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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 Rev. Vigil Roberts


Word scape Ministries

Rev. Dr. Edwin L. Jones Sr. Rev. Jane Johnson


Living Faith Baptist Church We Care Ministries Int’l

Bishop Robert C. Gilson, PhD Apostle Dr. Anthony T. Adams


Faith Deliverance Worldwide

Rev. Geraldine Reed Rev. Marie Armstead


Focus Ministries

Rev. Gladys M. Strickland Rev. Alan Horton


Guildfield Baptist Church
Rev. Antonio Lowery
Guildfield Baptist Church Rev. Darrell Lewis, Pastor
Family Fellowship Church

Rev. Elijah Sutton, Pastor Rev. Peggy Fields


Guildfield Baptist Church Guildfield Baptist Church

Rev. Tommy Lee Gilbert Rev Dr. Anthony T. Mays


Guildfield Baptist Church Breakthrough Bible College

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WP was all too eager to cover the case and
I. Cover Statement 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
The proceeding narrative is a detailed response WP will cite to tell the world again that African
to the Washington Post (WP) charges against American leadership is extremely wanting in
the Prince George’s County government published every area. The story is being covered and
July 6, 2008 titled “Sweetheart Deals”. The pas- the manner in which it is being reported is
tors’ response provides a clear analysis on how because Mayor Calvo and his wife is an attrac-
and why the WP chooses to attack the adminis- tive white couple. The Mayor is portrayed as
tration of Prince George’s County Executive Jack if he is equal to Jack Johnson in stature and
B. Johnson, thus continuously trying to undermine political power. The WP always play up the
his leadership by placing him under a cloud of racial part of the story. WP is the biggest
suspicion even though they have yet to prove any instigators of creating racial tension in the
criminality or ethical concerns over these many metro area. Now all of a sudden Mayor Calvo
years. The pastors know that Jack B. Johnson is who is a small, small town Mayor is an expert
an honorable, decent, Christian man married to on law enforcement. This is why he is being
one wife. They understand that these types of invited on national television like Fox News
strong black men have been targeted by the WP for his expert opinion. This reminds us how
for character assassination before. This is why Sarah Palin, who is governor of a small, small
they choose to conduct this analysis and stand by State, is now qualified to be a heartbeat away
Jack Johnson. from the presidency. This is the biggest joke
in the world. The only thing you can conclude
We provide the reader with an analysis of how here is that the WP is the largest racist in the
the WP has consistently insulted the intelligence metro area. The WP is not terribly concerned
of its African American audience and systemati- with the large bundle of drugs mailed to the May-
cally wage a journalistic war against its leaders or’s home but has given a large amount of cover-
or anyone who dares to speak truth to power. age concerning how the raid was conducted. This
We reviewed all of the documents which were is another incident that the WP will cite to tell
requested by the WP through the Freedom of the world again that African American leadership
Information Act by the Prince George’s County is extremely wanting in every area. The average
government and our conclusions are radically WP reader is unaware of the tactics employed
different from what was published in the WP on by the WP to byline the black community and its
July 6, 2008. leaders.

Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo


The only thing they see is the picture
Since then, another story has emerged concern- of the black person and the negative
ing Prince George’s County which calls in to headlines. They also witness the
question the procedures of the Prince George’s
County Police Department. The jest of the case is
constant articles being written and their
that a large package of marijuana was mailed to only reaction is “What have they done
the wife of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s now?” The goal of the WP is to have the
home. The sheriff department was tipped off
and they along with the Prince George’s County
reader associate negative images
Police Department executed a “no knock war- whenever the name Prince George’s
rant”. The Mayor’s dogs were killed in the raid County is printed.
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
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and pictures are having a devastating effect on majority of readers have articulated over the
black people in general and black children in years that the WP has a political agenda that is
particular. We will demonstrate this in the course closely tied to their economic goals. This notion
of this narrative. is strongly shared by different communities (both
black and white) across the metropolitan area that
Katharyn Johnston, a 92 year old has significant human and economic capital at
African American woman was stake. The primary reason why they do not speak
out about this is because they are afraid that the
brutally murdered
WP will launch an investigation of them and their
companies, thus undermining the hard work that
This story is also a perfect example of how
the WP directs the reader to focus on whatever Remember,
they have put in up until that point.
issues in the story they want to emphasize. In the WP does not have to prove anything.
this case, it was not about the drugs or its origin,
but about the procedure in which the warrant
Truth is arbitrary. The goal of the WP
was executed ---- thus highlighting through its edi- is simply to raise suspicion.
torial approach --- the ineffectiveness the Prince
George’s County Sheriff and County Police. Con- Let us never forget that the WP is a business
trast this to when Katharyn Johnston, a 92 year that does not necessarily have as its core busi-
old African American woman was brutally mur- ness model lofty journalistic principles like bal-
dered by the Atlanta Police Department and when ance and fair coverage and objective analysis as
white policemen planted drugs in her home to their driving principles. Our analysis is based
justify their assassination of her. We did not wit- upon over 50 years of reading and interpreting
ness the powerful editorial arm of the WP sum- this newspaper from us (readers) who have a
moning federal officials and the White House to vested interest in building a fair and balanced civil
argue the civil rights abuse of Ms. Johnston and society and strengthening our democratic prin-
calling for the firing of the Chief of Police and ciples based upon a plurality of perspectives as
the jailing of those who were responsible for her advocated by our founding fathers. Our founding
death. Nor did we witness the relentless coverage fathers in their careful deliberations constructed
of this tragic story (more than 6 - 9 stories cover- a system of checks and balances not only for gov-
ing different angles of the case) like the story of ernment, but for those private public entities that
Mayor Calvo. The WP sees itself as a national has constitutional protection like the press. Their
newspaper, but argues it is local as well. They goal was never to allow one entity to dominate the
have a schizophrenia editorial personality. We rest of society.
believe they conveniently become a local news- This was the driving principle that
paper to sensationalize and exploit local stories
that help to improve their bottom line and push
the American Revolution was fought---
forward their political agenda. This is especially neither the crown nor the WP shall
true when it comes to Prince George’s County. rule.1
WP Political Agenda An Appeals Court upheld a Fox News decision
to completely edit an investigative report done
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. and strengthening civil society. This can only be
The reporters of the piece who refused to go arrived at properly in a court of law and not in
along with the edits citing bad science were fired the pages of the WP. The WP and any other
because Fox News was afraid to be sued by newspaper should resist the temptation of serving
the manufacturer of the growth hormone drug. as judge and jury before all facts are properly
Canada banned this growth hormone drug sev- aired. To do so, the WP severely undermines the
eral years ago. A majority of scientific papers core values of good journalism. Instead, it should
linked the growth hormone to cancer. The WP be raising questions surrounding the drugs which
understands that as a result of this decision they were found and the execution of the warrant -
have the right to edit and completely ignore any where did the drugs come from? What was the
facts they choose because the law says they can original intent of the drug dealers? How can we
publish whatever they want and truth is not the prevent other law abiding citizens from getting
ultimate barometer or the determining factor in caught up in such a dangerous situation? Is
their editorial direction. The WP like other media this likely to continue? Was the raid carried out
is legally allowed to dominate and shape the by the police an example of the effectiveness of
news because they can and they are always look- the Prince George’s County Sheriff and Police
ing at their bottom line. It is our opinion that this Department use of intelligence? Any questions
is exactly what the WP did in their article of July other than these by the WP could be viewed
6. However, if you closely look at our detailed as biased against the Prince George’s County
response on pages 14 through 26 you will come government. Therefore, we believe that
to the same conclusion we did. They not only procedure should be looked at but not exclusively
overlook the facts, they completely ignored them thus negating other areas of the investigation. By
simply because they can legally do so. failing to ask these questions cited above and
pushing the reader in a different editorial direc-
WP as the Moral Barometer tion, it tends to lead the reader in a direction
where the facts are inadequate to support the
The WP has taken on the mantle over the years perspective of the WP in the Calvo’s story.
as the moral barometer in the metro area. This
means that they are so self-righteous that they In the context of this narrative under the first sec-
will determine what is the truth and anyone dis- tion, (Case Against the WP) we spelled out in
agreeing with them will be investigated. It seems graphic details how the WP uses these incidents
to us that their editorial muscle is only applied to get federal law enforcement officials involved
selectively based upon race as a one of the miti- (they do this by reporting multiple stories and
gating factors and the potential economic windfall raising suspicion---in most cases when there is
from advertisers. This is the height of their no new substantial evidence to report) so that
editorial hypocrisy. they can report in subsequent stories that this
incident is now under federal review, thus painting
Our analysis is in no way trying to undermine the a picture of chaos and bylining the effectiveness
serious issues surrounding the possible of the Prince George’s County government under
violation of civil liberties and due process clause the leadership of County Executive Jack B. John-
of the constitution in the Calvo case. To do son. This is a way to give the story legs as they
so will undermine our original intent of building 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 docu-
ment. 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.
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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 The reader is often left trying to separate facts
reporters writing on the general health and from fiction. When the story appeared about Jack
welfare of a society. Reporters just like anyone Johnson (July 6) we did not know what to believe
else cannot arbitrarily write anything that they and why the Washington Post (WP) continues to
know is false or overlook the facts. They are go after this honorable man.
entrusted by the virtues of society to write only
the truth and to do it in a way that it does not Critical Questions
cause unnecessary conflict, chaos or confusion,
but build upon the principles of community which The WP can care less about harming the moral
should lead to a just civil society. character of Jack Johnson or the impact this
article or any other article will have on his family
Journalism Standard Bearers or the residents of Prince George’s County. The
WP never pauses to ask itself. Does the article
All too often this society has produced reporters accurately portray the truth? Is the article fair?
who do not possess nor believe in the principles Have any of the facts been omitted or ignored?
and ethics of their profession. Their goal is to Does the article portray the highest form of
write to entertain and not to inform, to gain journalistic ethics? What is the aim of the article?
popularity and not respect, to focus on the money How does the article promote a just civil society?
and the prizes and ignore the principles of Is there any institutional bias against Jack
journalism and the truth. Today reporters no Johnson or the Prince George’s County
longer are expected to write objectively about the government or black people? Has the WP done
subject matter. They also are allowed to go on everything in their power to make sure that its
television or online to give their personal rather article and the presentation of the facts does not
than their professional opinion about the subject harm the reputation of those who are
after their piece has been aired or published. innocent? Does the WP have a predetermined
Roger Mudd, Sig Mickelson, Walter Cronkite, goal to simply raise suspicion to motivate
Fred Friendly and Murrell, who are the standard regulatory and law enforcement officials to
bearers of good journalism would not have become involved prior to any violation of
recognized nor approve of the dual role that regulations or laws? Does this article at all have
reporters have assumed of both commentators as its core motivation a profit center and fulfilling
and reporters. a political agenda? Will this article cast a shadow
of suspicion on black political leaders and thus
play into the stereotypical notion of African
This would have been journalism American people and their lack of intelligence?
heresy to them. Is there any respect
for truth anymore? Do the reporters care about the truth and how it
is portrayed and who is harmed? Is the article
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balanced? We believe that these questions Prince George’s County is estimated to have
should have been asked and pondered given the 115,000 households or 37.2 percent with incomes
fact that they took nineteen months to produce above $75,000 in 2004.
these series of articles. The article clearly enun-
ciates a rush to judgment, ignoring and distorting Scarborough Research conducted for WP in 2004
all of the facts and was concerned only to have found that of the Prince George’s County
this published so that it can become part of the residents surveyed:
body of their work. We answered these charges in
a detailed analysis from pages 20 through 41 and • 23.1 percent has shopped at conventional
clearly demonstrate how the WP cleverly goes or fashion department stores located outside
about distorting the facts. the county in the past 30 days.

