Sunday, April 10, 2011

Journalism Disconnect



Hynes Calls Reporters  Stenographers in His Emails to A Judge 

Former DA Hynes in his emails wasclosely attuned to how he’s portrayed in the press, using a variety of disparaging adjectives to describe journalists. One is called “irrelevant,” another “sloppy” while others are dismissed as “stenographers.”



 The Political Class Jerking Off for the Press. . .
Mayor Bill de Blasio took quite the beating at the Manhattan Institute’s annual Alexander Hamilton Award dinner last night. According to Twitter accounts of the evening, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush drew loud applause when he called on former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to campaign against Mr. de Blasio is 2017. Quipped hedge fund manager Paul Singer, “Our new mayor is the kind of guy who watched ‘Waiting for Superman’ and rooted for Lex [Luthor],” according to one Times reporter present. Assemblyman and state Democratic Co-Chair Keith Wright has filed a complaint against state GOP Chair Ed Cox, accusing the Republican of living in Manhattan but voting on Long Island, the News reported. “For the leader of one of the state’s major political parties to engage in voter fraud is as unconscionable as it is unlawful,” charged Mr. Wright. Responded Mr. Cox: “I was born there, I was brought up there, we have our burial plots there … That’s what I define as home.”* BOE spox: "There's no such thing as a primary residence in New York anymore."(NYDN)




A News Pioneer Calls On Reporters to Stand Up to City Hall's Restrictions     

Gabe Pressman of the Press Club and press corps wants press uprising at City Hall  
De Blasio’s game: Beat the press (NYDN)  Pressman: "I was there at the beginning of the television age at City Hall. A few newspaper reporters objected when I tried, for the first time, to film a mayoral press conference.“We’re not actors,” they said. But several of my newspaper colleagues backed me up when I objected to being excluded. Ultimately, Mayor Robert Wagner ruled that television reporters had every right to cover his press conferences along with the written press. Perhaps the battle we fought 60 years ago needs to be fought again today. New mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides are choking off television and newspaper access by tightly defining what we are given access to cover, as well as our access to the mayor himself.

Koch Look Forward to Answering Every Question, He Saw As Part of the Requirements/Responsibility of the Office of Mayor
It’s not a new phenomenon. Mayor Bloomberg would ration reporters generally to one question, with no follow-ups allowed. Rudolph Giuliani was a little more available. But there’s been a steady fall-off over the years in mayoral accessibility. The high point of availability of a chief executive to the press was the Ed Koch era. He loved to joust with the press, at formal Blue Room press conferences, more intimate ones in his private office and informal, on-the-run encounters at the radiator in the corridor as he was rushing in or out of City Hall. Mayor de Blasio’s printed schedule, by contrast, shows an abundance of mayoral events with the words “closed press.” That means we are told where the mayor will be but also that we’re not permitted to follow him there.

de Blasio Secret Meeting Expose A Press Core With Different Values Then Pressman's Era
Mayor de Blasio’s printed schedule, by contrast, shows an abundance of mayoral events with the words “closed press.” That means we are told where the mayor will be but also that we’re not permitted to follow him there. On May 7, the mayor was listed as speaking at the Urban Fellows graduation ceremony. The schedule noted: “This event will be closed press.” On May 6, de Blasio went to Washington, where his schedule listed him meeting with Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with the New York Congressional delegation. “Closed press.” At noon the same day, he was to speak to a meeting of the Communications Workers of America. “Closed press.” That evening, de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and their daughter, Chiara, were to speak at the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. That was listed as open press, but noting that “there will be no Q and A.

Jefferson Supported A Free Press to Enlighten Citizens to the Real Activities of Their Government, Modern Day Lobbyists Get Paid to Hide the Truth

We live in an age of consultants and press officers, whose mission is not to open up public officials and politicians to more scrutiny. Their goal is the opposite: to keep journalists from too much prying, too much in-your-face kind of questioning, especially on certain topics. But journalists are eyes and ears for all of us, and we need them to push office-holders and politicians who try to limit our access to them. Here at City Hall, we journalists have to take some responsibility for what has been a gradual limiting of our access.

In 1735 Zenger When to Jail to Give Reporters the Right to Inform the Public What Their Officials Where Reall Up Too

New York has a proud tradition of in-your-face journalism going back to John Peter Zenger, who was jailed for writing critically about the English governor back in 1735. Zenger was jailed, then freed after a dramatic trial that was a milestone in the struggle for freedom of the press. In Zenger’s name, we need to renew that struggle whenever mayors, governors or presidents try to limit us or deny us access.
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Awards And Media Coverage for Failed Lobbyists Parkside Group
Lobbyists Groups Parkside Spent $7.5 Million of Real Estate Developers Money and Failed to Elected A Council Speaker. . . Making Their Queens Boss Crowley Their Benefactor A Loser


Last week the New York City-based political consulting firm The Parkside Group were recognized with Gold Medals by both the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and Campaign & Elections Magazine for their direct mail work in the 2013 election cycle, which included literature promoting many of this year’s incoming class of New York City Council members. These latest accolades make Parkside one of the most decorated firms in New York City, with 24 total awards for its direct mail, television and radio commercials and print design. Evan Stavisky, a co-founder and managing director at the Parkside Group, emails. (City and State)

Horse Feathers Media Meets "Vinny the Chin" Avoidance and Pretending Not to Know

The Making of An Uninformed Public
NYT and MSM Think Protecting Horse-Carriages is More Important That Uncovering An Election Sandal That May Have Determined the Outcome of the Mayor and City Council Speaker Races

In 2009 when Tom Robbins wrote The Mayor's Press Pass, in the Village Voice it look like independent media coverage of politics was dead for good, and that elected officials like Mayor Bloomberg would control news coverage for good. Now five years latter an explosion of blogs covering politics the question of news coverage is not quite as clear. Yes there is more news, but it is clearly not anywhere near the investigative independent journalism that Robbins, Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett produced for years at the voice.  Just ask the biggest corruption fighter in town today, U.S. Attorney who criticized the lack of investigating reporting in today's NYC media:

"Rather than just covering the cases that my office and other offices are already bringing, figure out ways to break new ground and to cover new stories" Bharara


When it comes to investigative journalism reporters and newspapers become "Vinny the Chin" ignoring the issues while pretending not to know what is going on. Today's reporters operating in very weak media economy and with lack of experience or historical understand think good journalism is reporting first what the mayor or any pol said, now what is really going on. * U.S. Lost 30% of its Paid Journalists in 6 Years



No Investigative Journalism Allows Corruption to Grow U.S. Attorney Bharara (Update)

NY's Media Gang Ignores Bharara
As the media goes after every detail of Gov Christie defense of closing a bridge, not a Preet is heard about Albany Speaker Silver and the rest of the crooks cutting Moreland's investigation funds.  New York City's media seems to have an on and off switch on investigative journalism or who they go after.  Ask Liu or Spitzer. Every elected official and the flacks, media barrons and prosecutors who protect them understand that only media attention to government scandals can cause enough public pressure to an demand investigation. Over 90% of media coverage are press releases or tipped stories from lobbyists, flacks or elected officials. Today's new generation of journalists think publishing information first is more important than independent analysis to inform the public what is really going on. They have become dependent on the lobbyists, flacks to get them their fix of breaking news which usually is limited to who an elected officials will appoint, new programs and the spin of the day coming from people payed to cover up the truth. Helps create batzarro politics where pols take credit for what they promise not how well they deliver services or make proper decisions.


NY Observer Calls the Daily New Investigation of NYCLASS A Crusade . . . We Thought That Was What the Obsever Was Doing to the AG Schneiderman

The Daily News continued its horse-drawn carriage crusade with yet another cover dedicated to the issue. Today the paper reports that the anti-carriage group NYCLASS is under federal investigation because the group allegedly told mayoral candidate Christine Quinn “that if she didn’t back the proposed ban on carriage horses, they would spend big money on a political campaign attacking her.” 

Trump the NY Observer Vs Schneiderman
NY Observer: "LESS THAN FIVE years ago, Mr. Schneiderman was an anonymous cog in the chaotic, dysfunctional New York State Senate." And how about calling him the most political AG in memory. Earlier AGs since 1954 have run for Gov, Senate, NYC Mayor
The Family Newspaper
The NY Observer, owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, published a scathing story on AG Eric Schneiderman, that focuses in part on the AG’s dealings with the Trump family. The original reporter on the story was “spooked” by a conversation with an AG spokesman. “Given his plans to attend law school someday, this reporter resigned from this assignment.” The reporter who ultimately wrote the story said he was “not discouraged or encouraged” by his employer to write anything in particular about Schneiderman.
Cuomo bemoans "24-hour blogs": "You have this constant chatter that is not necessarily the most credible"

Dumbing Down News

24-Hour News Cycle Makes Governing More Difficult, Gov. Cuomo Says(NYDN) Gov. Cuomo, media observer: "They have to get it up first. They have to get it up fast." “I don’t believe it raises the quality,” he added. “As a matter of fact, I think it lowers the quality, but it increases the frequency. So you have this constant chatter, that is not necessarily the most credible, the most insightful. But it’s constant and that dictates a rhythm to the governmental dialogue, which again is fast, and quick and facile, but not necessarily intellectual or correct.”




Media Blackout Keeps the Public Ill Informed On the Closing of the Moreland Commission
The Siena poll also shows that most voters know little about the Moreland Commission, but those who do overwhelmingly side with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara over the governor that Moreland should have continued. But, "Nearly two-thirds of voters, 63 percent, said they sided with Bharara in the disagreement" 
Voters Disapprove of Cuomo’s Shutdown of Anticorruption Panel, Poll Shows(NYT)
Discontent with the move, criticized publicly by the United States attorney in Manhattan, crosses party lines in the survey by Siena College. * Cuomo, Astorino Spar Over Disbanding of Anti-Corruption Commission(NY1)
More on the Closing of the Moreland Commission 



The NY Media Covers Putin's Corrupt Election in Crimeans and is Silent About Selling the Mayor's Ballot Line in A NYC

Will Putin Take Over NYC Next?
 In two weeks it will be one year since Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilman Dan Halloran, Bronx Republican Chairman Jay Savino and Queens GOP VP Vince Tabone. The media has not done one investigative story about the Smith attempt to buy the mayor's seat. As U.S. Attorney Bharara pointedly asked: “What can we expect when transgressions seem to be tolerated and nothing ever seems to change?” “Putting dirty politicians in prison may be necessary, but is not sufficient. Hard as it is to believe, New York’s public-corruption crisis is getting worse.

