Louis, a columnist with The Daily News, recently had Congressman Gregory Meeks as a guest on WWRL's Morning Show with Errol Louis. Meeks said that a lot of the controversy that has been dogging him and State Senator Malcolm Smith, which includes possible financial missteps and ethical dilemmas, is nothing more than a bunch of muckraking undertaken by lobbyists representing people who want their piece of the pie in the deal to makeover Aqueduct Racetrack. Louis contends that they are playing the press, and the press is falling for it.
Louis then goes on to say that those reporters have a responsibility to put their sources in the story, and then makes a threat: “Just come out and say it. Because if you don’t, I will, and then you’ll be embarrassed.”
What's with the tease Errol, trying to get folks to tune in for your next show? How about some details?
Louis is implying that because the people “planting” these allegations have ulterior motives that automatically makes them not true. Um, not the case. Much of the information that journalists receive comes from people with an agenda, which is why they are offering up the information in the first place. That doesn't necessarily make what they say not true.
Journalists do indeed have a responsibility to independently verify the information, but Louis never said that the accusations against Meeks and his colleagues in south Queens don't have merit, just that he doesn't like where the information is coming from.
So who's going to get embarrassed? Guess you'll have to tune in next time and find out!