Jeannie Baumann, a reporter for the northern Virginia-based Herndon Observer, wrote a story in June 2001 that pooh-poohed Steven Emerson's and my mention of a terrorism link to Herndon; the Council on American-Islamic Relations then plastered her seeming rebuttal all over the internet. I immediately replied by providing evidence for Herndon's connection to Osama bin Laden and went on to criticize Baumann as one of those reporters who "fail to do the spadework needed to dig out stories in their own backyards."
Now, nearly two and a half years later, Baumann has implicitly conceded the point; she has an above-the-fold headline article in today's Herndon Observer titled "Muslim Groups Accused of Financing Terrorism" which is replete with details about the "more than 100 businesses and non-profit groups that operate or have operated out of 500 Grove St. and 555 Grove St. in Herndon." It is good to see that even the more willfully oblivious observers of Islamist terrorism are gradually learning. (October 24, 2003)