After reading my earlier posts on the AP article on Jack Abramoff and Harry Reid, longtime TPM Reader DY wrote in and said, "After I read your post, I was wondering something. Did AP call Ron Platt? I mean, he clearly was willing to talk, and he clearly would have added to the story. Or actually, made a third of the story false, but be that as it may..."
(Platt, of course, is the former Greenberg-Traurig lobbyist who the AP article alleges was Abramoff's point of contact in trying to persuade Reid to support the position of the Marianas Island sweatshop owners. For the details on this and why talking to Platt might have been relevant, see this earlier post from this afternoon.)
Anyway, that sounded like a good question.
So I got hold of Platt and asked him. He told me he hadn't spoken to them for the piece and they'd made no attempt to get hold of him.
"So AP not only did not speak to you for this article, but made no attempt to speak to you?," I asked in a follow-up earlier this evening. "Exactly. No Voicemail[.] no record of any incoming," came his reply.