The U.S. Navy Veterans Association responds
Answering questions from the St. Petersburg Times, the group sent hundreds of pages of e-mails that veered into attacks on the reporter, the newspaper and the nonprofit that owns it, the Poynter Institute. Here are nine key responses.
No member of the group will talk to the Times because its reporting can't be trusted.
A line-by-line critique of a story on former Hillsborough Elections Supervisor Buddy Johnson.
The Poynter Institute is "a dubious charity." Also, it would be be impossible for just one man to run the Navy Veterans organization.
Responses to questions about an auditor, an award and foundations the Times could not find, and to questions about Bobby Thompson's political contributions.
The Poynter Institute and the Times were "masterminded" to dodge taxes and support favored political activities.
The group ridicules the Times' inability to find its officers and calls the newspaper investigation a "pyschobabble-based attack."
The group says its own thorough review found no wrongdoing by the association. The group calls on the reporter to resign and the Times to pay its $36,099 legal bill.
The Times' e-mail and telephone messages left for two volunteers caused "emotional distress" and "physical pain." Future attempts to contatct them may be considered criminal "stalking."
The group puts the "truth-o-meter" on the Times and gives additional information on a questionable audit and its missing auditor.
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