We were not willing to idly stand by and allow


• 16 percent reported shopping at fashion
department stores in the county in the past
the WP to assassinate the moral character of
30 days.
the entire African American community of Prince
Georges County and the courageous and strong
• 17.7 percent reported shopping at regional
malls outside of the county anchored by
political leadership of our beloved leader Jack B.
fashion department stores in the past 30 days.
Johnson. (Please note the ground breaking
evidences concerning the negative images and words
of the African American community as portrayed in
• 50 percent had shopped at conventional or
fashion department stores outside the county
the WP from June 22, to July 31, 2008 p.27-28).
in the past three months. 35.6 percent
reported shopping at fashion department
For years the WP has been accused of being bias
stores located outside the county in the past
against the African American community. We
three months.
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
• 63.3 percent reported shopping at regional
malls outside the county anchored by fashion
County Executive Jack B. Johnson.2
department stores in the past three months.
Please see p.29
Base prices of new homes range from $400,000
Prince George’s County Demographic at the low end to over $800,000. New home
Characteristics prices above 1,000,000 are not uncommon.

Prince George’s County is located in the heart Typical purchases of luxury homes have house-
of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor and has a hold incomes in excess of $150,000.
common border with Washington, DC. Downtown
Washington is only ten miles away and Baltimore We will demonstrate in the course of this narra-
is 37 miles. tive is exactly what has taken place. The WP
took nineteen months to produce these series of
Prince George’s County is the nation wealthiest articles. The article clearly enunciates a rush to
minority/majority county and is estimated to have judgment and fails to include key facts and was
an average household income of $68,488 in 2004 concerned only to have this published so that it
increasing to $76,561 in 2009. can become part of the body of their work.