The press has a role to play, Mr. Bharara said, noting that he is saddened by recent reports of newspaper closings and staff downsizing. "Rather than just covering the cases that my office and other offices are already bringing, figure out ways to break new ground and to cover new stories," he said. "Groundbreaking corruption coverage is not just good copy, it's a path to good government." Bharara Preet Bharara hopes for more muckraking in ... - Capital Sept 18, 2013 As Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was also arrested, put it in an FBI transcript, “Money is what greases the wheels.” Politics is “all about how much.”
 ‘Bribing’ his way onto the ballot: State Sen., city Councilman Halloran face fed rap today(NYP) State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran will be slapped with federal charges today in a stunning bribery scheme to rig this year’s mayoral election.* The king of Queens graft(NYP Ed) Smith has been linked to so many dubious schemes the FBI must have had an entire branch on his tail: Bid-rigging for the Aqueduct racino. Co-founding a Katrina charity that saw nearly $30,000 vanish. Diverting campaign funds for lavish personal trips and meals. Even opening (and then ruining) a Queens charter school in what appears to be a plot to boost home sales for a developer and big-time donor.

Increasing Narcissism Inner Circle

Whoring Journalism
As journalism and politics disconnect from the average Joe, more and more reporters cover themselves much more.  It not only the growing narcissism in the journalism trade it is connected to a shocking lack of knowledge about the topics being covered and no shame or morals on protecting pols and the hired lobbyists who work for them.  It is no accident that a lot of the members of the reporters inner circle are ex reporters working for lobbyists.
 
Lobbyists Andrew Kirtzman is lone done with his NY1 Days
Now the lobbyists gets a puff piece in an article in an online blog that takes ads from lobbyist. The 60-second interview: Andrew Kirtzman, VP at Global Strategy Group(Capital)




CM Dromm' Joe McCarthy Hearing
With No Evidence of Corruption in A City Full of It, Progressive CM Drumm Wants to Asked Charter School Leader Moskowitz if She is Corrupt

Where is Murrow?
Council’s education head: Ask charter network boss about corruption(NYP)  The head of the City Council’s Education Committee said Tuesday he intends to call charter chief Eva Moskowitz to a hearing just in case “corruption were to exist” in the ­finances of her 22-school network. “We need accountability, we need transparency, and we need to know who is giving them the money and what they’re doing with that money,” Dromm said. “This is an opportunity, if corruption were to exist . . . I can’t just let it go.” Moskowitz, a former council member, has never been accused of corruption even by her harshest critics. It’s not clear if Dromm has jurisdiction over Moskowitz, who is not a city employee. Moskowitz has not received an invitation to testify, said a spokeswoman who would not comment further.  McCarthy-Welch Exchange: “Have You No Sense of Decency” Councilman Dromm? * NYC Councilman Danny Dromm, the chairman of the Education Committee, asked the city’s top investigator whether he has the power to probe the political activities of charter schools.

1954 Journalist Murrow Attacks McCarthyism
As We Mark the 60th Anniversary Edward R. Murrow Attack on Joe McCarthy With All the Corruption Going On In New York Where Are this Generation of Journalist? Edward R Murrow vs Joe McCarthy - YouTube

 
2014 As Mayor Limits Access Press Warms to Him With Selfie

de Blasio dramatically limits the press's access to him. The liberal media says nothing * De Blasio Talks With Press on City Hall Steps(NY1)
De Blasio talks getting 'out of the bubble,' snaps selfie with press corps(SI Advance) * De Blasio clowns with press, takes selfie on City Hall steps * De Blasio has a message problem, but who’s to blame? (Nation)


Local TV News Has Become Wires and Lights in A Box

This instrument (television) can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”Edward R. Murrow 1958 speech * Good Night, and Good Luck: Edward Murrow Speech



Local TV News Which Makes Millions Off of the Culture of Big Campaign Spending Has Not Cover the Moreland Commission


Pay to Report Local TV
Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in TV lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)  Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion
Moreland Updates _
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The Only Way the NY Media Will Investigate the Campaign PACS if They Were Run By A NJ Governor

Since the election there have been no reports on the effects of PAC on the 20013 election. The only coverage of one of the major PAC leaders was for the Advance Group free help to Mark-Viverito speakers campaign. Nothing about the work Advance did for NYCLASS, United for the Future and the Citizens Action PAC. Ms. Mark-Viverito was escorted around Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club recently by Michael Cohen, a Bishop Pitta consultant, according a source in attendance. Mr. Cohen has retained an attorney in relation to the indictment of Democratic political consultant Melvin Lowe but says he's not in the complaint.* The Advance Group admitted its work for City Action Coalition PAC was problematic. “We Advance Group did a favor for a political operative that we have a longstanding relationship with by sending his mailer to a printer,” an Advance Group spokeswoman said. “It was a mistake that we regret and is completely inconsistent with our history.”
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Dump Down Local Media

Media Failed At Its Coverage of Campaign 2013 but WNBC TV Does Give Us Bloopers
Campaign bloopers: Highlights (and lowlights) from the 2013 New York City mayoral race | WATCH: (WNBC)  Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese Sal Albanese states thanks to poor coverage of the race, the former councilman argues, New York's voters are the real losers. (City Limits).  New Yorkers are bombarded with a dumbed-down discourse that focuses on sensationalism and the political horserace. This trend is not only pushing smart, underpaid reporters to premium niche sites read mostly by the chattering class; it's hurting our citizens. Then, the Anthony Weiner Circus came to town. Newspaper editors put public safety, failing schools, and the affordability crisis aside in favor of anatomical puns. In a real twist, I received more quotes in the month of July, when I called for Mr. Weiner to step out of the race, than during the preceding six months.Elections have consequences, and so does the way that we cover them. For the sake of our city's future, we must demand better.



Local TV News Which Makes Millions Off of the Culture of Big Campaign Spending Has Not Cover the Moreland Commission


Pay to Report Local TV
Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in TV lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)  Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion
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Trump Throws A Bone
REVEALED! The “Donald Trump for governor”: buzz originated with … Donald Trump. The real estate manager and reality TV host met with a group of freshman Republicans in New York City for a two-hour confab where the Donald's on-record posture about a gubernatorial run went from a flat no to “he's willing to meet them again.” Whether or not his interest is genuine—and history offers many, many examples of why it wouldn't be—the meeting was not a case of rank-and-file Republicans boosting Trump, but rather one of Trump's own initiative: a senior GOP official told Capital that Trump first reached out to Republican State Chairman Ed Cox in mid-October, but was rebuffed.* Gov. The Donald? Trump won’t confirm or deny New York gubernatorial bid(NYDN) * Cox Says He Hasn’t Talked To Trump(YNN) * Donald Trump cut two checks totalling $15,000 to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s successful re-election campaign this year. *State GOP chair Ed Cox on Donald Trump gubernatorial bid: "I just don't see it happening."
Campaign 2013 Media Failure


New and Post Copy News From  Local Paper

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The Silence of the Media On the Vote Count



Why Did NYC Spend $95 Million for New Voting Scanner That Don't Work?
Where is the Demand for A City Council Investigation of the BOE Scanner Contracts

The BOE give out a list of the broken machines a day after the  primary - has anyone seen that list?
What Happen to the BOE Machine Count Due Out Sunday Night?  Why is the media so passive? The Daily News was the first to ask for the old machines but has not said a word about counting the votes.  The truth is the scanner were bought after lobbyist made deals with the BOE commissioners and party leaders.  Only True News has investigated those deals. 
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Dying Newspaper Power




Biggest E-Day Loser: NYPost/Dicker. Wrong on casinos, wrong on DeBlasio, wrong on judges. / motto: "Right to be Wrong"



Murdoch's Power Lost Over 36 Years
De Blasio’s two-borough campaign trail(NYP) Bill de Blasio promised not to be Manhattan-centric if he’s elected mayor Tuesday — but the only other borough he’s shown much love on the campaign trail is his own. A review of de Blasio’s campaign itinerary since the Sept. 10 primary shows the Brooklyn-based Democrat made 27 stops in Manhattan — the most of any borough — followed by 16 in Brooklyn. That left the three remaining outer boroughs getting short shrift: He made seven visits to Queens, four to The Bronx and just two to Staten Island.* New York Post Asks if Mayor de Blasio Will Rap With Violent Gangbangers(NYP)



Latest Poll: NYC Media Disconnected With the Public

NY Media's Deviant Elite Subculture
The once powerful NY Newspapers has become a subculture that the public no longer believes.  The editorial boards and newsrooms are in shock that their over the top endorsements of stringer and Quinn are being rejected by the voters of New York. A media revolution is going on in New York.  And its Tea Party moment (we are talking about the Boston Tea Party of 1773) was de Blasio standing up to those trying to close two Brooklyn hospitals. Not one newspaper editorial has backed Bill in his efforts to keep the hospitals open.  In fact the NYT in their endorsement of Quinn said that de Blasio efforts were hopeless. New Yorkers are tired of the Bull Shit words coming out of the newspaper and candidates. They know they are being priced out of the city and those that they elected don't care.



3/3/2013
What Has Happen to the Watchdog of Government or Politics?
An explosion of online news sources in recent years has not produced a corresponding increase in reporting, particularly quality local reporting, a federal study of the media has found.Coverage of state governments and municipalities has receded at such an alarming pace that it has left government with more power than ever to set the agenda and have assertions unchallenged, concluded the study. “In many communities, we now face a shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting,” said the study, which was ordered by the Federal Communications Commission and written by Steven Waldman, a former journalist for Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report. “The independent watchdog function that the Founding Fathers envisioned for journalism — going so far as to call it crucial to a healthy democracy — is in some cases at risk at the local level.  

Because newspapers have always serve as tip sheets for local television reporters and for reporters on the national level, the newspaper cutbacks because of lose of readerhip to the Internet have had “ripple effects throughout the whole media system.: With fewer reporters available to tackle in-depth topics, news releases from politicians and policy makers end up having more influence in some cases, he said, contributing to a kind of power shift toward institutions and away from citizens. *Local News  Dumb Down Journalism (True News) *


Top 5 Cover Ups of Corruption by the Media





5. The CityTime Cover Up



3/1/2013

Pay to Read Journalism
A New York World review of campaign finance records and endorsements found that of the 15 candidates who purchased services from Multi-Media Advertising in competitive races for amounts exceeding $1,000, 11 also received a public endorsement from the Tribune in that race.





In queens the local newspaper, the political machine and government all work together.  The paper do not preform the role of checks and balances that Founding Father envisioned to protect the people from the government and ensure a working democracy.  Instead Queens local newspapers have gamed journalism to operate as a co-machine in Queens. 

