with Fannie Mae, the largest multifamily financing company in the world.

tract between the Redevelopment Authority and the Town of Cheverly that shows that the interest payments were made to the Town of Cheverly. WP wrote: “Youngblood also received help in 2003 when he failed to make a $2,800 monthly interest payment in his agreement with Cheverly. The county paid it for him, according to records and interviews.”

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developer while The WP has not questioned similar financing for non-minorities. We can only believe that question will never be answered since WP does not have the time to explore other governments since it is so “narrowly focused” on Prince George’s County and its African American leaders and businessmen. The answer provided to WP about this transactions. “As WP already knows, Stepping Stones, Mr. Youngblood’s company, had been negotiating with a well established and successful developer, Cushman and Wakefield. The County Executive told Cushman and Wakefield of Maryland Inc., that he would support a public-private partnership to build a parking garage on the site to provide parking for the development in the inner Beltway community. This was done after being urged to do so by a member of the County Council, as public records show. The construction could be financed through Tax Incremental Financing (TIF), where additional property taxes assessed on the property would finance the public garage. The TIF process, which requires approval by the County Council, has been used for several projects to promote economic development. Since the beginning of this Administration, more than $200 Million in TIFs have been adopted to stimulate economic development on projects deemed to be of high value to the county and its residents. You should also be aware that Stepping Stones is now partnered with Republic Properties, another huge development company which has the majority interest in the project, just as Cushman and Wakefield did in the past. Stepping Stones was always a minority partner in the project.” FINDING: WP wrote half of its article on Mirza H.A. Baig on a transaction that was never completed. Additionally, WP omitted information that Mr. Baig decided not to purchase the property because it was about twice of what he wanted to pay. We are very much confused on the relevance of this transactions other than to try to embarrass Mr. Baig and Mr. Johnson. The explanation provided to WP. “There was an unsolicited proposal submitted to the Redevelopment Authority by a developer on the Maryland Park Drive property based upon payment at the 24

fair market value of the property. Our understanding is that the sale of property has never been closed. Any effort to transfer the property was stalled when after a full appraisal was completed on the property at the direction of the Redevelopment Authority, and its fair market value was determined to be $1.1 million, an amount well in excess of the unsolicited $520,000 proposal. It is our understanding that after the appraisal, the potential developer abandoned the project.” FINDING: WP took a statement from Raymond A. Skinner, the former director of the county Housing Department, out of context. The WP wrote that Mr. Skinner criticized unsolicited proposals. But WP omitted the county’s response to Mr. Skinner which noted that Mr. Skinner was working as a developer at the time of his response and was a competitor to the four businessmen chronicled in WP. The county’s response said, “Our staff spoke to Secretary Skinner who said his comments were taken out of context, and made after he was part of a team that was the unsuccessful bidder on an RFP. Unsolicited proposals have been considered throughout the history of the Redevelopment Authority, including during the past administration. It is our understanding that all unsolicited proposals for the purchase of Redevelopment Authority properties by for-profit companies were done at fair market value of the property after an appraisal of property.” FINDING: WP omitted the county’s explanation for the requirement of charitable contributions from developers. WP also did not ask the county government or Mr. Johnson for comments about charitable contributions were required, but were not made. The statement from the county puts the use of contributions to communities in perspective that these are practices that are common and have historically been used. The omitted statement from the county says, “In some instances the Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority would require that successful bidders, after winning a contract, make contributions to charitable and community organizations to enhance the community, based upon community priorities. This was somewhat akin to