Households are estimated to have increased at The WP wants nothing to do with the high virtue
an annual rate of 1.94 percent between 2000 and ethics of obtaining the truth about what
and 2004. Households increased from 286,610 to really happened; they simply want a front page
309,453 during this period. story painting Jack Johnson and his administra-
tion negatively. How can this be?
(See footnote 2 or page 12)
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The definition of journalism to the WP is success heaven. But the magazine proved to be insulting
at any cost. This means pleasing the editor by to both its black readers, not to mention its
justifying his or her biases through their writing, black staff members. In Volunteer Slavery, Nelson
meeting the deadline, ignoring the truth and prac- gives an explosive exposé of one of our most
ticing journalism based upon creating sufficient ‘respected’ newspapers-WP.
suspicion around the targeted subject. In this
case it is Jack Johnson. Volunteer Slavery is a perfect example that even
its own black reporters understood the cultural
Katharine Graham racist bias by the WP towards its African Ameri-
can readers and African American culture. This
In Katharine Graham’s highly acclaimed book editorial bias through its editors is evident when-
titled Personal History, the editor stated: ever they tackle a story about black Americans
in general and a perceived new leader who loves
“In this bestselling and widely acclaimed book, his people-Jack Johnson. Contrast this to the
Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the black/white leaders that the WP approves of like
WP through the crises of the Pentagon Papers Mayor Adrian Fenty and especially former Mayor
and Watergate, tells her story - one that is Anthony Williams.
extraordinary both for the events it encompasses
and for the courage, candor and dignity of its Analysis of negative words and
telling.” This may have been the way Katharine images of African Americans
Graham tells her own story, but it is far from
the way her paper practice journalism ethics now. We commissioned several journalism students to
It is neither candid, honest nor truthful when it review the WP from June 22 to July 31, 2008.
comes to telling the story of African Americans. Here is what they found in their scientific analysis
The WP always gives us their perspective on how of negative words and images of African Ameri-
we should view and think about our own culture, cans and our culture.
people and leaders --- negatively. They never missed
an opportunity to present us in the harshest of light. There were 196 negative images of African Amer-
(The negative images and words of the African Amer- icans that were published in the WP through neg-
icans P.27-28) ative words or images from June 22 to July 31 of
2008. During the same time there were only 21
Jill Nelson’s Volunteer Slavery positive images and most of them were of Barrack
Obama - our new rock star according to the
It is a well known fact that African American WP. Here again the WP is trying to tell us what
reporters who work at the WP refer to it as the to think and how to act. Should we pattern our
Plantation. In 1996, one of its most talented lives after Barrack to become acceptable? Are
young writers, Jill Nelson, chronicled what it Barrack and Tiger Woods what the WP considers
means to be a member of the the new black acceptable persons? So why is
it that 27% of Hillary Clinton voters refused to
prestigious WP Sunday magazine that vote for him and 21% of whites will not vote for
frequently assault the intellectual power him because he is a black man (New York Times
of its black readers in her award win- Article)
ning book titled Volunteer Slavery. However, there was eight times the amount of
negative images and words of African Americans
When Jill Nelson became the first black woman
that were published than any other group during
to write for The WP prestigious Sunday magazine
this specific time period in the WP. In addition,
in 1986, she thought she had entered journalism
Prince George’s County was portrayed negatively
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Prince George’s County Demographic Characteristics, a Report prepared by the
a total of 55 times over and against other jurisdic-
McComb Group, Ltd. October 2004 - Page 1-1 tions in the metropolitan area. This means that
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you were 3.3 times more likely to read or see over 1,500 negative African American
a negative image of Prince George’s County resi-
dents or government official. Is this an accident?
images annually.
We do not believe so. Our detailed analysis of the
article (p.14-26) will give substantive arguments This has been going on for years. Since the
that there exists within the WP an unwritten law WP has appointed itself as the moral barometer
that anything negative concerning African Ameri- of the metro area, they know exactly the effects
cans and particularly Prince George’s County or these are having on African Americans. If you tell
government official should be given special black youths that they are worthless through the
attention for reasons cited above. image and words you print, then why are you so
surprised of the black on black violence?
You can contrast that to the two positive images
portrayed of Prince George’s County, once on It is not our perception that African Americans
July 20 and the other on July 30 during the same are being portrayed more negatively than their
time and you will still be left with 194 negative white counterparts in Northern Virginia. The num-
images of African Americans in general and bers speak for themselves after fifty years of Dr.
55 negatives images of Prince George’s County Clark’s doll experiment. It was repeated again
in particular. In addition, if you contrast that recently employing the latest modern psychologi-
even more to how the WP portrays Northern Vir- cal techniques and strategies only to conclude
ginia, which was only portrayed negatively twice that black children continues to associate the
between the same time period you can see the white doll as good and the black doll as evil. This
enormous racial gap of negative images that is is the powerful effect of visual and print media
being sold to the public. One can understand and its negative portrayals of African American
the outrage felt by African Americans in the met- people and culture. This visual assault of negative
ropolitan area and Prince George’s County images can be directly linked to the destruction
residents in particular. You will be hard pressed to of the black family and the destabilization of
find the same amount of negative images of white the entire African American race. In addition to
people both in words and pictures during the same the WP and other white owned media, the aver-
period or annually in the WP (the negative images age African American child sees over 550,000
and words of the African Americans P.27-28) negative images every two years of themselves
(unpublished doctoral dissertation research).
Dr. Kenneth Clark, the noted Black We wonder why! Our assertion is not
Clinical Psychologist without fifty years of science-based psy-
Such image distorts the human soul and under-
chological research to justify our point
mines the sense of self-worth of a person. This that a barrage of negative images dis-
type of barrage of negative images and its effects torts the human soul of any group
have been understood for years by the late Dr.
Kenneth Clark, the noted black clinical psycholo-
and is the foundation of self-hatred
gist who first brought this theory to bear in his his- that is perpetuated by a society instru-
toric white doll-black doll experience. For these ment (newspaper-WP) that is supposed
images to continue so relentlessly by a major
metropolitan newspaper that clearly understands
to objectively inform and report only
its editorial impact should be labeled as criminal the facts. If you destroy their sense
and racist. of self-worth (black people) what else
do they have left other than a negative
If you multiply, the amount of negative picture of their image to further destroy
images both in words and pictures themselves.
published by the WP, there will be well
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How can the WP be considered as a troversy to sell newspapers. Negative reporting
positive influence in helping to build a on race is a proven economic strategy for big
city newspapers. For instance, if you put an Afri-
just civil society?
can American on the front page with a headline
that has the words “corrupt, murderer, rapist or
In addition, there are ample African American
assault, you will sell a lot of news papers i.e. Jack
conservatives who utilize their own self hatred
Johnson (July 6) When has the Washington
and are identified by the WP as an expert on
Post placed a white suspected or convicted
black culture. They are willing to be quoted in
murder, rapist or felony with their pictures on
the WP justifying and defending the WP editorial
its front page as the lead article for the paper
practices of this type of genocide journalism
in the past two months. You cannot find one.
towards African Americans. The WP only uses
But we can tell you of three African Americans
other African Americans who blame the victim
who have been placed as the lead story on its
(black people) for their own economical, psycho-
front page within the past month.
logical and sociological status and ignoring the
powerful external forces like the WP.
June 24 former Prince George’s County
We fully expect that the WP will find a clever way to
School chief Andre J. Hornsby
call our writing mean-spirited and hateful and utilize
July 1 19- year- old Ronnie L. White
one of their black reporters to come after us the way
July 5 President Robert Mugabe of
the WP is going after Jack B. Johnson. We are not
Zimbabwe.
afraid because we stand not on the truth, but with the
truth. The bible says “the truth shall set you free.”
The recent article entitled “Sweetheart Deals”
dated July 6, 2008 is an excellent example of
The WP is in the news business how the WP distorts the truth, under report facts,
and creates suspicion where there is none and
The WP is in the news business. They are not in minimizes the strong leadership qualities of a
the business of journalism because it is governed popular African American county executive---
by journalism ethics and practices. The standard Jack B. Johnson.
of journalism is reporting the truth without bias
and allowing the individual to form their own The story further illustrates to what length editors
opinion based upon a complete airing of the facts. and reporters are willing to go to justify spend nine-
We believe that the WP editorial culture is to teen months on an investigation that has no legs.
report the truth as long as it does not interfere The magnitude of the story suggests some criminality
with making a profit. on behalf of the County or Jack Johnson but there is
none to be found. The length of the story is highly
In the course of this narrative, we are suspicious even though it does not in any way find
demonstrate how this philosophical conflict or alludes to criminality at any level at any of the
between reporting the truth and turning a profit is persons cited in the story. This cannot be what the
at the heart of why the WP journalistic editorial WP calls journalism -- but it is. They have a new
tends to degrade one racial group through nega- definition of journalism “going after negroes who
tive and reckless reporting and under report the will not toe the line according to the WP”
majority group negative behavior. (see p. 27-28)
This is an old but useful tactic utilized by big city
This takes the form as writing a softer headline, newspapers when they want to go after someone
not repeating the story the following day, not or some organization that refuse to participate in
including the picture of white lawbreakers or the WP notion of good government. The WP has
people who are under suspicion and just plainly a godlike complex.
ignoring the facts of the story all together despite
its community implications and importance. The WP also utilizes another tactic which is
The objective of the WP here is to create con-

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geared toward law enforcement that has proven The WP has a godlike complex
quite successful over the years. The goal here is
to raise sufficient suspicion that causes state and Newspapers cannot make money nor have cred-
federal investigative arms - the Office of the State ibility if every time they are wrong they are writing
Attorney General or the US Office of Attorney a story of apology. We will prove in the course
General of a particular region - to launch an of this narrative that the WP and its reporters are
inquiry or investigation into the activities cited in completely wrong about County Executive Jack
the WP story. So the next headline you see Johnson and they are utilizing the tricks of the
concerning that particular story is that the person trade that we have just spelled out to go after
or organization is under investigation. This is the County Executive Jack Johnson because he is
goal of the story that was recently published on Christian, decent and refuse to bow to the great
County Executive Jack Johnson. This is exactly gods of the WP on how he should govern.
what happening in the Mayor Cheye Calvo’s case.
The public is growing increasingly aware of how
There have been many stories written just like the WP manipulates the news and distorts the
this on other African American leaders locally truth in our opinion. A year and a half ago the
and nationally with the same goal in mind. One WP launched the WP Radio only to see its rat-
has to wonder of all the stories written by the ings plummet and failed. Just several days ago
WP and its reporters that has resulted into law the WP reported for the first time in its corporate his-
enforcement launching investigations - how many tory, that they did not turn a profit. This is another
of these stories actually stand up against the facts clear example that the public refuse to support a
when all is known and how many of these investi- newspaper company that writes with a racist bias,
gations are ultimately resulted in criminal charges convict people in the court of public opinion without
or just dismissed outright because the facts that substantial evidence before they have their day in
the WP reported as facts were distorted, half a court, bombards the human psyche of tens of thou-
truth and without any merit. How many times sands of negative images of the African American
the WP have gone back and written a story that race. It has systemically throughout the years sought
their acquisitions and half truths did not amount to undermine black leadership starting from national
to anything, but raising suspicions and blackening black leaders like Martin King to local leaders of
the moral character of those cited in their story. today like County Executive Jack Johnson.

