Paul Ryan's College Girlfriend Gets Joe The Plumber Treatment
From the liberal media.
In any event, the inquisition against Pope was just getting started. TMZ has been especially intrigued by this story. In an article headlined "Black Ex-Girlfriend Wants NOTHING To Do with Campaign," the gossip site bellyached that Ryan has no interest in talking to TMZ. (I can't imagine why.) As it happened, neither did Pope. "I'm not interested in talking," she told the site. "I don't know why everyone is calling. I'm newly married and would just like to be left alone."
Good luck with that one. Yesterday TMZ finally hit paydirt:
Deneeta D. Pope -- who made headlines recently as Ryan's African-American GF in college -- was indicted by a Grand Jury in November 1999 for allegedly swindling her former employer -- Ernst & Young -- out of $77,000.
Pope pled guilty in 2001 to stealing a lesser amount, but admitted she inflated expense reports, fabricated receipts and turned in phony invoices. She then used a wire transfer to move the money from a bank in Delaware to a different account in Chicago.
Pope created the scam by claiming she attended an educational course for work. Turns out ... the course didn't even exist.
Pope served 5 months in Federal Prison.
FYI -- Ryan dated Pope approximately 10 years before she was indicted. They met at Miami University of Ohio in the early 90's.I love that sweating, strenuous "FYI," as if it's just a minor, didja-know detail that the entire story has nothing to do with Paul Ryan, holds no possible interest to anybody in the year 2012, and lacks the slightest morsel of news value even by the forgiving standards of celebrity-misbehavior journalism. (That is supposed to be TMZ's business model, right? Have I missed something? Is K-Stew's post-Pattinson sulk not generating enough news?)
The woman has paid her debt to society. The story has nothing to do with Ryan. Even the Ryan quote that inspired TMZ's lynch mob is more than five years old. Pope has asked repeatedly to be left alone. I wouldn't expect TMZ to grant that request, but they should be criticized by those who pretend to hold a higher standard.
The establishment media, which have never been shy about calling out obsessives like Jerome Corsi, Dinesh D'Souza and Joe Arpaio when they sniff around the cold tracks of President Obama's old associates, should condemn TMZ for its harassment of Pope.