Getting its "exclusive interview" with Seattle student and unwitting Weinergate dick-pic recipient Gennette Cordova was quite a coup for The New York Post. Cordova, after all, had until then denied all interviews from media outlets.
So how did a reporter from the Post, a paper well known for its tabloid stance on journalistic ethics, land an interview with such a reluctant and high-browed source?By apparently pretending to be anything but a reporter from The New York Post.
At least that's how Cordova herself is characterizing the encounter with Post reporter Reuven Fenton, who she says pretended he was a photographer's assistant during a student-freelancer photo shoot in Bellingham and then published her out-of-context responses to questions she says she never knew were being used in a story.
Cordova also takes issue with one of the main points of the Post's story, which was that she thought Rep. Weiner was intending to send the dick Tweet to a porn star named Ginger Lee.
And I never said the picture was meant for a pornstar. He suggested it and I said maybe. I don't know and don't care @politicoless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyGennette N Cordova
It should be noted that Cordova knew the photos being taken were for the Post, but not that anything she said was going to be quoted. Not that one shouldn't assume that everything is on the record when a tabloid newspaper employee is afoot.
The Washington Post tried to get a comment from Fenton. He refused and referred them to his editors. They also refused to comment, but eventually a NYP spokesperson said simply "We stand by our reporting."
The Post spokesperson did not address whether the paper stands by the methods used to do said reporting.