City Paper is not for tourists.
The Washington Post broke the story about Cora Masters Barry allegedly laundering $2,000 for the Washington Business political action committee and routing it through the son of her housekeeper, Barbara Mouring, to her brother, Walter Masters. But the public only learned what started the commotion three days into the scandal, and not from the Post. Last week, during an interview with Lark McCarthy on Fox Morning News, Postie Yolanda Woodlee revealed that the initial tip was that the Barrys had failed to pay Mouring’s social security and local withholding taxes. A few days later, Mayor Barry told Fox he was advised by his attorney that he wasn’t obligated to pay social security taxes since he and his wife were providing the Mourings with a place to live. But Barry refused to comment about whether the money his wife said they paid Mouring was wages, or simply a gift. That’s no surprise: If the answer is wages, the Barrys violated federal and local labor laws. Unlike both Fox and the Washington Times, the Post —apparently convinced that one allegation of lawbreaking is better than two—has yet to inform its readers of the withholding issue.