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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
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The WP literally ignored one of the most impor- things up. And now the WP is after the
tant historic speech in American history-- Dr. workers’ employee-funded pension plan.
Martin Luther King n Jr. “I have a Dream”. The
According to the communications workers
short citation that they did give it was regulated
to the back pages of the paper the following day. the WP is trying to steal money from the
This is another powerful example on how the workers pension fund to invest in the WP
WP has historically treated and continues to treat business ventures. This is shameful! Who is
the significance of African American culture and going to police the WP?
leaders.
Please do not take our word for this, visit the
Communication Workers of America CWA website for yourself
http://www.washingtonpostunfair.com/
Here is another powerful example of how the updates/page.jsp?itemID=27046780
WP works. The WP has always appointed itself
as the moral barometer. When a company or It is no wonder, given the evidence cited above
an individual have been accused either by the that the WP through its reporters tries to
government or the customers or its employees of electronically lynch any black leader-Jack
violating the law or even the spirit of the law, the Johnson- who refuse to implement their notion
WP will then write a long and damaging article on of good governance in Prince George’ County or
that particular individual or company. The WP will give contracts to businesses friendly to the WP
only utilize quotes that bolster its claim from so according to our opinion. When any of the black
called experts to paint a picture that the company leaders refuse to go along with the WP game
is the most horrible institution that ever existed. plan, they launch “an investigation.”
But when the Communication Workers of America
cited the WP for unfair business practices in labor Below are a powerful summary and a detailed
negotiations, the WP has a systematic policy to analysis of our findings and a startling different
ignore any claim of wrong doing by its parent conclusion. The analysis clearly cites every
companies. It provides little or no space in the single incidence where facts were distorted and
WP itself highlighting these illegal and unethical in most cases completely ignored. This is a prime
labor practices. Again, here is a clear example example that WP is not in the business of
of how WP conducts its business and its god-like journalism. They are in the news business and
complex. the emphasis is on business. Vince Foster had
it right when he concluded before his untimely
The 400 production workers at the WP have suicide “that the press treats people lives like a
not seen a wage increase in five years. For football game.”
much of that time, since May 2003, the Against this backdrop of how the WP operates
workers have been fighting for a fair labor its news business, we answer all of the charges
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III. THE PASTORS DETAILED ANALYSIS OF
EACH OF THE CHARGES JULY 6, 2008
ARTICLE
On July 6, 2008, WP newspaper published six Which as a result, WP published factually incor-
stories under the headline “Sweetheart Deals.” rect stories for whatever motivation.
The stories covered half of the front page and two
full pages inside the front section. 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
county agencies and four men that WP had even more distressed to learn through the words
claimed to have personal and political ties to of the writers of these stories during online dis-
Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. John- cussions that WP did not have the time to learn if
son. The implication was prominently displayed similar transactions happened in other local gov-
at the beginning of the story with the statement, ernments and was “narrowly focusing” on Prince
“When Prince George’s County agreed to lucra- George’s County and Mr. Johnson.
tive public land sales, many of the winners shared
one thing: ties to the county executive.” As a result, we asked for the same public records
requested by WP through the Maryland Freedom
On the surface, the stories appeared to be of a of Information Act to determine how WP came
very serious nature. But after reading the stories to the implications found in their stories. And we
very carefully and thoroughly, they lacked any determined that faced with the same information
information that Mr. Johnson was involved with in the hands of WP that any logical person who
steering the transactions toward these four men. was interested only in the truth would find a com-
WP strongly implied through the use of photo- plete opposite conclusion.
graphs, charts and headlines that something was
askew, but the stories seemed to lack evidence. To put the matter into perspective, we asked our-
selves if businessmen who had contributed to
Because of our concerns, we contacted members political candidates withdraw from their business
of the Johnson administration, who provided to if their candidate wins. Knowing that not to be
us a list of 24 questioned asked of Mr. Johnson true, we question the motivations of WP.
by Cheryl Thompson, a reporter for WP. The
questions were responded to in a very thorough We also asked ourselves, were these four people
manner in a 12-page letter to Ms. Thompson the only people who did business with Prince
almost weeks before these stories were pub- George’s County? Knowing that is also not true,
lished. we must question why WP failed to show that
these four businessmen were only less than a
We were anguished that very little of Mr. John- handful of people who do business with Prince
son’s response and the factual rebuttal to allega- George’s County.
tions made by Ms. Thompson were published in
WP. It was even more distressing that Ms. Thomp- We also reviewed the photographs and the charts
son was provided hundreds of pages of public included in their stories. We found that WP pub-
records through the Maryland Public Information lished photographs of Mr. Johnson that were
Act that confirmed Mr. Johnson’s statements. We intentionally not flattering in order to portray him
found it more distressing that WP ignored the in a negative light. We have noticed this practice
public records provided to them and relied mainly especially by WP in the past when publishing
on unnamed sources, competitors or disgruntled photographs of Mr. Johnson. We also found that
former employees. WP published charts that had no relevance and

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no explanation for their reason other than imply 5. Financial assistance to a project was
something was wrong or illegal. 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 publi- George’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 inaccura-
cies 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
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Administration, including disgruntled former four businessmen, the county’s processes, the
employees. county’s public leaders, county employees and
the people of Prince George’s County in the publi-
9. The authors of the June 8 stories admitted cation of article that have no basis of truth.
that they have “narrowly focused” on Prince Since relevant facts were omitted, we can see
George’s County rather than determining no reason why WP would publish such inaccura-
whether the transactions were normal in cies unless the newspaper had an established
other governments. We find this especially agenda to undermine African Americans and
disturbing since it appears WP failed to put destroy the public’s perception of the country’s
this issue into perspective. most affluent African American county - Prince
George’s County.
10. That County Executive Jack B. Johnson has
no role in selecting developers of property WP ignored facts that showed that Prince
owned by the Redevelopment Authority and George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson had
the Housing Authority. And that he has no no role in selecting four developers to develop on
role in the sale of surplus property. current and formerly-owned property. Major facts
that were ignored by WP include:
11. WP also omitted information when property
was sold at higher than or equal to 1. There was no evidence to show that
market rates. County Executive Jack B. Johnson or any
Prince George’s County official influenced
12. Processes of the Redevelopment Authority the independent process of any county
and Housing Authority were disclosed, department or quasi-governmental agency.
but key information about those processes
were omitted to make it appear something 2. WP was provided stacks of documents
was wrong with the transaction. WP erro which showed transactions were approved
neously wrote that the Prince George’s during meetings of the Redevelopment
County government did not provide to them Authority and the Housing Authority, but
information about the processes that did not report these facts. Such documents
govern the transactions. Those processes that include information that AHD Inc. was
were repeatedly told to the newspaper, the main partner with Amatucci Group
which elected not to print. in development of the McGuire House
property, that Redevelopment Authority paid
Executive Summary: the Town of Cheverly for its interest payments

