Report: NYT Reporter Solicited $30K Charity Donation From Jeffrey Epstein

The Daily Caller | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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A New York Times journalist tasked with covering Jeffrey Epstein reportedly solicited a five-figure charity contribution from the late pedophile in 2017.

Landon Thomas Jr., a 16-year veteran of The NYT, allegedly disclosed to his editors in 2018 that he was a longtime friend of Epstein’s and had solicited a $30,000 donation to a private preschool in Harlem, NPR reported.

Epstein - Gratitude - America - Ltd - Contribution

Epstein’s non-profit, Gratitude America, Ltd., lists the contribution on its 2017 tax filings.

Thomas made the disclosure after his editors tapped him to follow up on a tip that Epstein was advising Tesla founder Elon Musk. Thomas said he had used Epstein as a source for finance-related stories in the past, and that they had become friends.

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Thomas left The NYT in January, though it is not clear whether his departure was directly tied to the Epstein revelation.

Times staffers were embarrassed to learn of Thomas’s links to Epstein, especially given that paper’s early work on the #MeToo movement, according to NPR. Times editors instructed Thomas to end professional contact with Epstein.

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“Soliciting a donation to a personal charity is a clear violation of the policy that governs Times journalists’ relationships with their sources,” NYT spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told NPR. “As soon as editors became aware of it, they took action.”

Pressed for details about Thomas’s departure from The NYT, Murphy provided the Daily Caller News Foundation with the same statement given to NPR.

NPR - Story - Details - Interactions - Epstein

The NPR story details other interactions between Epstein and news organizations writing about his sexual exploits. Epstein’s lawyers, including Alan Dershowitz, used heavy-handed tactics to force some news outlets to back off of writing stories about Epstein, according to the article. A former editor...
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