More on Nussbaum and the Queens Tribune
How Does Nussbaum Get Away Without Being A Registered Lobbyists for the RKO Keith?
They work in campaigns and are lobbyist to the same elected officials they help elect or reelect.  The papers operate as the house organ for the Democratic  party to controling who becomes gets elected or becomes a judge in Queens county.  The judges in turn send the legal ads worth tens of thousands dollars to the local papers.* FOR MENG CONSULTANT NUSSBAUM, A HISTORY OF VOTE-SPLITTING(True News) NUSSBAUM...should have gone to jail back in the Manes days when he was caught red handed in ...wasn't it a Time Warner bribery scandal?  And this is the man who is "representing" the RKO Keith's owner de jour...Patrick Thompson. . .* True News: A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians * True News: True News: Nussbaum Unplugged A New Organized ... * True News: The Queens Chronicle Asks Why is A Sex Sex Trafficker ...


2/13/2013
Corruption Everywhere, 8.8% Unemployment, Hospitals Closing and 23% of HS Graduates are Ready for College and All Local TV News Can Do Show YouTubes of A Squirrel on A Surf Board
The pathetic condition New York City newscasts as produced and presented in the media capital of the world was an ecco of a 2008 report by True News in 2008 Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters.  NYP reporter Phil Mushnick says what once-proud local news divisions now present as news once would have been unfit to serve to the Loyal Royal Order of Dopes. Two Monday evenings ago, what WNBC presented to this City as news could just as easily have been chosen by a chimpanzee quickly scrolling through YouTube with a pointer. There was a video clip of a truck overturning, just missing a fellow who was stopped, on his motorbike, at a red light. Why the fellow simply didn’t move out of the way as the truck neared, we’ll likely never know — unless Ch. 4 dispatches a reporter to Asia. There was a video clip of a truck overturning, just missing a fellow who was stopped, on his motorbike, at a red light. Why the fellow simply didn’t move out of the way as the truck neared, we’ll likely never know — unless Ch. 4 dispatches a reporter to Asia. Another failing grade for local news(NYP)

An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.” - Thomas Jefferson 
Rip and read headline news content  As newspapers go out of business and layoff experienced reporters leave, local news now have have more time for ratings grabbers “Happy Talk” and fluff.
The pathetic state of New York’s newscasts, all of which boast to best serve the public’s needs and trust. And not one of the local networks seems the least bit interested in changing anything, at least not for the better. Let's face it: TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their news. So what happens to those "rip and read" broadcasters as print staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs strafing the newspaper industry? Print journalists have long chafed at broadcast media pilfering their stories, often without bothering to credit the source. The thinness in assembling TV news -- and the manner in which they use newspapers as de facto tip sheets and newsgathering surrogates - has long been one of broadcasting's dirty little secrets. Today, most Americans say they get most of their information from local television news. Local broadcasters are not living up to the public promise to keep the public informed that made in order to get their licenses? As print fades, the fallout promises to hasten broadcast news' descent as well -- from "Rip and read" to simply "read it and weep." Our Democracy is in serious trouble.

Local TV News Has Become Wires and Lights in A Box

This instrument (television) can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”Edward R. Murrow 1958 speech * Good Night, and Good Luck: Edward Murrow Speech

 


No Media Coverage of  the Surrogate Trial

The Media Does Not Even Cover Tammany Hall Corrupt Court That Steal Money From Families of Their Readers

Only News of the Decision Came From the Manhattan DAs Website

NYT, WSJ Covers the Indictment, But Not the Trial or  Conviction
Ex-City Bookkeeper Indicted for Stealing from Dead People: DA (NBC) Richard Paul, 34, the former Kings County Public Administrator's office bookkeeper, was charged with grand larceny and defrauding the government * City Bookkeeper Charged With Stealing $2.6 Million From Estates(NYT) An employee in the office of the Brooklyn public administrator and three others pleaded not guilty to what prosecutors said was a scheme that targeted estates without wills. * Scheme Targeted Funds of the Dead(WSJ) * Bookkeeper robbed dead of $2.6M, went on shopping sprees: DA Surrogate's Court And Why It Should Go (True News)

 



1/30/2013
Affor d able Brainwashing

The money-tree challenge to pols(Goodwin,NYP)You got to find money to make makes things afforable, but from where?  The pols sell “affordability” as a magic antidote to the fact that the middle class is being squeezed out of New York.

The word is “affordable,” and New Yorkers had better get used to hearing it. It is a code word among the candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Bloomberg. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio used a version of it six times in his announcement speech Sunday. He said that the city needed more “affordable housing” and that many parents lack “child care and afterschool programs they can afford.” Former Comptroller Bill Thompson said he would focus on “affordable mass transit” and “quality, affordable housing.” Council Speaker Christine Quinn pushes a program that would require new housing units to be “affordable” for 60 years!

The Bronx is News Starved

The Bronx the Most News Deprived Borough Only 10.7% of the Voters Followed the 3 Papers Endorsements of Quinn

The Bronx's Newspapers Disconnect
In the borough of New York which received the most newspaper coverage 22.5% of the voters supported Quinn. Quinn received 15.6% citywide. Only 17.5% of the Bronx Democrats Voted. Citywide Turnout was 24%
Why Big Newspapers Skip the Bronx(City Limits) For Metro, there's a simple explanation: Fewer Bronxites have full-time jobs, the Bronx is the borough with the highest unemployment 12.2% wrote Wilf Maunoir, Metro's director of marketing, in an email. “Metro is 100 percent advertising funded,” he said. “As any advertising business, the demographic matters.” As a result, Metro distributes about 3,000 copies of its paper in the Bronx out of about 300,000 citywide. New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy would not say how many papers it sells in the Bronx, but suggested that stores there might not stock the paper “if there is no reader demand.”  “This is a problem with advertiser funded media,” said Jim Naureckas, the editor of Extra!, which is published by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a progressive media watchdog group. “It puts a skew in your media system towards people with more money and away from people with less money.” The median household income in the Bronx is about $35,000, compared to about $51,000 for all five boroughs, according to census data. The poor, meanwhile, are tuning out: people who make less than $30,000 a year read, watch, and listen to the news about 30 percent less than people who make at least $75,000, according to the Pew Research Center
More on NY's Journalism Disconnect


Content Free Reporting ... Reporters Are Not Doing Their Jobs
A weak press allows the 2013 candidates free to wage essentially content-free campaignsCharge of the lightweights(NYP) Good times = weak candidates? NYP's Goodwin blames unions for all of NYC budget problems.  He forgets about the billions wasteed on Citytime, 911 and dozens of other IT city contracts.* Mayor Bloomberg CityTime Koch CitiSource 3 Term Mega Scandals Press Glosses over, Adrian Schoolcraft betray(Artist)


When was the last time you heard a reporter ask a NYC mayoral candidate to  reduce the sky-high cost of government? Or What is Their Plan to Reduce Uemployment?

1/27/2013

Spitting in the Face of Thomas Jefferson Today's Journalist Do Not Feel It is There Job to Inform the Public. . .  And They Do Not Care What You Think
As True News reported yesterday New Yorkers have no clue what the 2013 candidates for mayor will do if they are elected.  Today's journalist spend more time spreading candidates and consultants spin instead of doing research to find out who these candidates are.  We have a public that knows nothing more about the candidates then the consultants want them to know and many in the press feel they are doing their job.   Many play ball with insiders, looking for high paying jobs from consultants like George Arzt or in government. Reporter Adam Lisberg last year got a high paying job with the  MTA.  Other journalist play ball because they need the tips and explanations of insiders because they are clueless about the subject they are covering.

The lessons of John Peter Zenger and generations of reporters who saw themselves as Jeffersonian truth seekers are lost.  Today's journalist like their pols they cover lack the embarrassed gene.  They dismiss any person blame for dumb down the public. It is ironic that in an era where the internet and bloggers put information at the finger tips of today's main stream journalist they have stop doing investigative reportering.  These same insiders journalist go out of their way to ignor and black list bloggers who write the real stories.  For 13 years blogger Rafael Martínez Alequín exposed the corruption of Padro Espada, he was even beaten by Espada thugs for information he was exposing about them.  The take over of Albany and the millions that the senator rip off from the government would not have happen if the media did not blacklist what Alequin exposed.

Journalist Blogger That Put His Life in Danger to Get Pedro Espada Was Ignored. . . Main Stream Media Is Not Ashamed
Not only did Martínez break one of the biggest corruption stories of the decade, the ignoring of his finding led to one of the most disgraceful era in Albany history.  The takeover of the State Senate by the GOP and the disgusting deals that the senate democrats made with Espada to make him their leader to buy back the chamber. Martinez was ignored because he is an independent blogger who writes the truth.  Main Street Media owned by corporations are more concerned with sticking with a news narratives that kiss the ass of incumbents and lobbyist who do their businesses favors.  DN Editorial "Espada was abetted by many in Albany who should have known better — including every state senator in 2009 and 2010." More about Rafael Martínez Alequín
  
Why Does Main Stream Media Hate Bloggers?
After Pedro Espada took over Albany and shut it down. Main stream media journalist turned against the senator and used all of journalist information but never give him an credit. Giving no credit to Martinez was not personal against him. Reporters feel threaten by bloggers that they are doing better work than them
 


The NYT Public Editor Was Departed Shortly After He Exposed the Bias of the Paper's Metro Editor Carolyn Ryan Against Bloggers and Freelance Journalists
Brisbane sent Carolyn Ryan, The Times’s metro editor, an appeal from Ms. Ludtke to give such credit in part two. But it didn’t happen. And after the second article’s publication, I heard from others complaining about uncredited foundational reporting — scores of articles in recent years — by additional publications, including The Jewish Daily Forward, the FailedMessiah.com blog, New York magazine and more. * Opinion: Will Weberman case be a catalyst for change ?(Jewish Star) There is additional corrupion additional information sexual abuse corruption in Brooklyn that the bloggers are reporting and the MSM is ignoring  

 

Today's Daily News Agrees with True News That the Public Has No Idea Who They Are Voting for for Mayor
Promises to keep (NYDN Ed) Exactly what would any of the candidates who are running for mayor do upon election in November? No doubt, you have little or no idea. The Daily News mayoral forum last week was a good attempt to inform, but it fell far short of providing enough useful information as to what these candidates would do in the real world.  The News was righting in not being suprised that all the candidates at the forum were for more afforable housing.