Through exhaustive research by independent citi- 3. Two of the developments featured were
zens, we found that WP wrote five articles on July started during the term of former Wayne
6, 2008 were based upon half-truths and inac- K. Curry.
curate information. We reviewed public records
provided to WP, The WP’s July 6 articles entitled 4. One of the developments was started by the
“Sweetheart Deals,” and written responses to WP Town of Cheverly which had already selected
from County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his a developer.
staff. We asked WP for additional information, but
received no reply. 5. Financial assistance to a project was
requested by a member of the Prince
We can find no basis for the assumption of WP George’s County Council, not the County
that Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Executive, as alleged by WP. We find this
Johnson played a role in the sale of property to even more distressing since WP would
four developers. Furthermore, we believe that the question such a small transaction to assist
headline and the assumptions of WP defamed a small African American developer when
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hundreds of millions of dollars in similar whether the transactions were normal
financial arrangements have been made for in other governments. We find this especially
large, non-minority companies in Prince disturbing since it appears WP failed to put
George’s County and throughout the this issue into perspective.
Washington region, Maryland and the
United States. 10. That County Executive Jack Johnson has
no role in selecting developers of property
6. The credentials of the developers were not owned by the Redevelopment Authority an
provided and WP relied on their competitor the Housing Authority. And that he has no
as their unnamed source to discredit the role in the sale of surplus property.
qualifications the developers. WP wrote
“They’re not developers,” said a longtime 11. WP also omitted information when property
county businessman who spoke on condition was sold at higher than or equal to market
of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing future rates.
contracts. “They haven’t developed anything.”
We believe there is a wealth of independent 12. Processes of the Redevelopment Authority
sources that could have made that judgment, and Housing Authority were disclosed,
such as The University of Maryland. We but key information about those processes
believe WP did not want the newspaper’s were omitted to make it appear something
readers to have a balanced assessment of was wrong with the transaction. WP
these developers. erroneously wrote that the Prince George’s
County government did not provide to them
7. WP also omitted the statements from Mr. information about the processes that
Johnson that explains the use of a smaller govern the transactions. Those processes
developer with a smaller developer as were repeatedly told to the newspaper,
that a criterion used was to ensure minority which elected not to print.
participation. WP would rather rely
on an anonymous source to discredit rather 13. There is many more examples detail in
than use information from The Urban the accompanying supporting documentation
Land Institute, one of the foremost experts in provided in this document.
urban development and redevelopment that
recommends the practice where less CONCLUSIONS
experienced companies should become
partners to increase the capacity of the Our conclusions are that we are puzzled at why
developers, as outlined in Mr. Johnson’s a newspaper as powerful as WP would exhaust
statement. “This public policy objective is so many resources on subject that impacts so
a philosophy that I share and I believe few. We have yet to see such time and space
was evident in several proposals evaluated dedicated to key national and international issues
by the PAGs. Several of the successful that impact us all. We wonder why WP would
bidders are examples of these partnerships,” spend 19 months and publish two full pages and
Mr. Johnson said in his statement to WP. a half of the front page in a Sunday newspaper.
Since our findings show WP omitted key facts
8. WP relied on false information from people found in documents provided to WP that contra-
with an agenda against the Johnson dict their findings, we can only surmise that the
Administration, including disgruntled former reporters and editors of WP published this article
employees. to justify the time and expense spent on articles
that are filled with errors and half-truths.
9. The authors of the June 8 stories admitted
that they have “narrowly focused” on Prince Our findings are that by the mere fact that WP
George’s County rather than determining 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 him. Furthermore, WP omitted his key state-
in resources and time, which WP has established an ment that he never took any action or swayed
agenda that African Americans cannot govern. anyone to take action with land transactions
from those agencies. Additionally WP omitted
We can only believe that this agenda is established that the Redevelopment Authority and the
in Prince George’s County because of the tre- Housing Authority are quasi-governmental
mendous strides made by its people in economic agencies with independent boards that can
development, education and public safety and that only be removed for cause.
Prince George’s County is the most affluent African
American majority county in country. Statement from County Executive
Jack B. Johnson that WP refused to print:
On July 15, The Baltimore Sun believed the
tremendous improvements made by Prince “Let me begin by saying that the basic premise
George’s County students deserved the front of all your questions is flawed. Our government’s
page of their newspaper, while WP on the same review shows that since December 2002, the
day buried that same information inside its news- Office of Central Services, the Housing Authority
paper. We believe the agenda of WP is designed to and the Redevelopment Authority have offered
have a negative perception on our young African for sale dozens of properties. Nearly every proj-
American children, who have excelled. ect you have inquired about was administered by
either the Redevelopment Authority or the Hous-
We question the motivation of WP in its poor ing Authority. Each of these quasi-governmental
coverage of the most affluent African American agencies has a Board of Directors, some of which
county in the country by its failure during the were appointed by me, but all of which are con-
past decade to conduct similar inquiries into other firmed by the County Council. The members
jurisdictions in the region. The reporters admitted of the Housing Authority serve a defined term
on July 7 in an online chat with readers that they and can only be removed for neglect of duty
don’t have the time to review other jurisdictions or misconduct. Members of the Redevelopment
and that their “reporting was narrowly focused.” Authority, who also serve for defined terms, can
only be removed for cause.
We can only assume as to the reasons why
WP will justify similar actions by white politicians “Consequently, they operate independently and
in Northern Virginia while “narrowing” their focus these two authorities make all decisions related to
on African Americans. WP reporters on July 7 transfer of properties they control. I have never
said their past findings of transactions in Prince spoken to or contacted the members of either of
George’s County caused criminal investigations, these authorities, directly or indirectly, to encour-
but repeatedly failed to say that investigators age or discourage them to take any action regard-
found nothing wrong. Why is it they will justify ing projects or land dispositions. I have never
actions taken by white Northern Virginia politi- spoken to members of these authorities or their
cians, without an independent investigation, but staffs regarding any parcel advertised, trans-
implicate African American politicians who are ferred, or offered for sale. I am absolutely certain
cleared through criminal investigations? that no one could have truthfully represented any-
thing to you or others to the contrary. I have
FINDINGS AND SUPPORTING never played any role directly or indirectly in
DOCUMENTATION any of these projects. Furthermore, I am person-
ally unaware of any transactions involving these
FINDING: WP omitted a key statement from authorities that violated any rules, processes or
County Executive Jack B. Johnson that the procedures of the county charter or code, or laws
actions taken by the Redevelopment Author- of this state.
ity, the Housing Authority and Central Ser-
vices made land transactions independent of “It is my further understanding that multiple prop-
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erties were advertised by these authorities as to provide grants to Prince George’s Hospital.
part of 11 separate and distinct projects.
Proposals were invited from all interested parties FINDING:: WP omitted key information that
and were evaluated by Proposal Analysis Groups County Executive Jack B. Johnson provided
or PAGs. I have no personal knowledge of who full disclosure so the truth is known to the
served on these PAGs. It is my understanding public.
that all respondents’ proposals were evaluated
under a set of established criteria and indepen- Statement from County Executive
dent judgments were made. One criterion that Jack B. Johnson
was used, consistent with the policies of this
Administration, was to ensure minority “While I have no direct knowledge of nearly every
participation. This did not guarantee work for any project you to which you refer in your letter, I am
individual or company, but it did provide eager to see full disclosure. I am sure your read-
opportunities for minority-owned companies to ers and the residents of Prince George’s County
participate. It is my understanding that as a result would want and expect the same. I have asked
of that criterion, joint proposals for development staff to research these questions. We are disclos-
did occur and some were accepted. The Urban ing all the information regardless of whether we
Land Institute, one of the foremost experts on are required to do so by the Maryland Public
urban development and redevelopment, Information Act because I am certain that neither
recommends practices whereby less experienced I, nor anyone working at my direction from my
entities should partner with more established staff, exercised any influence over land decisions
companies to build the capacity of those capable you inquired about. I want the truth to be publicly
of doing such projects. This public policy known. Specific answers are given for each and
objective is a philosophy that I share and I believe every question you posed. In the public interest
was evident in several proposals evaluated by of full disclosure, I expect that WP will print both
the PAGs. Several of the successful bidders are my response here and the specific answers to
examples of these partnerships. each of your questions. Only through this pro-
cess can we ensure that the entire public knows
“In addition, you also inquired about surplus of both your insinuations and the truth about
properties that have been sold by the county over development and redevelopment in this county.
the past several years. Since 2004, 55 properties
owned by the county have been publicly “One last point I will make is that during my
advertised for sale through the Office of Central review of these transactions, I wanted to ensure
Services. The process requires the County that we have a transparent process. Conse-
Council to approve the surplus of the land quently, I have tasked my Chief Administrative
through legislation. These properties are Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Brown, to conduct an inter-
separate and distinct from the dozens of parcels nal review of the processes used by all agencies
discussed above regarding the Redevelopment or authorities for the disposition of publicly-owned
and Housing Authorities. The Office of Central land. I have further asked her to ensure that we
Services follows established procedures set forth develop processes whereby any parcel slated to
in our code for identifying properties to be be sold or transferred be evaluated as to whether
surpluses, and taking them through it has substantial value, and that under no circum-
advertisement to sale. I have been advised that stance should any parcel transferred to a for-
not all were bid upon, and 20 have actually gone profit entity be done without a competitive bidding
to sale. Every sale to a for-profit entity was process through an RFP. She has begun this
based on a fair market value appraisal, and has review, and I will take any necessary actions,
resulted in nearly $3 million to the county. As you including changes in procedures if warranted, to
may recall, I committed to making land sales an ensure the transparency and efficiency of all land
essential component of assisting our hospital stay transfers.”
open by using the proceeds of those sales FINDING: WP omitted key information that
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William A.ill Youngblood and Richard Ama- portfolio of multi-family, office, industrial and retail
tucci were each members of joint ventures properties in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
with experienced development companies. Centex Homes is a national homebuilder that
Additionally, WP omitted key facts about the was founded in 1950. Furthermore,
development experience of both Mr. Young- Mr. Youngblood’s partnership on the property in
blood and Mr. Amatucci. Additionally, WP Cheverly is with Republic Properties. In addition,
ignored public documents provided to the Mr. Youngblood had entered into discussions with
newspaper through the Maryland Public Infor- the Town of Cheverly concerning this piece of
mation Act that confirmed the two men were property before Jack Johnson was ever elected
parties to joint ventures. County Executive.”

