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A Dead Cat, A Lawyer's Call And A 5-Figure Donation: How Media Fell Short On Epstein


Added 08-22-19 07:07:01pm EST - “Why did it take some of the nation's biggest news organizations so long to take seriously the accusations against the late Jeffrey Epstein? Allegations about his behavior go back more than a decade.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “A Dead Cat, A Lawyer's Call And A 5-Figure Donation: How Media Fell Short On Epstein”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Earlier this month, Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, authorities say, in federal prison as he faced criminal charges alleging sexual abuse of dozens of underage girls. AP hide caption

Earlier this month, Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, authorities say, in federal prison as he faced criminal charges alleging sexual abuse of dozens of underage girls.

A coterie of intimidating lawyers. A deployment of charm. An aura of invincibility. A five-figure donation to a New York Times reporter's favored nonprofit. A bullet delivering a message. Even, it is alleged, a cat's severed head in the front yard of the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair.

Such were the tools the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein is said to have used to try to soften news coverage and at times stave off journalistic scrutiny altogether.

Before his death earlier this month, Epstein owned the largest townhouse in Manhattan, little more than a mile from many of the nation's leading news organizations. He counted a former and a future president among his friends. He partied with royalty and supermodels. He was said to advise billionaires.

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