Political Promise Written By A Campaign Consultant Do Not Make the Public Informed
Giving out where candidates stand or what they would do it not enough. It is the reporters role to challenger candidates statements to make the public aware of what is real.  Saying your did a great job by getting unrealistic promise on the record is a good job is not enough Daily News.  Journalist must be the leaders for the public to find out what is a real promise and with is campaign Bull Shit.  Remember in the 2009 campaign Bloomberg's promise free crosstown buses? The riders go service cuts and fare hikes.  Where the news really failed was to challenge the candidates at the forum about how they would pay for the affoable housing.  The paper said in its Sunday editorial Liu's idea of using the pension was a dicey proposition on a large scale. It said that jaws would drop were de Blasio to succeed at organizing the nations mayors to get congress to not only cut afforable housing money but to increase it. The Daily News reported that Quinn, de Blasio, Thompson and Liu all committed to using zoning laws to push developers into building affordable units.  They never asked those 4 candidates at the meeting why they did not push for those zoning changes while they were elected officials.

If the Media Does Not Step In A Demand Answers, This Will Be Nothing More Than A Campaign of Empty Promises
All candidates said they would declare mold that’s formed in flooded homes a public health crisis, fit for aggressive action by city government. Mold has always been a problem with housing in New York, why did they wait until now to push for it being a public health crisis.  Quinn said she would make NYCHA developments “a wonderful place for working people to live,” while numerous candidates said elected officials should not tolerate conditions that they would not want their families to experience. Areporter at the meeting should have asked the speaker why she did not make NYCHA a wonderfull please to live while she was speaker for 7 years. All the candidates promised to spead up NYCHA repairs program problems which the news help exposed, but none of the candidates were challenged how they would close the $6 billion gap in the money that was need to do all the repairs on the waiting list. Lastly how do you have a forum on affordable housing without discussing the city's declining middle class and shrinking budget, which is going to become worse by coming cuts from Washington, Albany and the Wall Street which used to cover a large part of NYC budget.  Without including a budget talk in every discussion you what is going on now a lot of fake promises that go unchallenged.  No wonder the public does not understand what these candidates stand for.  They do not believe the fake promises.


Weiner Tells the Media You Kissed  My Ass Too Much

Election 2013 Journalism Failure 
Spin Over Fact
Weiner Blames Reporter For Not Grlling Him On Sexting (TPM)
Copy cat media fails New York voters




Frankencandidates Born Without An Embarrassment Gene
What Me Worry?

Born without the “embarrassment gene.” as the debate this week proved they will say anything to get elected.  And they don't care or feel ashamed. The whole debate despite being moderated by NY1's Errol Lewis turned into 7 years old snarky put  downs not against other candidates but aimed at Bloomberg. Lewis said later in the day on his show that it is late in the game and we still do not know what these mayoral candidates stand for. "What does de Blasio believe in, what does Thompson stand for?" asked Lewis last night. It is unclear what caused the dumb down of these candidates.  Are they just part of the dumb down generation as Senator Moynihan  described 30 years ago?  Or have they just not been challenged properly?

Poor Journalism is the Reason Mayoral Candidates Get Away With Meaningless One Liners
Should we blame the city's journalist Mr. Lewis for not asking the right questions. Your a better journalist than the way you been acting.  Do you think Jack Newfield, Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Murray Kempton or Tim Russert would lets these bums get away with the Bull Shit. de Blasralio even praised another candidate early in the race over his one liner zing. All we got at the debate besides the snapes is I like housing, good education is good and we will offer new ideas.  Never telling us with the new ideas are or how they differ from the other candidates.  Even the NYT did not know what to make of the rank out fest Unexpected Focus at a Mayoral Forum(NYT) What the NTY did not talk about is the forgotten New Yorkers the long term unemployment, the city's school children and a middle class that is fleeing the city because they can not long afford to live her.  Also left out among the zings is a shrinking tax base led by a changing wall street and fFederal tax laws

Mayor Says Some '13 Candidates 'Just Sound Ridiculous'(NYT) * Bloomberg's War of Words (WSJ) Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday took aim at some of his would-be successors, who criticized him at a candidates forum Thursday night.* Bloom oberg Critical Of Several Potential 2013 Mayor Candidates After Forum(NY1) * Bloomy: Dems are 'ridiculous'(NYDN) * Who's running for mayor? Depends who you ask






The Journalist Blogger That Got Pedro Espada, Still Ignored By Main Stream Media

At First Rafael Martínez Stood Up to Pedro Espada Alone Putting His Life in Danger  . . .  13 Years After He Started His Investigation of the Former Senator's Corruption He Watch, the U.S. Attorney Declared "The Espada Era Is Over"

Martínez: "Pedro All Your Family Should Be in Jail" Video

Media and Political Bias Against Blogger Martínez Changed NYS History

If there was any value left in the local Pulitzer or TV news Emmy awards, a journalist who most of his City Hall colleagues try to ignore,  discredit and humiliate because they feel he is not worthy of their status, should win this year. Rafael Martínez Alequín, long a pariah among the City Hall press corps, did what his colleagues don’t bother to do anymore, investigative reporting.

For over 13 years Martínez has been investigating Pedro Espada. First in his newspaper Your Free Press and then on the online edition. Yesterday his reporting work paid off.  Espada Speaks Softly as He Pleads Guilty to a Single Tax Charge * Espada Guilty of Tax Fraud In Plea Deal(WSJ) * U.S. Attorney Declares "Espada Era Is Over"(NY1) * Disgraced pol Pedro Espada pleads guilty to tax evasion; son Pedro Gautier Espada pleads guilty to theft(NYDN) * The end of the road for Pedro Espada (NYDN Ed)


If the Media, Pols and DA's Used the Corruption Information Martínez Uncovered Years Ago, the Democrats Would Still Be in Control of the State Senate
Not only did Martínez break one of the biggest corruption stories of the decade, the ignoring of his finding led to one of the most disgraceful era in Albany history.  The takeover of the State Senate by the GOP and the disgusting deals that the senate democrats made with Espada to make him their leader to buy back the chamber. Martinez was ignored because he is an independent blogger who writes the truth.  Main Street Media owned by corporations are more concerned with sticking with a news narratives that kiss the ass of incumbents and lobbyist who do their businesses favors.  DN Editorial "Espada was abetted by many in Albany who should have known better — including every state senator in 2009 and 2010."


Martinez Watch NYC Reporting Change From the Dignity, Power and Abilty of Murray Kempton To A Generation of Crap Reporters With No Shame
The media hires young snarky clueless reporters who do not have the ability to understand how to do investigative reporting, or the will.  Most of today reporters generate stories from elected officials or the lobbyist that work for them. Or they copy each other stories adding gossip. It was only after Espada voted with the GOP, putting Sprinkles the Clown in charge of the Senate, that the prosecutors started real investigations into Espada’s health care clinic and subpoenaed Martinez’s video and materials.  All the MSM has done is report on what the prosecutors have done to Espada. Only Martinez generated orgional informations on Espada which the prosecutors used to go after him


The physical Violence and Threats Martinez Received at the Hands of Espada Thugs was covered up by the Bronx D.A. and the Media
Martínez was attacked and threatened at a campaign rally at Amalgamated Houses Co-op, when he attempted to ask Espada a questions about his out of district residency and illegal uses of non profit medical heath care organization funds. Martinez asked Espada if he used his health center funds to pay for his campaign? For asking that question the reporter was attacked by Espada son Alejandro. His camera was broken and he was warned to end his investigation of the health care funds or face death.  Pedro yelled at Martinez as he was being attacked by his son, He's trying to teach you manners, Papa."  Before being taken to the hospital the 76 years old Martinez was threaten by another Espada campaign workers saying her brother would put him in a body bag if he did not leave Pedro alone.  Martinez had to get an order of protection against Ms. Marzetta Harris an employee of the senator's health clinic and sister of Espada's Soundview Health Clinic Board Chairman.


Martinez's Investigative Reporting Uncovered How Espada Used His Health Center As A Personal Piggy Bank and As His Campaign Machine
After the threats the Harris sisters hung on after Espada was force to leave the health center by the AG, which in effect keep him in control to collect $$$ for himself and his family.  Espada thugs were embolden into attacking Martinez and using the health center as their personal piggy bank because they considered MSM journalists and local prosecutors as no danger to them. The Bronx DA did all he could to get Espada son off the hook, when he prosecuted the attack on Martinez caught on video. The video that caught the younger Espada pushing the 76 year old reporter to the floor breaking his camera forced the DA Not to do something.   In the end Pedro son got a sweet heart deal that was limited to paying Martinez $432 for the broken camera.  Martinez read a letter in court how he was opposed to the light settlement.

 
Espada's Physical Attack On A Reporter Doing His Job, Goes Unnoticed in the Bronx's Courts and By Fellow Journalists
IMPACT STATEMENT OF RAFAEL MARTINEZ ALEQUIN
TO THE HONORABLE JUDGE JOSEPH DAWSON

Bronx Criminal Court, January 14, 2010

"Your Honor in the name of Justice you must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and make the proper charges in this case. The same political machine that supports Senator Espada is critical for the reelection of the Bronx DA. In fact the political operative who works for Espada represented the Bronx DA in a case where he was accused of not living in the Bronx. I am appalled at the way our County legal system allowed Alejandro Espada to get away with a simple “slap on the wrist. Even considering my limited understanding of the criminal justice system, Alejandro should have been convicted of assault. Pedro Espada Jr., who avoided even being charged, should have been convicted of being an accessory to a crime. He encouraged his son, Alejandro to attack me. And then, as I was being assaulted, he said to me “this is to teach you manners papa. . . " Rafael Martinez
 

The DA Espada Fix in the Bronx Allowed the Corruption to Go On . . .  It Also Allowed An Attack on A Journalist in NYC By A Pol to Be Cover Up
The Media Even Ignored the Fact that the Bronx DA Protected the Espada Thugs Who Attacked Martinez, A Fellow Journist
Espada knew that if you’re a member of the ruling political class of the Bronx, the mainstream media and DA's will protect you. Bronx power broker Stanley Schlein Protected Espada  Boss Schlein worked for Senator Espada and helped DA Johnson win an important residency case when he first ran for office. Schlein is also the right hand man to the powerful Bronx County Leader Carl Heastie, rules the Board of Elections and still has a working relationship with the powerful Rivera family (he was her lawyer Noemi Rivera who tried to knock the man who beat her Mark Gjonaj off the ballot for assembly).  If DA Johnson wanted to be reelected (which he does) there was no way that DA Johnson was going to go after Espada's before his protection was ended.  Espada became road kill when he joined Monserrate and held the state hostage for over a month with no government, that the NYP called the A;lbany circus.  Once you embarrassed the establishment the protection deal is canceled.  If you look at the establishment coming down on Vito Lopez after his sexual harassment case became public, you can concluded that the city's rulers are OK with corruption as long as those pols doing the stealing don't embarrass them in public.