Response to WP to The WP’s question: “Why The documents provided to WP through the
were development contracts given to people who Maryland Public Information Act shows that on
acknowledge that they have little or no develop- July 28, 2005 The Redevelopment Authority and
ment experience, such as Bill Youngblood and Point at Cheverly LLC entered into a development
Richard Amatucci?” agreement. Point at Cheverly LLC is made up
of a partnership created by Stepping Stones
The county responded: “A search of the records and Republic Cheverly Partners. This information
shows each of these individuals were part of joint disputes WP assumption that the developer was
ventures with experienced development compa- not qualified. What is most interesting is that
nies. I might add that Mr. Amatucci has more Bradley Farrar, who was quoted extensively by
than 25 years of finance experience with the larg- WP, was the administrator of the project, the doc-
est multifamily financing company in the world, uments show.
Fannie Mae, in which he served as vice president
for operations before his retirement. According to FINDING: WP used an unnamed source in an
Housing Authority records, Richard Amatucci is attempt to dispute the credential of Mr. Youngblood
part of an experienced joint venture team includ- and Mr. Amatucci. The unnamed source was iden-
ing Affordable Housing Developers, Inc. AHD tified as someone who apparently competes with
has decades of successful multifamily develop- Mr. Youngblood and Mr. Amatucci and was afraid
ment experience, and is one of the largest, if to have his name used because he was fearful he
not the largest, developers of multifamily housing would not be able to conduct future business with
in the region. Washington WP reporter Cheryl the county. WP also failed to qualify what develop-
Thompson was told by a county spokeswoman ment experience their unnamed source has to make
that Mr. Amatucci was a minority equity partner that judgment.
involved with the financing of the project. Any
records that indicate otherwise are in error. Mr. WP writes:
Amatucci is a 20% partner in this project. As “They’re not developers,” said a longtime county
you know, financing for large multi-family projects businessman who spoke on condition of anonym-
leveraging federal resources is a complex pro- ity for fear of jeopardizing future contracts. “They
cess and that is why AHD had partnered with haven’t developed anything.”
someone with relevant and critical expertise. Doc-
uments provided to WP through the Maryland WP did not attempt to confirm this statement
Public Information Act confirmed AHD and Ama- through independent sources that justify this
tucci were partners. statement. We believe this statement was
designed to confirm The WP agenda.
“Mr. Youngblood has been in the development
business since 1996. He has worked with teams FINDING: WP omitted the response that the impli-
of developers that include Federal Capital cation of “ties” was offensive and inaccurate.
Partners (FCP) and Centex. FCP was founded
in 1999 and owns or manages an $850 million Response to WP question: “Why were six
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contracts in the March 2004 RFP issued through FINDING: WP omitted key information about
the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities projects built during the Johnson Administration
awarded to people with ties to you.” and failed to provide information on the reasons the
projects they referenced had not been completed.
The county response was: “First off, we resent Although The WP question “Why has little been
the insinuation of the term “ties.” built to those who have gotten development con-
tracts during your tenure?” is confusing, the John-
You also suggest the concept of “ties” to some son Administration provided a detailed answer.
of the contract awardees. If you mean “know” in
some way, the answer is fairly obvious. Over the Response to WP:
course of Mr. Johnson’s more than 20 years of “Your assumption is wrong when you consider
public service, he has come to know tens of thou- the artists’ lofts in Mount Rainier, Gateway Arts
sands of county residents and business owners District, and redevelopment of the Palmer Park
and has been supported by many more in the shopping center, Victory Housing and acquisition
eight countywide elections in which he has run and demolition of Suitland Manor. Most
beginning in 1994. Mr. Johnson has stated previ- developments take years from the time of
ously that he has had no contact, directly or indi- conception to groundbreaking. Acquisition of
rectly, with the PAGs, or any authority members properties and financing are only a part of the
concerning the disposition of land or the selection process. You must take into account zoning or
of any bidder on any project.” rezoning of properties, land-use issues and that
must go through local, state and sometimes
FINDING: WP omitted key facts that the property federal review processes. Most projects take
was sold at fair market value and that there are 3-5 years to go from conception to occupancy,
dozens of similar transactions within the Prince depending on the complexity of the issues
George’s County government. We question the involved. One large project, National Harbor,
agenda of WP for focusing on small African Ameri- was still stalled nearly two decades after the
can businessmen. Furthermore, WP was provide development was first conceived.”’
pages of documents including contracts, minutes of
meeting and appraisals that show that the transac- FINDING: WP refused to report that the devel-
tions were conducted through normal channels and opment of the parcels were in the county’s older
in public meetings. communities that had been overlooked by more
established developers.
Response to WP:
“The Request for Proposal process, commonly Response to WP:
known as an RFP, is a competitive process. Answer: [T] the County Executive said very
The Housing Authority and the Redevelopment explicitly, was for many years there were places
Authority follow a process in the awarding of in Prince George’s County where many of the
numerous contracts in any given month. They more established developers had not been
have been involved in dozens of transactions interested in doing projects. He said that some
since 2003. Since both authorities are quasi- areas have been overlooked for decades. He was
governmental agencies with their own governing speaking in general terms primarily about our
boards, they have processes that allow the sale older, established communities. He said it was
of property through an RFP or through unsolicited difficult to get major developers to focus on the
proposals. For unsolicited proposals, sale to inner-beltway communities. As evidence he cited
for-profit companies are done at fair market the Eastern and Southern Avenue corridors and
value. All actions, however, are approved by their how little development there had been for some
respective independent boards, whose members thirty to fifty years.
are appointed and subsequently confirmed by the
County Council. The county executive had no FINDING: WP relied on disgruntled former
influence in their deliberations.” employees for the basis of their reporting rather

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than using factual information. WP omitted criti- about that. Tommie [Thompson] told me that the
cism of the source or did not ask for rebuttal of an county executive wants us to make sure this gets
allegation made by a source. handled appropriately. I can’t recall us ever doing
that in other transactions,” Farrar said. “Now,
WP wrote: “They’re giving away the county would they have done that for any other Joe Blow
revenue,” said Carolyn Scriber, former director developer who walks in off the street? Probably
of the agency that handles county-owned prop- not. That really is unusual.”
erty, whom Johnson replaced shortly after taking
office. “That doesn’t seem like a good deal for the WP omitted the response, based upon public
taxpayers.” records, to this accusation made by Mr. Farrar.

