By now most of you know the Jewish Press, Yated Neeman's editor, and the Five Towns Jewish Times (owned by a Chabad follower) have all printed articles (in the case of the 5TJT, several articles) "clearing" Agriprocessors based on the one-day Agriprocessors-paid junket to Postville these "journalists" participated in.
These "journalists" have deemed the charges against Agriprocessors lashon hara, the same lashon hara, they say, spun against another successful non-union company which does good and is good –WalMart.
And haredi blogs like…
But there is far more to this…
…VIN parrot these "journalists" and Lerner.
Like Rabbi Pesach Lerner and other rabbis shilling for Rubashkin, these journalists are liars.
Jim Martin, Agriprocessors' compliance officer brought in after the raid, and the new safety officer he brought in, both told the rabbis and "journalists" that there were numerous problems at Agriprocessors before each was hired, and both told the rabbis and "journalists" they were working hard to fix them.
Yet Yated Ne'eman, the Jewish Press, and the Five Towns Jewish Times ignore that fact, "reporting" the story as if nothing had ever been amiss at Agriprocessors.
The sin of these "journalists" is compounded because they did not meet with any displaced Agriprocessors workers. They did not meet with any of the local clergy involved in feeding, housing, clothing and treating them.
The minister they did meet with, Gary Catterson of the Presbyterian church, is closely connected with Postville's monied elite and has been close to the Rubashkins for years. Pesach Lerner refused to set up meetings with the other clergy or with displaced workers, or with current workers off-site.
When he, at last minute, finally agreed to a meting with other clergy only – no unions, no workers, Lerner said, despite his later claim denying this – Lerner scheduled that meeting at the end of the tour, and then made it perfectly clear to all the other rabbis that attending that meeting would probably cause them to miss their planes, and Lerner would not be able to help them get new flights – or pay for them, if need be.
Of the 24 other participants, only 3 joined Lerner for that meeting.
One, Rabbi David Eiezrie, is a Chabad spokesman and shaliach who has been helping the Rubashkin family with the media. He knew about the meeting earlier and, with Lerner, planned the group's response to it.
The third rabbi was Daniel Moscowitz, another Chabad shaliach who is close to the Rubashkin family and to Eliezrie.
The fourth rabbi is a Minneapolis community rabbi who drove to Postville and who did not need to worry about missing a flight.
So, even though Yated Neeman, the Jewish Press and the 5TJT did not speak to any advocates for displaced workers, each paper printed stories smearing those advocates and "exonerating" Agriprocessors.
Luke Ford has already noted the similarity between this company-paid junket to Postville and the Red Cross' exoneration of the Nazis during WW2.
As for Jim Martin, he now has multiple examples of Agriprocessors misusing his work. A truly honest man would not allow this to stand. But Jim Martin does.
[Hat Tip for the 5TJT lashon hara article: DK.]