After MSM the Espada Protection Deal Ended Reporters Like WCBS TV's Marsha Kramer Used Martinez's Residency Video Without Giving the Him Credit

Rafael Martínez also produced a video in which he interviewed several Bronx neighbors of State Senator Pedro Espada, who had never seen Espada in the building before. The excellent video, which shows Espada’s car parked later that night at his real home in Mamaroneck, proves outright that Senator Espada had never lived at the Bronx address which he listed as his official in district State Senate residence.


As Reporters Ignored Espada Until the Albany Take Over, It Put Martinez More in Danger . . . All Reporters Cared About Was Getting His Videos
On Martinez's video, an old lady tenant was confronted by Espada, who was at the time second-in-line to be Governor, in an attempt to intimidate her, took a picture of her while Martinez was interviewing her.  After Espada's state senate GOP take over Martinez's was question by the media and prosecutors and asked to supply videos and other information to them.  Main Stream Journalist and bloggers who stop making fun of Martinez's speech and accent only moments before they asked him questions for copies of his Video's. They used his stuff but never credited him or wrote about how Martinez's investigative reporting uncovered Espada's corruption years before they wrote their stories. Former senator’s Bronx pad up for sale


The Mayor and Member of the City Hall Press Tried to Take Away Martinez's Press Pass and Kick Him Out of City Hall

David Seifman from the NYP and a guy named Michael Blood from Daily News both tried to convince other journalist in Room 9 that Martinez did not deserve a press pass.  They were working on behalf of the mayor (as they often do) who canceled Martinez press pass.  It took Norman Siegel defending Martinez to defeat the Mayor’s NYPD attempt to not renew Martinez's press pass. Bloomberg wanted to limited his blue room press conferences to only puppet reporters who do  his bidding.  He wanted to end the real questions that Martinez has been firing at mayors for the last 30 years. Siegel’s lawsuit resulted in Martínez getting a new press pass, that open up press passes to other bloggers.  Martínez said a lot of the old media blame him for losing their parking permits.  With Espada headed to jail Martinez is content that his work is done. Don't worry Martinez is not going anywhere, he still has a lifetime of stories to tell and corrupt pols to fight against. “You’re still alive?” Pedro often called to the 79-year-old journalist as he attended everyday of Espada Trial.  Yesterday at the plea deal Martinez told Espada that "I am very much alive and your going to jail"  Journalist Espada Breaks Through City Hall's "The Media's Wall of Silence"


 A New Media Champ Local TV stations who do not cover political campaigns are sure giving Newark Mayor Cory Booker a lot of air time

Old Media Vs Political Bloggers

As political coverage on the Internet gains readershop we now get to see how Main Stream Media controlled the news for generations.  For the last two days the blogs lead by City and State have dug into the Queens machine ticket fixing first broken by True News over last weekend.   At the MSM has boycotted the story and spinned a Boss Crowley story.  In yesterday Observer Joe Crowley: ‘Mr. Lancman Is Misinformed’.  In today's Daily News Crowley says Visa waivers would boost Queens tourism. * Meng Adviser Urged Bay Terrace Resident to Help Spit Jewish Vote: Report (Patch) * Meng Responds To Gottlieb Controversy, Says “Everyone Has a Right to Run”(Patch)






If it it bleeds it leads
Why Local TV News Fails to Inform

After a year of study, a Federal Communications Commission special report, “The Information Needs of Communities,” says there is a lot of journalism out there, just not much “accountability reporting” of local and state government. The study, based on interviews with 600 journalists, scholars and industry leaders, found that newsrooms are scaling back their coverage of important institutions such as local and state government.

Local News Used to have Street Smart Reporters Like Jerry Nachman
The FCC team that wrote the report coined the term “hamsterization” (based on a CJR story) to describe the way that reporters now have to scurry to cover story after story without having the time to “turn over the rocks” to find out what is really going on. “The waste of taxpayer dollars, corruption, coverage of schools” all get less coverage.The report’s strongest criticism of the FCC’s current enforcement came when Waldman said his report finds that stations must provide little proof that they are serving the public’s needs — a requirement of keeping their licenses. In the last 75 years, only four stations have lost their licenses because they failed to fulfill their public service obligations. Not one station has lost a license for that reason in the last 30 years.

Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

This Is What WNBC Calls Informing the Public (The same headline news is repeated every half hour from 4:30AM to 7:00 AM by clueless newsreaders):


6:00AM-6:01AM  Weather,  6:02-6:02  Traffic,  6:02-03  Crane Collapse,  6:03-6:06  Texas Tornado's Video,  6:06-6:07 Weather/ Traffic,  6:07-6:10  French Diplomat Killed,  6:10-6:11  Assistant principal Sex charge,  6:11-6:13  Commercials,  6:13-6:14  Results of last night primaries, 6:14-6:15  Obama Attacks Romney,  6:15-6:17   Weather Traffic,  6:17- 6:20  Commercials, 6:21-6:22   Titanic Movie Released in 3D, 6:22- 6:24  Commercials,   6:24-6:24    English Dutches going to Times Square as a wax figure, 6:24-6:26   Weather/Traffic6:26-6:30 Commercials ****Local News  Dumb Down Journalism (True News)


Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion

If you were watching WCBSTV local news this weekend you would have seen a commercials paid for by The Committee to Save New York (business interests supporting Cuomo) called "Turn the Tide" which told the views that Governor Cuomo did a wonderful job at fixing pensions and the states economy.  Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)  Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  
Cuomo and his supporters spent over $10 million last year to gain public support to push through his agenda. Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" broadcasters have offered their views much less hard news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession? Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion





Dumb Down Local News Makes Millions on PAC and Other Special Interests Spending

Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  Cuomo and his supporters spent over $10 million last year to gain public support to push through his agenda. Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" broadcasters have offered their views much less hard news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession? Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill) * Local News Dumb Down Journalism (True News)






"Real journalism is publishing something someone else does not want published - the rest is just public relations." Orwell


Shrinking Coverage Means Less Real News - More Sex

Let's face it: TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their news. So what happens to those "rip and read" broadcasters as print staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs strafing the newspaper industry? Print journalists have long chafed at broadcast media pilfering their stories, often without bothering to credit the source. The thinness in assembling TV news -- and the manner in which they use newspapers as de facto tip sheets and newsgathering surrogates - has long been one of broadcasting's dirty little secrets.
Several experienced New York TV Reporters were "let go" recently. This is a national cost cutting trend in local television news that can only make TV news' already weakened ability to go beyond rip and read news content even weaker. High definition will guarantee even more inexpensive, and inexperienced anchors and reporters . Why you ask? It's simple really -- only 20- and 30-years-olds look good on high definition. Even though the seasoned reporter might deliver invaluable information, some idiot from some focus group tells the corporations " I just hate her hair!" The corporations next move? An ad -- fresh meat wanted. . . Secret tape of next years new NY local TV news program.

As newspapers go out of business and experienced reporters leave, local news will have more time for ratings grabbers “Happy Talk” also called banter. It may consist of simple jokes or simply a modified wording in asking a question of another reporter. For instance, instead of a simple handoff to a sportscaster, an anchor might say, "So, Dave, what the heck happened out on that field today? Is our team going down the tubes?"

Today, most Americans say they get most of their information from local television news. How well are local broadcasters living up to the public interest promises they made in order to get their licenses? Edward R. Murrow answered that question 50 years ago. “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box."

TV News consultants design sexy reporting "happy talk" news formats not with the idea to inform but with the goal of attracting high ratings. That role for TV news was not as dangerous, with strong newspapers fulfilling the role of informing the public with what they need to know. As print fades, the fallout promises to hasten broadcast news' descent as well -- from "Rip and read" to simply "read it and weep." Our Democracy is in serious trouble.

Local newscasts that are turning to jokes need to can the act, consider cutting back(DN)



An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.” - Thomas Jefferson



Local TV News Plays Us for Dummies: Ernie Anastos: "Keep f@#xing that chicken"

Debate Designed to Confuse

The Sad State of Journalism in New York

A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's "Blue Wall of Silence"

Newspapers Coverage of the Budget Crisis: A Tail of Two Standards of Coverage

Media and Pols: The Real Story is What They Don't 'Say


Media and Pols: The Real Story is What They Don't 'Say


Tribune's Zell: Newspapers Can't Survive


Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters

End of the Great Newspaper Era

The Times They Are A Changing


Spin is the Cancer of Jounalism
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New York Pols Governs by Blinders Enabled by the Media Who Write with Blinders


New York Pols Governs by Blinders Enabled by the Media Who Write with Blinders

Governing by blinders simply means making budget decision disconnected from a single narrative which both the pols and the media are failing to give city residence. The media has allowed the pols to create a new culture that allows them to deliver government to their supports or good causes without taking responsibility for those actions on the city budget or the economic health of New York It means paying a developer $95 million while cutting the police force. Since 2001 the police force shrunk by over 6000 cops to 34,304 members and we had to wait until after the election to find out what the city will cut because of the recession. We used to have police classes of thousands of new office a year today we are down to a couple of hundred a year. We are paying over a billion on a new police academy as we cut police officers.

