Grimm says the ‘Times’ has an anti-Catholic, anti-Israel agenda; no word on the ‘Advance’

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After a Times editorial this morning called for a formal investigation into Rep. Michael Grimm, he went on "Good Day New York" to accuse the paper of being an extension of the Democratic Party.

"Look, it's the timing," Grimm said. "The judge just moved up the primary from September to June and they have to get a candidate to run against me and they can't because I've been doing extremely well all year, fighting for Staten Island and Brooklyn, so they want to run a smear campaign to get a candidate to run against me."

The Times has run stories about Grimm appearing to skirt campaign rules and disclosure requirements, including taking an envelope with $5,000 in cash, and of allegedly providing misleading and false statements about his business practices prior to entering Congress.

Grimm said the stories are inaccurate and politically motivated. Grimm didn't respond to detailed questions from the Times about any of the reports.

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"I hit the trifecta for the New York Times," Grimm said. "I'm a conservative Republican. I'm an outspoken Catholic and, at the end of the day, one of the things that they also despise are people that are pro-Israel. I'm all three. For them, it's the perfect hat-trick."

As additional proof of the paper's bias, Grimm pointed to the Times story reporting he'd been removed by the Romney campaign as a delegate. It was actually first reported by the Staten Island Advance, a daily paper whose coverage greatly affects voters' perception of the congressman in the district.

Grimm didn't mention the Advance.