Hsu's Lawyer Responds to WSJ's Smear Attempt on Hillary and Her Contributors
The Wall St. Journal has me seriously rethinking my subscription. Check out this article by Brody Mullins and its baseless attempt to smear Hillary Clinton's Asian contributors.
Shorter version: An American family of Chinese descent in San Francisco, the Paws, contributed to Hillary around the same time as one of her big contributors, Norman Hsu, who now lives in New York.
Not only is there nothing wrong with that as big fund-raisers often ask people to make contributions around the same time they are contributing, but the Journal admits:
There is no public record or indication Mr. Hsu reimbursed the Paw family for their political contributions. (my emphasis.)
Not only that, but The Journal acknowledges the Paw family and Norman Hsu gave to other candidates as well. If you check campaign records, you will see Mr. Hsu has donated to Barack Obama, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, and that the Paw family has contributed thousands to an Obama's PAC.
Plus, the Journal insisted on running the piece in the face of factual denials from all involved.
This is a hurtful, non-story with a smear factor and the Journal should be taken to task for publishing it.
But enough of my interpretation. Here is the statement from well-respected, prominent lawyer Lawrence Barcella,who is representing Norman Hsu.
Statement by Larry Barcella
Statements by Norman Hsu and Winkle Paw To WSJ Yesterday
August 28, 2007
Yesterday, Norman Hsu, Winkle Paw and I told the WSJ that there was nothing at all inappropriate about the contributions they had made – the WSJ chose to run the story anyway, knowing the implication they were making is untrue. Norman Hsu has been a longtime fundraiser for democratic causes and candidates. Like every fundraiser, he asks friends, colleagues and others to support the causes and candidates he supports. That is what every fundraiser in America for any cause does – political or non-profit – does. And, in none of these instances, to address the WSJ innuendo, has Mr. Hsu reimbursed them for their contributions.
The WSJ reporter contacted Norman late last week. Norman asked me to respond to them on his behalf. I made several attempts to reach the reporter, none of which were returned until yesterday (Monday) afternoon. I told the reporter and his editor that I had reviewed the Paw’s financial records, which clearly demonstrated that they easily had the financial wherewithal to make any level of contributions.
The reporter said in our first contact that he wanted to finish the story 'by the end of August.” At 6:30pm, he suddenly emailed that his editors had accelerated the story because they were worried about competition from the Washington Post and the NYT. I told them no other news organization had made contact with Norman, the Paws or me, so they had time to make sure their story was right.
I asked the reporter, in the presence of his editor, if I got permission to let them see the Paws’ financial information, which shows their resources, would they not run the story? His editor responded 3 times that they were running the story anyway.
I told both the reporter and his editor that it was clear that they were more interested in writing their story than the facts, that they were making no attempt to understand Asian-American culture, and that they were unfairly invading the privacy of the Paws and Norman (all of which makes the story's suggesting that the WSJ didn't understand my comment – that if Norman and the Paw’s last name was Smith or Jones, this story would not be written – completely disingenuous).
Perhaps more surprising, the reporter also elected to quote only selectively from the email statements that Norman, Winkle Paw and I sent.I've always had great relations with the press throughout my career...in fact, my father was a reporter...and I deeply value the media. This incident, however, is deeply troubling, as is clearly reflects a rush to print a story that smears two Asian-American families who wished nothing more than to privately give back some of what they felt America has given them by contributing to political candidates in whose values they believed
As to the photo of the Paws' house, now being passed around the internet, thanks to Mr. Mullins, I did a quick public records check and found they have owned the house since (at least)1989 when the sales price was $260,000 and its assessed value was $293,000.
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