New Yorkers want to pay a fair wage Paterson Prepares Wage Bill for Construction Sites We are good people. It make sense to pay people not to go to work sick during the swine flu winter Making business sicker We even hate traffic tickets Traffic Agents and Politicians Debate Value of 5 Minutes. Bloomberg is using the ticket blitz to pay for city services that would otherwise be cut. What is the cost of the council's parking bill and what will the council cut to make up the debt is never discussed. In other words the pols get away with being irresponsible to the city budget. Daily News Edit shows that the council bill to make a parking hour 65 minutes, does not even help motorists Parking space cadets: City Council pretends to befriend beleaguered motorists
Question the Media Fails to Ask Over and Over How we do balance the budget, continue to fix education and not tax the middle class and businesses out of New York? NYC Faces Middle Class Exodus * Schools’ Grades Reflect Persistent Disparity * Businesses rip mandate on sick days , Labor advocates, small business groups clash over proposed paid sick leave bill , Businesses say paid sick days would cost $8.8 billion annually. Don't look for the media or pols to take off their blinders as today's Orwellian double speak Daily News headline proves Mayor: Layoffs likely, but $683M tax windfall will save jobs Talk about blinders, only the Daily News editorial board covered the ongoing budget impasse in Albany The worst of times: Legislature fiddles in Albany while mayor faces down city deficit * Gov. David Paterson doesn’t understand why people are sounding optimistic about budget negotiations — but if it’s an effort to cheer up the media, we appreciate it. (TU). As the state goes broke both and nobody will take the leadership in balancing the budget the NYT writes about New York Is Set for Strict Stand on D.W.I. Cases and the NYP does not even give an update of the budget stalemate in Albany today

The News At Night Begins the Internet News Revolution


Watch Cuomo News

Cuomo Launches Weekly ‘State Of New York’ Video Series(NYO)
This is what the evening news will look like when all the journalists get laid off.  * A Newscast Unveiled by Cuomo, for Cuomo(NYT)



Mayor, Bishop, NYPD, Transparency Meet Nixon's Rosemary Woods 18 1/2?
Wednesday Update
 amNewYork writes that the more time that passes without answers about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s involvement with the legal case of Bishop Orlando Findlayter, the more questionable the mayor’s position becomes:
 
Monday Update
"I dont comment on the details of the FOIL process," de Blasio says ...*
De Blasio Dodges FOIL Questions(NYO) * Asked about FOIL requests, de Blasio says he’s no lawyer(NYO) * De Blasio said he was “not a lawyer” when asked about his administration’s refusal to release documents related to the arrest and release of a political ally, Capital New York reports:

No Emails Exist? 
After 3 Months and A Foil Request Mayor's Office Reports That They Never Existed
De Blasio’s Office Says No Bishop Findlayter Emails Exist (NYO) The Wall Street Journal, which first reported Mr. de Blasio’s inquiries into the status of Mr. Findlayer after the bishop, an early campaign supporter, said specifically that, “The mayor’s office sent emails to the NYPD officials and Deputy Chief Royster said Mr. de Blasio called her to inquire about the arrest. He didn’t ask that the bishop be released, she said.”
Capital New York detailed its extensive efforts to get Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration to release information on the arrest of Bishop Orlando Findlayter. In short: Records officers appeared to do their best to ignore and delay repeated inquiries before one said that “he had not been authorized to release the information.” Mr. de Blasio championed information transparency as public advocate.
Mayor de Blasio First 3 Months 
de Blasion 2.0 After the Albany War 

 Journalism in NYC is No Profile in Courage
NYC Media Run Away From the Observer's Email Story Even WSJ Which Was the First To Report on the Emails has No Story 
Update: CapitalNY Has A Story Also
De Blasio FOIL: No record of Findlayter correspondence(Capital)

New York Emmy Awards Journalism Winners No Profiles in Courage

Taco Mayor Scandal. January 24, 2012. (WPIXTV).Mario Diaz, Reporter
Occupy Wall Street Erupts October 5, 2011. (WABC-TV).Jeff Pegues, Reporter
Mace In Your Face? May 7, 2012. (WABC-TV).Sarah Wallace
9/11 We Remember. September 10, 2011. (WNBC-TV).Chuck Scarboroug



 

Dumb Down Local News Makes Millions on PAC and Other Special Interests Spending

Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  Cuomo and his supporters spent over $10 million last year to gain public support to push through his agenda. Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" broadcasters have offered their views much less hard news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession? Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill) * Local News Dumb Down Journalism (True News) 

 

Jefferson Informed Citizens Need for A Democracy                        "An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight." Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson Explains How Tyranny Develops

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. 

If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." * The new boundaries for state Senate and Assembly districts proposed by LATFOR would increase the number of seats held by the majority parties in both chambers. From 32 to 34 for the Senate GOP, and from 98 to 102 for the Assembly Democrats.

 


Democracies corrode quite fast once the public stops being informed about the activities of their government

Why journalism is important: "to fill the space that grows between the two parts of democracy: the governed and the governors(Atlantic Yard Review)

Jay Rosen, the NYU journalism scholar and, among other things, coiner of the very useful "View from Nowhere" observation, explains: Why I study journalism and criticize it and try to make it better when I can figure out how.  The reason is there in this quote from Thinking the Twentieth Century, by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder. (Penguin Books, 2012)



Democracies corrode quite fast; they corrode linguistically, or rhetorically if you like— that’s the Orwellian point about language. They corrode because most people don’t care about them. Notice that the European Union, whose first parliamentary elections were held in 1979 and had an average turnout of over 62 percent, is now looking at turnout of less than 30 percent, even though the European Parliament matters more now and has more power. The difficulty of sustaining voluntary interest in the business of choosing the people who will rule over you is well attested. And the reason why we need intellectuals, as well as all the good journalists we can find, is to fill the space that grows between the two parts of democracy: the governed and the governors.

 

 

 

Times Publisher Compares Print Media to the Titanic


The News At Night Begins the Internet News Revolution


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Steven Slater: Copy Cat Journalism


Steven Slater: Copy Cat Journalism
Internet and the Cutbacks have made their opponents internet site the sole investigative tool of the old media

Instead of digging out new stories today's media is content to put out the same stories as their opposition. Even the old gray lady could not resist the Slater "Mad As Hell Moment" We cannot wait until Atlantic or the Nation does a story about how Americans upset with the direction of their country are making Slater their hero.

News in today's newspaper was online yesterday afternoon. How much longer will readers buy papers filled with news they could have read about the day before online? We see what is happen to Newsweek for untimely news. Reader also learn of many of these stories the night before on TV or radio news. Since TV and Radio know from ripping and reading the morning papers are now ripping and reading the blogs, even they can have the news before the morning papers. Has the media cuts hurt the ability to offer original content and investigative stories? Yes. How can they expect readers to keep buying their product?

Four month after the Wall Street Journal stated its New York section the hope that the newspaper war would generate a more comprehensive coverage of New York has been dashed by both papers need to make sure that they cover the same stories. On same days more than half of both papers stories are the same. Is this how news is controlled? Or is this the result of cuts in news reporter? How much longer can media outlets and reporters get away with posting other new organizations on their Facebook or Twitter pages as if it were their own?




NY Media Copies Stories, No Longer Investigates or Analyse


David Paterson: A Lame Duck, Sure, But Why the Lame Media Coverage? When a powerful public official is a lame duck, it's not supposed to mean that the coverage of him becomes lame. As tepid as Kaye's conclusions were, her evidence was explosive. If a reader focuses on footnotes and nuance, Kaye implicitly makes the case that the man who is still governor is right now orchestrating a cover-up of his own earlier attempts to cover up a criminal outburst of apartment rage (Barrett, Village Voice) * Pediatric Nurse Suspended in Connection with Paterson/Johnson Case * Worker in Paterson scandal received raises during probe (DN) * Gov. Paterson spends $700k fighting AG's probes into domestic violence case, World Series tickets

 

 

HOW POLITICANS AND THEIR PUBLICISTS TOOK OVER THE PRESS

 

Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters


2025 Pulitzer to Local News Coverage of A Snow Storm
With all the local newspapers out of business, the Pulitzer committee has been turning more and more to local TV news. This year the committee award its prize to the entire local TV industry for is coverage of a snow storm. It cited the creativeness of reporters using rulers to measure the snow on live TV and the quick thinking of a reporters with time to fill makings snow angels. The Pulitzer in the awarding of this years award cited the investigative skills of reporters who found out that local airports have hundreds of canceled flights and the buses had more delays then the subways. Finally the committee was very impressed with the local reporters ability to get the big interviews citing how each station was about to interview the same man dressed as Santa in Times Square.

Media Spins: A Broken City Sunday UPDATE


Corporate Owners: NY1 Dummy Us All Down

Local TV News Plays Us for Dummies: Ernie Anastos: "Keep f@#xing that chicken"


A Broken Debate Caused by Clueless Reporters


True News Answer to NY1
NY1 Spins Like Pols and Lobbyists
What kind of journalist operation is Robert Hardt, the political director at NY1 makes running. Both True News and Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute pointed out that the mayoral debate on NY1 did not asked about the most important iusse facing all New Yorkers, the economy Instead of admitting to the mistake Hardt makes up a cock and bull story that there was not enough time to ask about the economy. What about the time you wasted with the dumb lighting round? Are we to believe Mr. Hardt that it is more important to asked the next mayor who will cut services to New Yorkers than if the candidates ever had a pedicures, exercise or what they think should be done in Afghanistan? (all questions asked during the lighting round) Even candidate William Thompson called the lightning round format “dumb.” Thompson which has been very supportive of gay rights his entire life in public office was trip up by your dumb format Mr. Hardt and had to explain to the Advocate that he is pro gay rights. All the lighting round did was trip up the candidate, it did not get at the truth abot anything. How could it when you ask who is better Espada or Bruno? One is on trial right not for corruption and the other one will soon be.

By the way Mr. Hardt your political coverage is infected with lobbyists like Al D'amato who are enablers to the corruption in this city. The owner of Parkside lobbyist who was in the middle of the council's slush fund , Carl McCall and Freddie Ferrer who go paid as a money managers by the city or state pension funds, the same thing Ex-Comptroller Carl McCall Is Part of New York Pension Inquiry, After Introduction From Ferrer, Firm Earned $100000 From State Mr. Hardt do you feel responsible for the lobbyist McCall and Ferrer trying to tap into the new comptroller who has not committed to get rid of the money managers like NYS Comptroller DiNapoli has? H. Carl McCall, Freddy Ferrer, Betsy Gotbaum Endorse John Liu More Time Warner who owns NY1 gets tons of ads from the Brooklyn housing complex Flatbush Gardens. He is one story your never see on NY1 Landlord's letting Flatbush Gardens rot to flush us out, say tenants (DN) *** Corporate News Media executives’ desire for acquisitions has led to $200 billion in write-offs since 2000, write the authors of “The Curse of the Mogul.” The Hunger of the Media Empire

. Journalism: Another Knockdown The dieing News business as the Voice's Robbin in his latest article, what is left of it in New York has taken a hit this morning as a top TV reporter is accused of domestic violence and an editor quit the Observer Wife: NY1 star hit & choked me ***

JibJab.com - What We Call The News 


Albany Cannot Fix Itself; If Sex Sells Newspapers Why Not the True News Blog?


