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Former New York Times financial journalist Landon Thomas Jr., who once penned favorable coverage of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, allegedly solicited a sizeable charity donation from him in 2017, a report says.
According to NPR, Thomas confessed details of his relationship with Epstein to Times editors last summer, including that he asked the disgraced investor to donate $30,000 to a Harlem cultural center. Tax filings for 2017 show Gratitude America, a non-profit controlled by Epstein, made a donation to the center. Thomas reportedly spilled the beans regarding his relationship with Epstein after interviewing the businessman about reports he was secretly advising Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a rumor the billionaire electric car company found denies.
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After revealing his friendship with Epstein and the donation to his then-editor, David Enrich, he was ordered to cease all contact with the convicted pedophile. According to the Daily Beast, Enrich was “shocked” by what Thomas had told him.
“It was made clear to Landon that he was never to have any professional contact with Epstein whatsoever,” one source told the Daily Beast. “He wasn’t to call him or speak to him or use him as a source. This was a flagrant breach of NYT ethical guidelines and editors were horrified.”
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Thomas reportedly left the Times in early 2019 was “pushed out” by Ellen Pollock, the newspaper’s leading business editor, according to the Daily Beast.
“We wish we had of gotten rid of him sooner. He should have been fired on the spot,” a source told the news outlet.
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On Thursday, the Times confirmed in a statement that Thomas no longer works at the newspaper.
“Landon Thomas Jr. is no longer on staff at the Times. Soliciting a donation to a personal charity is a clear violation of the policy that governs Times journalists’s relationships with their sources, and as soon...
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