RFP process. All state and local laws, rules and covenants were followed in the sale of the property to the highest responsive bidder. According to public records, the highest bidder was not responsive to the concerns raised by those in the affected community, and was merely someone who would acquire the property and flip it for a FINDING: WP intentionally deleted information profit to develop large single-family homes. In fact, implying that Mr. Johnson assisted Mr. Abdusthat bidder offered a one-page response to the Salaam in obtaining county-owned property in RFP stating he was a broker and his intent was to Laurel. flip the property to build an unspecified number of homes. There was extensive dialogue with comStatement to WP:” Mr. Abdus-Salaam said he has munity residents during this process that began never spoken with Mr. Johnson about the Laurel with notification that the property was on the surdevelopment or any other development, at all. The plus list. The sale to Structures Unlimited, Inc. County Executive has said previously that he has was partly predicated on the desires of the local never spoken to any person in connection with civic association to have green space, including a these projects. More specifically, Mr. Johnson park. Structures unlimited addressed the commuhas said there was never a conversation with Mr. nity needs and provided amenities and guaranAbdul-Salaam about this piece of property or any tees sought in the RFP. Furthermore, the property other development.” sold for an amount that was $400,000 above the appraised value. In addition, you have previously We were very much amused with the news story inquired about whether this parcel was contracted on Mr. Abdus-Salaam since he was a supporter for within the specified two-year time requirement. of Mr. Johnson’s opponent during two elections. Upon further review by legal counsel, the contract Additionally, Information provided to WP showed was executed within the prescribed time. The Mr. Abdus-Salaam began work on this project County Executive had no role in the competitive during the administration of former County bidding process or the selection of purchasers of Executive Wayne K. Curry, who was also a this or any county-owned property. support of Mr. Johnson opponent. FINDING: WP omitted information that the FINDING: WP ignored information found in process for an unsolicited proposal from Kareem public records that showed that Kareem AbdulsAbdus-Salaam to purchase county-owned land was Salaam presented a more detailed site development begun during the administration of former County plan for property on Swanson Road. The pages Executive Wayne K. Curry. of documents submitted Mr. Abdus-Salaam were complete with plans about the density of the housInformation provided to WP: Unsolicited proposing and parks, while the only other bidder submitals have been considered throughout the history ted a one page, faxed document. WP also ignored of the Redevelopment Authority, including during information in public records and in a statement the past administration. It is our understanding from the county that the community was concerned that unsolicited proposals for the purchase of of the density of development on the property as a Redevelopment Authority properties to for-profit reason for selecting Mr. Abdus-Salaam’s companies were for fair market value of the propproposal. erty after an appraisal of property. The Laurel property, an underutilized Park and Ride lot on Information provided to WP: “The Swanson Road Rt. 197, was placed under contract at fair market property was surplus county property and its dis- value after the unsolicited proposal was subposal was authorized by the County Council. The mitted. The proposal from the developer would sale of the property was administered by the improve the property by development of marketOffice of Central Services through a competitive priced housing while at the same time the

the contribution to the community for the construction of the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex that was paid for by the late Jack Kent Cooke as a part of the development of FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins.”

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property would retain its public use as a commuter parking lot. The sale of property has not been closed since the developer is still going through the development process (zoning, land use, etc.). In addition, the proposed developer began working with county officials during the prior administration, beginning in 2000. He was told by the former Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation to put together an unsolicited proposal. He was also directed to secure appropriate releases for relevant easements and parking requirements from WMATA and the Federal Transit Administration, even though he did not control the property, and did so at his own expense. He conducted various studies, including boring sampling and others to determine the appropriate development use of the parcel. It is our understanding that

Mr. Salaam has been working on this parcel for nearly eight years and has invested considerably at the direction of former county officials of the prior administration. When Mr. Johnson had taken office in December of 2002, much of the critical work had already been in the process or completed. All county, state and federal laws, codes and covenants were followed by the Redevelopment Authority and were approved by the Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors, an appointed independent board whose members were confirmed by the County Council. The County Executive had no influence on their deliberations. What would Katharine Graham say about this article and the rebuttal? Did she labor so long and hard for her beloved newspaper to be considered as racist by the vast majority of African Americans in the metro area? Is this her legacy?

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IV. AN ANALYSIS OF NEGATIVE IMAGES AND WORDS PUBLISHED IN WP ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM JUNE 22 - JULY 31, 2008
We commissioned several journalism students to review WP from June 22 to July 31, 2008. Here is what they found in their scientific analysis of negative words and images of African Americans.

July
July 1 12 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County and one positive one. (I) Reinforcement of Stereotypes (7). There was a story of Fairfax County dealing with its foreclosure problem contrast that to a large picture of Jack Johnson and his two of his aides talking about something going wrong in the county. July 2 4 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and the first time showed a picture (very small) of a white murder suspect July 3 5 negative images of African Americans and (3) those are focus on Prince Georges County July 4 3 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County and one positive image July 5 5 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) negative image for Fairfax. July 6 Front page cover story of the Jack Johnson and two full page of coverage on the Sweetheart Deals. 6 negative image of African Americans and (6) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 7 2 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 8 4 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County.