Incumbent TV
The state legislature will launch C-SPAN style channels in January. C-SPAN has independent journalist that devote a large amount of time to callers opinions. All the pols and jack asses in the clueless good government groups are talking about is increasing what gets covered on the Legislature cable TV station. With there member items Albany has used the government budget to get reelected and for personal pocket cash. Now they are onto corrupting journalism and good government groups who have failed to achieve any real reforms in decades in Albany are waving them in to corrupt freedom of the press. Unreal 

The News At Night Begins the Internet News Revolution


The News At Night Begins the Internet News Revolution

In the days before the Internet and cable many New Yorkers did not receive most of their in the morning like they do today, but by evening additions of the Daily News, Post, the Mirror, Journal American, Harold Tribune and World Telegram and PM. The Christmas Terror plot has brought out into the open what has quietly been happening on the Internet for the few year, the news has moved online. Newspapers Covered Terror Plot Without Home Delivery Edition

Much of the news in the morning papers is available on the Internet from many sources not only the night before but in many cases days before it is printed in the daily papers. A second important trend on what New Yorkers read as news is the increasingly copy cat nature of the media. While much of what appears on morning local TV news has always been taken from the newspapers, it is clear that the permanent shelf life of stories online is become the main source for daily journalist, who are increasingly feeling that if people are reading a story on the Internet they must cover that story in their paper. Independent bloggers have also increasingly been complaining that old journalism or mainstream journalist have rips off their stories without giving them credit. A third trend is the cutbacks in the news media caused by the recession and loss readers to the Internet has meant that less news is being covered by the mainstream media, especially on weekend. Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News, More Sexy Reporters The final and most important trend is that during this transition period from Newspapers to online journalism, the most important job of a free press, that of being a watchdog of the pols and government has failed. The failure is not only because of the move to online, it has a lot to do with the loss of mom pop owners of the newspapers and the fact that in the past copy boys become reporters after they learned journalism with the attitude of their owners that pols and rich were the bad guys. Today newsroom are filled reporter from very expensive Ivy League journalism school and the owners of papers are big businessman who make their money by tapping onto the government's tit, mostly thought real estate. So over the last 3 decades it gone from and adversary relationship with government and pols to a partnership.

Tom Robbins wrote an excellent column last year about the results of the change in journalism The unexamined world of Mike Bloomberg. Robins could have also said the same thing about the unexamined slush fund at the City Council or the corruption in the city's pension funds or how Albany has become an organized crime enterprise. The sad thing is now that Albany has really become a clown show and newspaper really want to make change there, their editorials and corruption stories no longer carry the power in the days they were the only kid on the block. The pols know about the lost readership of the papers and ignore the editorial boards call for reform. Can Apple's Tablet Save the News?

Monday, April 26, 2010


New York's Last Newspaper War: Old Media Fights Last Battle Before the Internet Gains Total Control of News


New York's Last Newspaper War

Old Media Fights Last Battle Before the Internet Gains Total Control of News

US Newspaper Circulations Fell 8.7 Percent in Last Six Months * Drilling Down - Internet Eclipses Magazines in Ad Revenue in 2009 The Journal increased circulation by 0.5% (Only paper to show an increse), while the New York Times fell by 8.5%.

Murdoch knows how to use all his news resources to help each other, today's NYP Times may lose NY ad turf to Wall Street Journal * WABC TV is already using the WSJ to do their news. Are rats taking over the Upper East Side? (WABC TV) * Rats Mob the Upper East Side (WSJ) True News on TV News Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters On the Newspaper War * Manhattan showdown will be a bare-knuckle fight (TF Times) * Wall Street Journal revs up New York Times rivalry The Associated Press * RPT-EXTRA! Wall Street Journal heads into NY hyperdrive Reuters * Murdoch's Wall Street Journal takes on New York Times Sydney Morning Herald* Murdoch aims for the New York Times' jugular American Thinker (blog) * Wall Street Journal Revs Up New York Times Rivalry * Times Greets WSJ Metro With Mean Memo * Times Ad: You Don't Become The Times Video * WSJ Trounces USA Today For #1 Newspaper In US... See Top 25.. * Print War Between NYT and WSJ Is Really About Digital Wired News * Wall Street Journal chief gets personal in battle with New York Times Robert Thomson criticises NYT's 'journalistic elite' for producing 'social activist journalism' as WSJ launches metro sectio


"Some Folks Just Have A Different Learning Curve"
Sulzberger Memo to His Staff On WSJ New York Section
The Newspaper War Begins
Bloomberg






Friday, April 30, 2010


Is the Newspaper War A Dud? NYT WSJ New York Section Lack Passion and Substance


Is the Newspaper War A Dud?
NYT WSJ New York Section Lack Passion and Substance




After A Week the Newspaper War Seem to Be Out of Steam
Reading today NYT and WSJ you would never know that the papers were in the head to head competition that the parties and dozens of stories about the coming newspaper war declared. Both papers New York sections are weak, breaking no new ground and boring. Read more like the free give away and local papers than papers trying to impress their readers with their abilities. * Newspaper Wars The Journal Appears to be Inching Away from Subtlety

The NYT Metro Section today breaks little or no news and has way to many color pieces. The only piece about politics printed today has been on the papers web site since Thursday morning. Adviser to Cuomo Is Also Top Lobbyist. The papers editorial called for voters to find a replacement to anger damaged State Senator Kevin Parker. A Toxic Anger Parker’s outbursts are inappropriate. New York’s Democrats should address the problem, and voters should start recruiting a replacement. The story about the cop being convicted about the lying not the shove has also been all over the news media since Thursday afternoon Ex-Officer Convicted of Lying About Confrontation With Cyclist. There are background stories on Last Call Looms at Freddy’s, in the Path of Atlantic Yards, Leslie Buck, Designer of Iconic Coffee Cup, Dies at 87 and Professor Is a Rock Star — in Pakistan



New York Attorney General Primary Debate
Sunday Update

The Media Covers-Up of Important Issues in New York

It been over a year since the papers reported on the Council Slush Fund (True News). Despite no budget in Albany the NYT has not called for Throwing the Bums Out since May when True News pointed out to them that the state's election law and member items millions make that goal almost impossible NYT Missing the Boat Again Can't Throw the Bums Out. Now we learn today that even the unions are using the silent treatment against their member as pay and pensions are being cut. Lisberg: Unions facing pay, pension cuts quietly (DN). What ever happen to the media's role to inform?

Pay to Play Espaillat Job #1 for nonprofit: Employing Dem's pals

Pay to Play Ackerman Queens Congressman Gary Ackerman hires high-powered defender with campaign funds (DN) * Congress for sale (NYP ED) Countrywide VIP loan scandal on Capitol Hill had just gotten a whole lot bigger

Pay to Play Meeks
Pol's shady moneyman a 'loan' wolf Mortgage 'fraud' suit The mysterious benefactor of embattled Queens Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks is a scandal-scarred real-estate agent and importer under fire for alleged fraud. Edul Ahmad, who gave Meeks $40,000 in 2007, has been called "untrustworthy" by state authorities and is being sued for predatory lending, The Post has learned. (NYP)


Ted Koppel: Olbermann, O'Reilly and the death of real news

More Evidence of Copy Cat Journalism  

Gabrielle Giffords' husband recalls hearing reports of her death on flight to Arizona

Congress Giffords Husband  in the early moments heard on the radio that his wife died.  The Washington Post, NYT and NPR all reported that his wife died An Intimate Interview with Astronaut Mark Kelly (ABC) * NPR Editor calls Reporting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Death ‘a serious and grave error’

True News: Copy Cat Journalism

 


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Thursday, January 27, 2011


The dumbest Snow Press Conference In History

City Hall Reporters
Dumb or Ass Kissers?

Even Fox 5 Rosanna Scotto could not believe how crazy the reporters at the mayor's snow press conference acted this morning.  City Hall reporters were always known to specialize in sucking up to the mayor, but today they acted not as journalist but like bad girls on an episode of Gossip Girl.  

As New Yorkers worry about ambulances getting down their streets to save their loved ones life, City Hall reporters after the first three questions were asking the mayor  about Glen Beck, Donald Trump the Staten Island Groundhog.  Three question about regents test scheduled for today after the mayor answered after the first question that the tests were a state  issue and Albany would have to rescheduled. 

The two important questions given to the mayor about the failings of the first snow storm were easily ducked by the mayor, because he was not forced to answer a follow up question.  The first question the mayor ducked was about what the mayor thought of Councilman Dan Halloran not giving the NYT specifics about his charges of a sanitation slow down. The mayor just bushed aside the question saying it was a City Council matter.  All that reporter or any other reporter had to do was ask why the mayor investigators have not interviewed Halloran as part of his promised investigation of why the city failed to clean the streets after the Xmass storm.  The second question a reporter asked the mayor was why the city was doing a better job today then during the Xmass storm.  The mayor brushed that reporter aside by saying they used what they learned after the failed snow cleanup.  What that reporter or any other reporter should have asked was why was today's cleanup was more like the successful snow cleanups the mayor has enjoyed from the time he took office until the Xmass storm.

We did learn the mayor does not believe that Co-Op City was a socialist experiment as Glen Beck has charged.  We also found out the mayor thinks Donald Trump is a great New Yorker who should bid for Tavern on the Green if the mayor decides after his one year experiment to end replacing the world famous restaurant with trucks and carts that sell food. The final thing the City Hall reporters taught us today was the mayor thinks the students who missed their regents tests today should use the snow day to study


True News: Bloomberg Joins NY'S Orwellian TV Journalism

 

On local TV news, if it bleeds it (still) leads

 

Asked what he would do to improve a government, the ancient Chinese sage Confucius answered that his first measure would be "to correct language." He meant that if words don't mean what they seem to mean people cannot put any plan into action as intended. The state of language at the dawn of the twenty-first century appears to be more confused than ever--thanks in large part to the enormous influence of television

The Growing Power of Blogers

A look at the growing clout of bloggers (via

If the president thinks the Internet can cause revolution against dictators why not use it to overthrow the political dictators in NY?


 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's "Blue Wall of Silence"


A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's
"Blue Wall of Silence"


If there was any value left in the local Pulitzer or TV news Emmy awards, a journalist who most of his City Hall colleagues try to discredit and humiliate because they feel he is not worthy of their status, should win this year. Rafael Martínez Alequín, long a pariah among the City Hall press corps, did what his colleagues don’t bother to do anymore. He investigated corruption - and in so doing, broke one of the biggest stories of the year.

Last year, Martínez produced a video in which he interviewed several Bronx neighbors of State Senator Pedro Espada, who had never seen Espada in the building before. The excellent video, which shows Espada’s car parked later that night at his real home in Mamaroneck, proves outright that Senator Espada had never lived at the address he listed as his official State Senate residence. An old lady tenant even confronted Espada, who is now second-in-line to be Governor, after his staff member, in an attempt to intimidate her, took a picture of her while Martinez was interviewing her. As a reward for his five-star video did Rafael make the front page of the dailies last year? On the contrary, not one of his City Hall colleagues continued Martínez the investigation to prove Espada did not live in the Bronx.

It is not only the press who is trying to marginalize Martínez. It took Norman Siegel defending Martinez to defeat the Mayor’s attempt to throw Martinez out of City Hall by not renewing his press pass, despite the fact that Martinez has covered City Hall for 30 years. Siegel’s lawsuit has already resulted in Martínez getting a new press pass, and it is still ongoing to win press pass rights for other bloggers. Martínez is still not allow to ask any questions at mayoral press conferences.

