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Jan 23 2012

Congressman Furious With The New York Post

If I were two faced, why would I wear this one?

Meeks blames a deluge of negative press on two Post reporters, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent. He alleges that the New York Post only writes negative stories, but he doesn’t know why these two are “after him.”

In the interview, Meeks links a lack of journalistic integrity to  an agreement the Post has with a group called NRPC [National Legal and Policy Center].

Meeks stands by his record and points out that the community he represents does too.

City and State:The very first sentence out of embattled Queens Congressman Greg Meeks’ mouth during an interview yesterday was a New Year’s resolution.

“This is going to be the year that the New York Post stops spreading these things about me,” Meeks said.

Meeks had just come from a meeting with the secretary general of the United Nations. And before that, he attended a State of the State address by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Queens. But as he sipped tea in the posh lounge of the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue, it was clearly the Post that was on his mind.

That’s understandable. Open up the paper many Sundays, and there’s some sort of negative article about the Queens congressman – usually followed the next day by an editorial. The tabloid has hit Meeks for his ties to indicted real estate tycoon Ed Ahmad; ties to a troubled charity he founded; the AEG scandal; his outstanding water bill; campaign cash used to fix a car; and much, much more. Its coverage has sparked subpoenas and investigations.

Our interview wasn’t scheduled to be about anything in particular. I asked Meeks about the details of the various scandals and the proposed convention center out in southeast Queens.  But all the really interesting answers seemed to come when Meeks talked about the Post. What follows is an edited transcript:

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