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Revenge Is Tweet, Finds Lobbyist Miffed By New York Times Story

Posted Nov 20, 2009 5:25 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: Aggravated by a critical New York Times article this week about a major client, the vice chairman of Washington, D.C.'s Cassidy & Associates lobbying firm struck back via social media.

Turning to his personal Twitter feed, Gregg Hartley blasted the Times reporter who wrote the article for having an appearance of conflict of interest in the story about Equatorial Guinea: The reporter's father, a federal district court judge, heard a high-profile case concerning the country several years ago, reports the Blog of Legal Times in an article reprinted in the National Law Journal.

Both the Times and Judge Ricardo Urbina say there was no conflict.

Hartley admits he didn't verify the connection before tweeting, but says: "Here's one thing about social media. You don't have to always be right." If he turns out to be wrong, though, Hartley says he would send out a subsequent correction on Twitter, too.

Corrected at 5:20 p.m. to reflect that Cassidy & Associates is a political consulting firm for which Hartley works as a lobbyist.

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