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WASHINGTON - MAY 28:  U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) speaks to the media during a news conference May 28, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - MAY 28: U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) speaks to the media during a news conference May 28, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  

Issa responds: NYT ‘hit piece’ ‘riddled with factual errors and careless assertions’

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

In a lengthy article Monday, The New York Times attempted to connect House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s private business interests with his public service as a Congressman. Drawing on talking points from the far left-wing Center for American Progress, the Times story implied that Issa’s mission in Congress isn’t to protect citizens from their government.

The California Republican was quick to strike back at the Times’ reporting, contesting what he considers to be factual errors and incorrect statements strewn throughout the piece. Issa’s contentions begin with the first sentence of the Times story.

“Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars,” Times reporter Eric Lichtblau wrote. According to Issa’s Congressional office, that building does not overlook a golf course.

The New York Times also reported that Issa had split a “holding company” he owned into “separate multi-billion dollar businesses.” Issa does not own a “multi-billion dollar business,” never mind several of them, according to his office.

The Times also hit Issa for what the newspaper asserted is a tie between Toyota and the congressman’s former company, Directed Electronics. The article states that Issa’s company provided car alarm systems to Toyota, so as a result, Issa may have taken a relaxed approach to the Japanese automaker during an investigation into the company’s vehicles’ safety.

“Mr. Issa brushed aside suggestions that his electronics company’s role as a major supplier of alarms to Toyota made him go easy on the automaker as he led an investigation into the recalls,” Lichtblau wrote.

Issa’s congressional office again directly countered the Times’ reporting: Directed Electronic is not a supplier of alarms to Toyota at all, his office says, much less a “major supplier.”

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  • Jasoncoombs91

    The times does not hire journalist’s, there are plagerism spewing idiots. I own a free weekly sports paper and we work hard for every story, very very long days, editing, photo’s,the idiots of that rag just want to hurry up so they can go slurp a Latte and drool over pics of Obama.. What a disgrace.

  • Annbiz811

    Guess he’s doing a really good job and making them extremely nervous.

  • Hal Daniels

    I would like to ask the NY Times that if a Congressman’s job is not to protect “citizens from their government” then who the hell’s job is it?  The President?  If that was the case a lot of citizens would be S.O.O.L. (S— out of luck) with our current one because he is the government we need protection from.    The title  ”REPRESENTATIVE”  means someone who represents you.  I realize they also draft and enact legislation but their most important duty is to represent their constituents whether it be drafting legislation or “protecting citizens from their government”.   Did Obama go and designate the New York Times as the new CZAR of job descriptions this week? 

  • LiberalDisgust

    These are the dying screaches of the foul beast known as Liberal Progessivism in America , while it slithers back into the bog that spawned it ! 

  • tanstaafl

    The author of a previous Issa hit piece, Lee Fang, described as a “researcher” for the The Center for American Progress (gag), tweeted last night that Lichtblau stole from him (March 2011) for his NYTimes piece.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/30/151097/issa-earmark-property/

    Cockroaches, one and all.