The response provided to WP concerning Ms. “No such payment was ever made according
Scriber’s statement was omitted. to public records. The settlement statement
“Every property surpluses through the Office of shows interest payments were made for the Town
Central Services was sold at or above fair market of Cheverly for this project to the mortgage com-
value based on an independent appraisal. From pany on a note generated by the town. This
a starting point, the comment is clearly made redevelopment project was begun by the Town of
in error. I’ll point out to you that the county’s Cheverly prior to the Johnson Administration. The
AAA bond rating, the best bond rating available, town was attempting to develop the property with
indicates differently. “The county’s management a developer of its own choosing, Stepping Stones
practices are considered strong under Standard & Development Company and Mr. Youngblood. Our
Poor’s Financial Management Assessment.” Addi- understanding is that the town had a relationship
tionally, on June 22, 2008, WP editorial board with Mr. Youngblood prior to Jack Johnson being
said that the AAA bond rating “suggests that the elected County Executive. The town had run into
administration of County Executive Jack B. John- financial problems, according to a November 26,
son has adhered to sound financial and bud- 2003 letter from former Cheverly Mayor Larry S.
getary policies…” I believe Standard & Poor’s Beyna. The Redevelopment Authority purchased
independent review of the finances of Prince the property from the town, at the town’s request,
George’s County are more credible than this opin- in order to allow the project to continue. The
ion of a disgruntled former employee who has interest payment on the settlement sheet went
no basis of knowledge for her statement. This to the Town of Cheverly per the contract
individual has been the “source” for much of your agreement. This was in keeping with the agree-
newspapers writings over the past five years, and ment for the purchase price to cover all of
these “leads” have consistently provided you and the town’s costs. The town had selected the
your paper with incorrect information.” developer prior to the Redevelopment Authority’s
involvement. There have been no interest pay-
WP also claimed, based upon only the words ments made by the Redevelopment Authority for
of another disgruntled former employee, that the the developer according to public records.
county made interest payments for a developer.
His statement was contradicted by public records, It is amazing to us that WP received pages and
which was information provided to WP prior to pages of public records where Mr. Farrar’s state-
publication. We also question why this former ment was challenged, but WP instead highlighted
employee, who was a former Deputy Director, his statement rather than rely on the records.
would rather complain to a newspaper instead of
his superiors. FINDING: WP reporter, Cheryl Thompson, was
told repeatedly and in writing that Affordable
“The directives to pay the interest payment came Housing Developers was the main developer of
from the county executive’s office,” said Bradley McGuire House and that Richard Amatucci was a
Farrar, former deputy director of the Redevelop- minority developer. Additionally, records provided
ment Authority. “There is no doubt in my mind to Ms. Thompson through the Maryland Public
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Information Act says AHD and Amatucci were tract between the Redevelopment Authority and the
partners in the project. Ms. Thompson continued Town of Cheverly that shows that the interest pay-
to write that Mr. Amatucci was the developer to ments were made to the Town of Cheverly.
provide her premise that someone who knows Mr.
Johnson was the main developer. We can only WP wrote: “Youngblood also received help in
believe Ms. Thompson ignored the truth in order 2003 when he failed to make a $2,800 monthly
to besmirch the reputations of Mr. Amatucci and interest payment in his agreement with Cheverly.
Mr. Johnson. WP also omitted the fact that Mr. The county paid it for him, according to records
Amatucci has more than 25 years of finance experi- and interviews.”
ence as an executive with Fannie Mae, the largest
multifamily financing company in the world. 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 settle-
Amatucci 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 Afford- begun by the Town of Cheverly prior to the John-
able 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 Com-
homes 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. Young-
their 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 prob-
lems, 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 devel- Redevelopment 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 pay-
Housing 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 Redevel-
opment Authority’s involvement. There have been
We found it particularly interesting that throughout no interest payments made by the Redevelop-
public records provided to WP, that AHD was ment Authority for the developer according to
repeatedly identified as the developer. We ques- public 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 part-
of 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 financ-
disgruntled 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. Addition- find it ever so distressing that WP would question
ally, WP was provided a copy of the purchase con- a financing mechanism officer an African American

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developer while The WP has not questioned similar fair market value of the property. Our understand-
financing for non-minorities. We can only believe ing is that the sale of property has never been
that question will never be answered since WP does closed. Any effort to transfer the property was
not have the time to explore other governments stalled when after a full appraisal was completed
since it is so “narrowly focused” on Prince George’s on the property at the direction of the Redevel-
County and its African American leaders and busi- opment Authority, and its fair market value was
nessmen. determined to be $1.1 million, an amount well in
excess of the unsolicited $520,000 proposal. It
The answer provided to WP about this transac- is our understanding that after the appraisal, the
tions. “As WP already knows, Stepping Stones, potential developer abandoned the project.”
Mr. Youngblood’s company, had been negotiating
with a well established and successful developer, FINDING: WP took a statement from Raymond A.
Cushman and Wakefield. The County Executive Skinner, the former director of the county Housing
told Cushman and Wakefield of Maryland Inc., Department, out of context. The WP wrote that Mr.
that he would support a public-private partnership Skinner criticized unsolicited proposals. But WP
to build a parking garage on the site to provide omitted the county’s response to Mr. Skinner which
parking for the development in the inner Beltway noted that Mr. Skinner was working as a developer
community. This was done after being urged to at the time of his response and was a competitor to
do so by a member of the County Council, as the four businessmen chronicled in WP.
public records show. The construction could be
financed through Tax Incremental Financing (TIF), The county’s response said, “Our staff spoke to
where additional property taxes assessed on the Secretary Skinner who said his comments were
property would finance the public garage. The taken out of context, and made after he was part
TIF process, which requires approval by the of a team that was the unsuccessful bidder on
County Council, has been used for several proj- an RFP. Unsolicited proposals have been consid-
ects to promote economic development. Since ered throughout the history of the Redevelopment
the beginning of this Administration, more than Authority, including during the past administration.
$200 Million in TIFs have been adopted to stimu- It is our understanding that all unsolicited propos-
late economic development on projects deemed als for the purchase of Redevelopment Authority
to be of high value to the county and its residents. properties by for-profit companies were done at
You should also be aware that Stepping Stones is fair market value of the property after an appraisal
now partnered with Republic Properties, another of property.”
huge development company which has the major-
ity interest in the project, just as Cushman and FINDING: WP omitted the county’s explanation
Wakefield did in the past. Stepping Stones was for the requirement of charitable contributions
always a minority partner in the project.” from developers. WP also did not ask the county
government or Mr. Johnson for comments about
FINDING: WP wrote half of its article on Mirza charitable contributions were required, but were
H.A. Baig on a transaction that was never com- not made. The statement from the county puts the
pleted. Additionally, WP omitted information that use of contributions to communities in perspective
Mr. Baig decided not to purchase the property that these are practices that are common and have
because it was about twice of what he wanted to historically been used.
pay. We are very much confused on the relevance of
this transactions other than to try to embarrass Mr. The omitted statement from the county says, “In
Baig and Mr. Johnson. some instances the Redevelopment Authority and
the Housing Authority would require that suc-
The explanation provided to WP. “There was an cessful bidders, after winning a contract, make
unsolicited proposal submitted to the Redevelop- contributions to charitable and community organi-
ment Authority by a developer on the Maryland zations to enhance the community, based upon
Park Drive property based upon payment at the community priorities. This was somewhat akin to
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the contribution to the community for the con- RFP process. All state and local laws, rules and
struction of the Prince George’s County Sports covenants were followed in the sale of the prop-
and Learning Complex that was paid for by the erty to the highest responsive bidder. According
late Jack Kent Cooke as a part of the develop- to public records, the highest bidder was not
ment of FedEx Field, the home of the Washington responsive to the concerns raised by those in the
Redskins.” 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. Abdus- that 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 com-
Statement 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 sur-
development 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 commu-
has said there was never a conversation with Mr. nity needs and provided amenities and guaran-
Abdul-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 Abduls- Abdus-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 hous- Information provided to WP: Unsolicited propos-
ing and parks, while the only other bidder submit- als 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 prop-
proposal. 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 sub-
posal 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 market-
Office of Central Services through a competitive priced housing while at the same time the