Keys to the results

(N) Negative =196 (P) Positive = 21 (PPGCI) Positive Prince George’s County Images = 2 (NIPGC) Negative Images of Prince George’s County = 55 (V) Virginia = 1 (I) Reinforcement of negatives stereotypes = 11 June 22 3 negative images of African Americans June 23 6 negative images of African Americans and (2) of those are focus on Prince Georges County June 24 3 negative images of African Americans June 25 4 negative images of African Americans and a positive one June 26 8 negative images of African Americans and (2) of those are focus on Prince Georges County. June 27 4 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County. June 28 9 negative images of African Americans and (4) those are focus on Prince Georges County and a positive one. There is a picture of Jack Johnson cutting the budget by $48 million dollars. June 29 5 negative images of African Americans and (2) positive images. June 30 5 negative images of African Americans and (3) positive image (I) Picture of a negative stereotype of an African American.

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July 9 4 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image and one negative image of Virginia. July 10 6 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (2) positive images. July 11 4 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 12 3 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County. This is the third time they ran the large picture of Jack Johnson. July 13 2 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County, (I) negative stereotype of an African American. July 14 6 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (2) positive images. (I) Reinforcement of stereotypes (4) July 15 5 negative images of African Americans and (3) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 16 7 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 17 3 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (2) positive images. July 18 4 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image. July 19 4 negative images of African Americans and (3) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image.

July 20 7 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image of Prince George’s County. One enforcement of stereotype July 21 9 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 22 6 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 23 5 negative images of African Americans and (3) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image. 1 negative of Northern Va. July 24 6 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image. July 25 4 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image. July 26 6 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image. July 27 2 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince George’s County and (1) positive image. July 28 6 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 29 2 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) positive image. July 30 2 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (2) positive images (1) of which is for Prince George’s County. July 31 4 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County and (2) positive images.

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AAA Bond Rating
With a triple AAA bond rating and the development of the National Harbor --- the most important development on the eastern seaboard of the United States in ten years, we believe the WP has stepped up its criticism because they refuse to allow Prince George’s County to become the economic engine of the region when according to the WP they are incapable of running the county government. This is the type of suspicion that the WP want to plant in the minds of the power structure in the region. This is based upon our research of the WP (please see pages 14-26) the amount of negative stories in words and images on Prince George’s County. The objective of the WP is to build sufficient suspicion around the leadership of County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his government in the minds of the residents and others of Prince George’s County, thus leaving him politically vulnerable to his political enemies. The WP true objective here is to maintain its political dominance in shaping the political agenda for all local political jurisdictions. They do this through the Board of Trade and the Federal City Council. Both of these organizations are dominated by political and economic interests and their objective is to make sure that they have the only voice that shapes regional public policies. They do not want to see an independent black political class emerge. Prince George’s County, through the numbers which we cited is a potential growing threat to the white power structure. So when they see a strong independent leader like Jack Johnson, they decide to launch an in-depth investigation concerning his style of governance. Remember, as stated before, the objective is not to prove anything, but to raise suspicion and thus undermine his leadership by questioning the way he governs. Many African Americans who are unaware of the WP strategic political and economic goals fall right in line by questioning the leadership of Jack Johnson. Many African Americans who are quoted are simply being used and sometimes are unaware of the overall objectives of the WP. Others just want power for themselves because they feel they can be a better Uncle Tom. Lastly, many African Americans who are employed by major industries just want to be known as an “acceptable African American leader” by promoting the WP and the business community agenda. This is why we see various quotes from so called respectable leaders who have no following but simply a title that many whites would respect and recognize. The WP only utilizes quotes that are critical of Jack Johnson that support the underlined trust of the editorial direction of the article. So when a reader sees the story and read the quotes they are convinced that the vast majority of the black community is opposed to Jack Johnson philosophy of governance. One has to keep in mind that the WP agenda has nothing to do with improving the overall economic and political health of the black community and critical to the success of this agenda is to keep the black community divided and off balance by printing negative articles (please see pages 14-26) and questioning the black political leaders’ ultimate intentions.

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