‘LI Press’ Criticizes ‘Newsday’ Coverage

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By: Jennifer Saba

The Long Island Press, the 1-year-old upstart weekly that has been relentless in its coverage of the Newsday circulation scandal, revealed today that a Grand Jury has been “impaneled in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to hear testimony on the alleged [Newsday] frauds, with witnesses subpoenaed to appear as soon as Monday, July 26.”

The Press printed a detailed article today by Christopher Twarowski taking Newsday to task for its tepid coverage of the scandal including the self-investigated piece that ran earlier this week. The Press has been covering the story since the Newsday lawsuit hit the courts in February.

According to the Press, in addition to using anonymous sources, the sources that Newsday chose to quote in the story where biased. The Press claims that staff writers deliberately bypassed the claims of Rhonda Greene, a circulation executive that is still employed with Newsday who is named in the lawsuit, and instead, focused on allegations brought forth by Elizabeth DeLesia, a former Newsday employee who now works for the Press.

Newsday Editor Howard Schneider told the Press, “We don’t discuss internal processes about what goes into a story and how we make our decisions.”

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