Despite its blatantly false and unethical reporting that smeared hasidic child-sex-abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner, the Forward is refusing to admit it did anything wrong.
Sam Norich, the Forward's publisher and CEO who once told me personally that its stories that took facts out of context and misled readers as to their true meaning were kosher. As long as the basic facts were correct – even if some facts that change their meaning were omitted or if the correct context that changes their meaning was omitted – all is kosher, Norich insisted.
Now Norich says that Kellner's lawsuit against the Forward is "without merit."
"We believe this lawsuit is without merit," he told The Jewish Week. "Our article treated all parties in this dispute — including Mr. Kellner — fairly and we stand by our reporting," Norich told the Jewish Week.
Kellner's lawsuit calls the Forward the "Pravda for pedophiles."
I think discovery in the lawsuit will prove that the suit is entirely with merit, and that the Forward did indeed smear Kellner – and likely did so intentionally.
The real question is, when that point is reached, what will happen to the Forward's editors and its unethical lead reporter, Paul Berger?