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Saturday, April 27, 2013

TWO YEARS LATER, THE MAINSTREAM PRESS CATCHES UP WITH THE PIGFORD SCANDAL #tcot

TWO YEARS LATER, THE MAINSTREAM PRESS CATCHES UP WITH THE PIGFORD SCANDAL

By: John Hayward | 4/26/2013

Andrew BreitbartThis has got to be one of the most stunning confirmations of media bias, and one of the greatest vindications of conservative media, since the epic fall of Dan Rather. Anyone familiar with the late Andrew Breitbart’s focus on this story can only shake their heads in wonder as the New York Times finally notices the Pigford scandal, in which a program to compensate black farmers for discrimination “became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees.” (The name “Pigford” comes from the 1997 Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit that got the whole thing rolling.)

Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm.

But a succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed their pleas. Instead of an army of potential claimants, the government faced just 91 plaintiffs. Those cases, the government lawyers figured, could be dispatched at limited cost.

They were wrong.

Oh, brother, were they ever wrong.

READ the rest of the article at HumanEvents...

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