There is an open Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigation into what appear to be clear Fair Housing Act violations by Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm and Satmar hasidim regarding Lamm's Blomingburg, New York Satmar-only townhouse development.
I reported two days ago that the Forward's article on the new Satmar 'village' in Bloomingburg, New York, omitted clear Fair Housing Law violations committed by Satmar (and, perhaps, Lamm).
I have now been told by Michele I. Yuan, the attorney who brought the matter to HUD's attention, that there is an open Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigation into these violations – a fact, I'm told, Yuan told the Forward's reporter. Yet news of the investigation was omitted from the Forward's story, just as the Forward omitted reporting the evidence of the violations.
I've written before that the Forward is unethical and that it is tilting its stories intentionally to appeal to Satmar hasidim in the hope that it can lure some of them to regularly read its Yiddish-language edition – which is viewed as the primary reason for the Forward Association's existence.
The Forward's publisher told me personally that eliminating information from an article that misleadingly changed the article's implied meaning and/or the correct context of the facts the article reports is ethical and not a problem – something that two top journalism ethics experts teaching at major universities told me was abhorrent and absolutely incorrect.
Is this another example of the Forward lying by omission?
It sure looks like it.