The stories about DiFi weren't written by some right-wing nut, however. They were written by Peter Byrne (at left), an award-winning investigative journalist funded by The Nation Institute, which describes itself as a "liberal-left independently funded and administered organization, committed to a just society and the principles of the First Amendment." His stories were published by San Jose's Metro and the North Bay Bohemian, not exactly right-wing rags.
Malkin said she received an e-mail from a reader who claims to have corresponded with Vlae Kershner (right), news director of the Chron's SFGate.com, about the lack of coverage of the DiFi controversy. According to what Malkin posted, Kershner claims DiFi's resignation from the subcommittee wasn't true, adding:
- You should show the report to your class as an example of how special interests can disseminate phony news on the Internet.
- [J]ust to clarify my prior message, I'm told that what happened was that when the Democrats won control in January, she got off the Military Construction subcommittee to take the chair of Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior instead.
On Monday, Feinstein's office released a statement that was posted by the blog FogCityJournal.com in which Feinstein, through her spokesman, gives a detailed denial of the allegations that she funneled billions of taxpayer dollars to her husband's companies. For whatever reason, the Democratic senator's statement cannot be found on the press release portion of her Web site.
- • Jan. 24, Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict -- As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms
• Jan. 25, Metro's news release about Byrne's series
• Jan. 31, Daddy Kleinbucks -- Why the media missed the story on Dianne Feinstein's past conflicts of interest
• Feb. 28, Blum Rap -- Turns out Senator Dianne Feinstein isn't the only one in her family with an ethics problem
• March 21, Feinstein Resigns -- Senator exits MILCON following Metro expose, vet-care scandal