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Monday, March 12, 2007

Mayor's Office: "Mayor Rybak has never been investigated by the Dept. of Justice"

I wrote to Jeremy Hanson about the report that says Rybak was investigated by the Feds. I just received this reply:


You recently posted on your blog that, according to a report from two emeritus communications professors, Mayor Rybak was investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. However, to the best of our knowledge, Mayor Rybak has never been investigated by the Dept. of Justice. In fact, if you look more closely at this report, the authors base their research on news stories not actual DOJ investigation documents. On the column of their chart labeled “Date of Story” 9-09-05 likely refers to a story in the Star Tribune from that day, where Mayor Rybak said that the City would cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s office on the Zimmerman investigation. The “Date” does not refer to DOJ investigation documents. Mayor Rybak is requesting that the professors remove his name from their chart because it is creating the impression that he was investigated when he was not. We would appreciate it if you would please correct this inaccuracy on your blog so that your readers know that the Mayor was not investigated. Thanks!

Since this report was quoted in a Paul Krugman NYT editorial, I assumed the two professors were somewhat credible.

I just asked if it was true, now we know it isn't. I think Donald Shields and John Cragan should apologize to the Mayor and any other public figures who were mistakenly listed as having been investigated.


DavidD said...

Perhaps they were investigated sans knowledge... seems that's what happened to the convicted criminal Dean Zimmerman

Avidor said...

Read this update: