My Name is Douglas Greenberg and last year I made headlines as the focus of stories in The New York Times and the Daily Astorian in Oregon that were filled with errors, omissions and skewed language that made me out to be someone I am not.
The Times account – which described years-old false allegations and was on the front page – falsely linked me to the #MeToo movement and cost me my job as a wealth advisor.
The sad reality is that the past 5 years of allegations against me stem from hurt feelings over a messy divorce and a regrettable affair. There should be no misconceptions about it, I made mistakes and contributed to the end of our marriage. But I did not commit the alleged abuse that was written about.
I realize why in the heat of the #MeToo movement these allegations against me seemed too good to pass up, but that did not give these journalists the right to publish stories replete with omissions and mistakes.
Here are just a few: The Times stated women had taken out restraining orders against me and reported on their accusations as though they were true. But the story failed to mention that these protective orders contained only uncorroborated claims and they were dismissed by judges. The Astorian said my ex had gone on the run for a month to hide from me, when in fact she went about life as usual. And both stories claim I’d sent crazy notes with letters cut out of magazines, when in fact I’d done no such thing and there is not a shred of evidence to suggest otherwise.
Last summer, months after the stories appeared, I sat down with the writers, Emily Flitter of The New York Times and R.J. Marx of The Daily Astorian. I made my case and shared extensive documentation. Both conceded that I’d made valid points, but yet unfortunately they both refused to update the stories or write new accurate accounts of what really occurred. Appeals to their editors — Derrick DePledge at the Astorian and David Enrich at The Times — were fruitless.
I’m a father of two wonderful boys and am determined to get back to work helping my clients and contributing productively to society. I’ve lost friends and associates because of all this. I want them to see the facts.
So I built this website to tell my story. In it, I have taken the articles from The New York Times and The Daily Astorian and annotated (click on the red, green and orange text) them to make the facts clear – by pointing out the errors, omissions and skewed language that link to primary source documents. As you will see, the facts are on my side.
These annotations focus on the media and how two newspapers produced deeply flawed and inaccurate articles about me. Subsequent updates will include additional inculpatory information.
If you are interested, please take the time to read through my website with an open mind.