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property would retain its public use as a Mr. Salaam has been working on this parcel for
commuter parking lot. The sale of property has nearly eight years and has invested
not been closed since the developer is still going considerably at the direction of former county
through the development process (zoning, land officials of the prior administration. When Mr.
use, etc.). Johnson had taken office in December of 2002,
much of the critical work had already been in the
In addition, the proposed developer began process or completed. All county, state and fed-
working with county officials during the prior eral laws, codes and covenants were followed by
administration, beginning in 2000. He was told the Redevelopment Authority and were approved
by the former Director of the Department of by the Redevelopment Authority Board of Direc-
Public Works and Transportation to put together tors, an appointed independent board whose
an unsolicited proposal. He was also directed to members were confirmed by the County Council.
secure appropriate releases for relevant The County Executive had no influence on their
easements and parking requirements from deliberations.
WMATA and the Federal Transit Administration,
even though he did not control the property, What would Katharine Graham say about this
and did so at his own expense. He conducted article and the rebuttal? Did she labor so long and
various studies, including boring sampling and hard for her beloved newspaper to be considered
others to determine the appropriate development as racist by the vast majority of African Americans
use of the parcel. It is our understanding that 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


July
review WP from June 22 to July 31, 2008. Here
is what they found in their scientific analysis of
July 1
negative words and images of African Americans.
12 negative images of African Americans and (2)
Keys to the results those are focus on Prince Georges County and
(N) Negative =196 one positive one. (I) Reinforcement of
(P) Positive = 21 Stereotypes (7).
(PPGCI) Positive Prince George’s County Images = 2 There was a story of Fairfax County dealing with
(NIPGC) Negative Images of Prince George’s County = 55 its foreclosure problem contrast that to a large
(V) Virginia = 1 picture of Jack Johnson and his two of his aides
(I) Reinforcement of negatives stereotypes = 11 talking about something going wrong in
the county.
June 22 July 2
3 negative images of African Americans 4 negative images of African Americans and (1)
June 23 those are focus on Prince Georges County and
6 negative images of African Americans and (2) the first time showed a picture (very small) of a
of those are focus on Prince Georges County white murder suspect
June 24 July 3
3 negative images of African Americans 5 negative images of African Americans and (3)
June 25 those are focus on Prince Georges County
4 negative images of African Americans and a July 4
positive one 3 negative images of African Americans and (2)
June 26 those are focus on Prince Georges County and
8 negative images of African Americans and (2) one positive image
of those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 5
June 27 5 negative images of African Americans and (1)
4 negative images of African Americans and (2) those are focus on Prince Georges County and
those are focus on Prince Georges County. (1) negative image for Fairfax.
June 28 July 6
9 negative images of African Americans and (4) Front page cover story of the Jack Johnson and
those are focus on Prince Georges County and a two full page of coverage on the Sweetheart
positive one. There is a picture of Jack Johnson Deals. 6 negative image of African Americans
cutting the budget by $48 million dollars. and (6) those are focus on Prince Georges
June 29 County.
5 negative images of African Americans and (2) July 7
positive images. 2 negative images of African Americans and (2)
June 30 those are focus on Prince Georges County.
5 negative images of African Americans and (3) July 8
positive image (I) Picture of a negative stereo- 4 negative images of African Americans and (1)
type of an African American. those are focus on Prince Georges County.

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July 9 July 20
4 negative images of African Americans and (2) 7 negative images of African Americans and
those are focus on Prince Georges County and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County
(1) positive image and one negative image of and (1) positive image of Prince George’s County.
Virginia. One enforcement of stereotype
July 10 July 21
6 negative images of African Americans and (1) 9 negative images of African Americans and (0)
those are focus on Prince Georges County and those are focus on Prince Georges County.
(2) positive images. July 22
July 11 6 negative images of African Americans and (2)
4 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County.
those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 23
July 12 5 negative images of African Americans and (3)
3 negative images of African Americans and (1) those are focus on Prince Georges County and
those are focus on Prince Georges County. This (1) positive image. 1 negative of Northern Va.
is the third time they ran the large picture of Jack July 24
Johnson. 6 negative images of African Americans and (0)
July 13 those are focus on Prince Georges County and
2 negative images of African Americans and (1) (1) positive image.
those are focus on Prince Georges County, (I) July 25
negative stereotype of an African American. 4 negative images of African Americans and (0)
July 14 those are focus on Prince Georges County and
6 negative images of African Americans and (0) (1) positive image.
those are focus on Prince Georges County and July 26
(2) positive images. (I) Reinforcement of stereo- 6 negative images of African Americans and (2)
types (4) those are focus on Prince Georges County and
July 15 (1) positive image.
5 negative images of African Americans and (3) July 27
those are focus on Prince Georges County. 2 negative images of African Americans and (0)
July 16 those are focus on Prince George’s County and
7 negative images of African Americans and (1) (1) positive image.
those are focus on Prince Georges County. July 28
July 17 6 negative images of African Americans and (0)
3 negative images of African Americans and (0) those are focus on Prince Georges County.
those are focus on Prince Georges County and July 29
(2) positive images. 2 negative images of African Americans and (0)
July 18 those are focus on Prince Georges County and
4 negative images of African Americans and (1) (1) positive image.
those are focus on Prince Georges County and July 30
(1) positive image. 2 negative images of African Americans and (1)
July 19 those are focus on Prince Georges County and
4 negative images of African Americans and (3) (2) positive images (1) of which is for Prince
those are focus on Prince Georges County and George’s County.
(1) positive image. 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 develop- investigation concerning his style of governance.
ment of the National Harbor --- the most impor- Remember, as stated before, the objective is not
tant development on the eastern seaboard of the to prove anything, but to raise suspicion and thus
United States in ten years, we believe the WP undermine his leadership by questioning the way
has stepped up its criticism because they refuse he governs. Many African Americans who are
to allow Prince George’s County to become the unaware of the WP strategic political and
economic engine of the region when according to economic goals fall right in line by questioning the
the WP they are incapable of running the county leadership of Jack Johnson. Many African Ameri-
government. This is the type of suspicion that cans who are quoted are simply being used and
the WP want to plant in the minds of the power sometimes are unaware of the overall objectives
structure in the region. This is based upon our of the WP. Others just want power for themselves
research of the WP (please see pages 14-26) the because they feel they can be a better Uncle
amount of negative stories in words and images Tom. Lastly, many African Americans who
on Prince George’s County. The objective of the are employed by major industries just want to
WP is to build sufficient suspicion around the be known as an “acceptable African American
leadership of County Executive Jack B. Johnson leader” by promoting the WP and the business
and his government in the minds of the residents community agenda. This is why we see various
and others of Prince George’s County, thus leav- quotes from so called respectable leaders who
ing him politically vulnerable to his political ene- have no following but simply a title that many
mies. The WP true objective here is to maintain whites would respect and recognize. The WP
its political dominance in shaping the political only utilizes quotes that are critical of Jack
agenda for all local political jurisdictions. They do Johnson that support the underlined trust of the
this through the Board of Trade and the editorial direction of the article. So when a
Federal City Council. Both of these reader sees the story and read the quotes they
organizations are dominated by political and are convinced that the vast majority of the black
economic interests and their objective is to make community is opposed to Jack Johnson
sure that they have the only voice that shapes philosophy of governance. One has to keep in
regional public policies. mind that the WP agenda has nothing to do
with improving the overall economic and political
They do not want to see an independent black health of the black community and critical to the
political class emerge. Prince George’s County, success of this agenda is to keep the black
through the numbers which we cited is a potential community divided and off balance by printing
growing threat to the white power structure. So negative articles (please see pages 14-26)
when they see a strong independent leader like and questioning the black political leaders’
Jack Johnson, they decide to launch an in-depth ultimate intentions.

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