…[S]everal Jewish community activists met on Sunday morning here with Chaim Abrahams, a top manager of the plant. Aaron Goldsmith, a Postville resident who participated in the meeting, said Mr. Abrahams reported that about 360 of the arrested workers had received all payments that they were owed and that Agriprocessors was making weekly deliveries of food to about 30 immigrant families in Postville.
Although Agriprocessors executives have largely avoided speaking to the news media, Getzel Rubashkin, 24, a grandson of Aaron Rubashkin, emerged from the plant and approached the rally.
“There’s no argument here,” said Getzel Rubashkin, who said he works in the plant but was not a representative of Agriprocessors and was speaking for himself. Agriprocessors managers, he said, “treat their workers well and they pay their workers well and there is no other policy.”
“The company is not on the other side of any of these people,” he said, referring to the immigrants lined up behind banners across the street from the plant.
Getzel Rubashkin said a large number of illegal immigrants had been hired because they presented identity documents that he called convincing forgeries.
“The high number of illegal people who were working here is more a testimony to the quality of their deceit, of their papers,” Getzel Rubashkin said. He said the company did not criticize immigration authorities for the raid.
“Obviously some of the people here were presenting false documents,” Getzel Rubashkin said. “Immigration authorities somehow picked it up and they did what they are supposed to do, they came and picked them up. God bless them for it.”…
Nowhere in this article does the Times mention the allegations Agriprocessors provided these workers with false identity papers or the recent proof that these allegations are, in fact, true. (And then here, from the Des Moines Register.)
The Times' story of today's protest is not in any way a love letter to Agriprocessors. But it is irresponsible to omit details that prove a Rubashkin family spokesperson wrong, just as it is irresponsible to remove information from the Times website that unfavorable to Agriprocessors, and to censor comments that put Agriprocessors in a bad – but true – light.
What the Times wrote may be an accurate representation of today's protest – but it is not an accurate representation of all the facts surrounding it.
As for the Rubashkin family, they continue to lie. No surprise there.