A short time after the video was released, Martínez was attacked and threatened when he attempted to ask Espada a questions about his residence and non profit medical heath care organization he funds with government money and runs. Martinez’s camera was broken and he was told that if he continued to investigate Espara he would be put in a body bag by those close to Espada.

Martínez was attacked because Espada’s people knew he was doing the job of a real journalist and the so-called real journalists were of no danger to them. Espada knew that if you’re a member of the ruling class, the mainstream media will protect you. More importantly, Espada knew that he could use his vote to turn the Senate Democratic as not only a shield to avoid negative press stories, but, more importantly, to hold off and stall criminal investigations into his conduct.

It was only after Espada voted with the GOP, putting Sprinkles the Clown in charge of the Senate, that the Bronx DA Robert Johnson started his investigation into Espada’s residence, empanelling a grand jury and subpoenaed Martinez’s Video. Since then, even the society journalists have been calling Martínez, now that they see his work as a real journalist could put Espada behind bars and end the circus that has become the State Senate.

Mr. Martinez, it is time to get back to work and expose why the DAs, the Mayor’s DOI and the FBI are delaying the investigation into the City Council slush fund scandal. We already know, as we witnessed during the Council’s term limits vote, why the city’s establishment has convinced itself that only the reelection of Bloomberg will save the city from financial disaster. Who else can spend millions of dollars on TV commercials convincing the voters he is creating jobs, while the city’s employment rate climes over 9% for the first time in 16 years. You can do this, Rafael. Just remember those journalists who hate you really secretly envy you, because you’re the only real journalist at City Hall.


The Last Independent Journalist At City Hall 

"Giuliani Once Called Me A 'Jerk' "

Blogger Rafael Martínez Alequin on his reputation for asking NYC mayors uncomfortable questions.

Journalist Rafael Martínez Stood Up to Espada When Nobody Else Would and He is Still Getting Hurt

 

NY Times Co. said profits dropped by 26% in the 4th quarter. Maybe if we ignore bad news, it'll just go away? 







More than two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson said that the strength of our democracy would depend on how well-informed the American electorate is

The End of the Fairness Doctrine Has Allowed the Media to Dumb Down the Public and Make $$ Off Them

The Radio & TV Act of 1932 before it was destroyed by congress and Reagan in the 1980's required those who possess a broadcast license had a contract between media owners and the public.   In order to use the electromagnetic spectrum, which belongs to the public, the broadcaster promises to serve the public interest.   Today it is not about serving the public interest, it is about maximizing profits. In the quest for $$$ they have dumb down the public and given the wealthy special Interests , not an informed public the ability to shape and control government.


When Congress Got Rid of the Fairness Doctrine It Created A Media That Controls Rather Than Informs the Public  
Serving the public interest, as the Supreme Court said in Red Lion v. FCC, means that “[t]he broadcaster must give adequate coverage to public issues.” Giving adequate coverage to public issues is what media owners promise the public to do in exchange for getting their licenses. In 1987 congress elimited the Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows, or editorials. 

The doctrine did not require equal time for opposing views but required that contrasting viewpoints be presented.  In 2011 the Federal Communications Commission special report, “The Information Needs of Communities,” says there is a lot of journalism out there, just not much “accountability reporting” of local and state government. It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" TV broadcasters have offered their views much less hard and investigative news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid because of draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession?


Local TV news devotes most of its time to crime and gossip stories, almost nothing to local government
NYC Local TV Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions
This Is What WNBC (4) Calls Informing the Public This Morning

6:30 Weather,  6:31 - Dead baby found beaten in the Bronx, 6:32 NJ Man trying to lures teens into his car in NJ, 6:34  A 25-year-old motorist was hauled into court yesterday on charges his drunken driving led to the death of a Nassau cop, 6:35  Missing killer in Harrington State Park,  6:35  Skate Board Event on Broadway canceled may go on anyway,  6:36 Sun screen that caught fire, 6:37 Mediator shower in the sky, 6:37 Weather, 6:39 Commercials, 6:42  Shredding personal documents, 6:42 Reporter out west has a cockroach crawing on him during a stand up, 6:43 Commercials,  6:46  Europe Royal Wedding. Justin Timberlake Wedding, 6::47 Movie Reviews, 6:48 Commercials, 6:51 Check in with the Today Show, 6:52 How Halloween can be dangerous for you pets, 6:55 Commercials, 6:57 Top Stories Baby died with bruses on her body, wake for nassau cop, Drill Simulating Plane Accident To Take Place At Newark, 6:58 Weather


Not Only Does TV News Make the Public Uninformed, It Makes Millions From Wealthy Candidates and Special Interests Seeking Public Support
Besides candidates running for office unions and business interest spend millions on TV ads to local stations to push their candidacy or interest. In other words the media makes money of the same public they dumb down.   Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion ***Local News Dumb Down Journalism(True News)




 Local TV News Has abandoned Its 1927 FCC Mission to Keep the Public Informed

Happy talk local news has been around for decades but the local TV news stations always had experienced political reporters who knew how to go beyond the spin to give the public a realist view of what their government was up to.  Some have directly blamed today epidemic of political corruption on the TV news media which have put good looking people in change of reporting who can do little more than read the fake spins of pols or their consultants.  In fact local TV has become the enables of the dysfunctional political system.  Raking in millions in TV ads by the special interests like The Committee to Save New York while keeping the public poorly informed on the real causes of the economic melt down of New York which will lower the quality of lives of all New Yorkers if not kill them with poor health care or depression from joblessness.  The media has not even explain the severer level of the cuts coming this year.

1/5/11
The Last Investigators

Yesterday the Internet chatter exploded when news broke that Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins were leaving the Village Voice.  With the large number of people commenting it was clear that we lost more than just two excellent writers.  We lost Local journalism.


Over a decade ago the Voice's power to publish a investigative story that would shake the politician or city government to the core has past. Despite the lose of power Barrett and Robbins keep the old time muckraking going with quality investigative reports that because of their institutional understand and excellent contacts produced information and connected the dots for all of us.  Barrett said yesterday, "Tom and I do things on the beat that are very valuable to it," he said. "We can read a news story that every other reporter has read and we can bring a new set of eyes to it, see it as a pattern of conduct, grasp the history, put in context. We bring a body of experience that is important to this beat." When all the media was airbrushing Al Sharpton, Barrett told the truth about the skeeviness of this shakedown artist, racial arsonist, and former FBI informer. Wayne didn't pick sides, he picked you apart: "Barrett said, It was always the conduct that prodded me to write, not the person. And that is what I lived for, a chance to say something that revealed and mattered. To me, the story will always be the thing. It is all I can see."


During his 35 years Barrett was at the Voice corporate owners bought up most media outlets and newspapers.  In a city of media owners who use their papers as a cheerleader to allow Bloomberg to change term limits and run for a third term,  Barrett and Robbins were like old time artisans, from and era when journalist were free to tell the public the truth.  These new owners are more interested in what they can do with the power of ownership for themselves, than quality journalism designed to inform the public what their government was really up to.  Our First Amendment Right.


Old Media Final Days

While eyes remain on the impact of the recent tsunami that devastated Japan, the latest State of the News Media report from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism describes another kind of tsunami — digital news. This year's overview of the major trends impacting American journalism brings bad news for news organizations because "in the digital realm, the news industry is no longer in control of its own future."

 

 

  This shifting landscape is demonstrated through some dramatic statistics: 47% of all Americans now get some form of local news on a mobile device, according to Pew's latest research. In 2010, every news outlet was stagnant or declined except the web. For the first time, more people said they got the news from the web than from newspapers. For the first time, more money was spent on online advertising than was spent on newspaper print advertising. And by January of this year, about 7% of Americans reported owning some kind of tablet. 

 

 Social Media the New Newspaper

Social media is now a major news source, with user reports augmenting links from traditional media outlets on Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn, through its new newsfeed, and even personal Tumblrs and blogs are all competing to aggregate the news where editors and journalists once acted as gatekeepers and programmers.

 

 Huffington Bridges the News Gap

Witness the ascension of The Huffington Post, the SEO- and social media-savvy web media brand recently acquired by AOL. Arianna Huffington may have been slightly tongue in cheek by referencing The Washington Post in naming her site, but turns out she was prescient as it's just one example of web properties outlasting traditional newspapers in the fight for digital dominance. That said, AOL has yet to figure out the online news business; hence their recent merger. * Big Editors Return To Print: Is It Coming Back? (Huff Post) * Media: A Huffington-Booker partnership raises questions.


The Future of Investigative Journalism

NY1 Online: Wayne Barrett, Tom Robbins On "Inside City Hall" 1/13/11

With the departure of Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins from the Village Voice an era of investigative reporting in NYC is coming to a close and will not be replaced any time soon. Jack Newfield, Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamill, Murray Kempton are just a few of the journalist that New Yorkers turned to to find the truth.  They are all gone or out of journalism now and our democracy is greatly damaged as a result.

The economic gloom continues to loom over the media industry. With major U.S. media companies dealing with decline in revenue and diving into bankruptcy, news publications have been forced to cut costs to maintain profit margins. Among the hardest hit are those staff in the newsroom, particularly those involved in public investigative and accountability reporting.  During this dismal economic climate, the expense to fund a potentially lengthy, time-consuming investigative story, the reluctance to engage potential legal consequences, and their possibility to be fruitless endeavors are often the reasons why media companies are still reluctant to keep funding investigative issues, media critics say. 

Our founding fathers put in place freedom of the press to get out the truth.  Investigative journalism long articles put together over weeks and months is the only way at getting at the truth in our complex society.  The reduction or end of investigative journalism means that elected officials and the special interest will step into the void and become the provides of the news, news designed to benefit their interests.  Many say it has already happen way beyond what George Orwell described in 1984.  Is Bloomberg's new op-ed section going to be a conflict of interest for the mayor?



A public blocked from obtaining the truth is doomed

Zuckerman's ax set to swing at the Daily News Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is apparently unhappy with advertisers' response to the new four-color paper, and the word inside is that more...  












The City's latest Newspaper War, Not About New York or Democracy


The City's latest Newspaper War, Not About New York
The NYT launched a personal attack at the NYP that is part of a nation wide newspaper war between the NYT and Murdoch WSJ that is being fought on the streets of New York. With a redesigned Wall Street Journal, mogul Rupert Murdoch is launching an old-fashioned newspaper war against The New York Times. Not since William Randolph Hearst took on Joseph Pulitzer have we seen such a fight.

Out of Towners
This newspaper war is different than Hearst vs. Pulitzer in the 1800 or the Post against the Daily News and Newsday in the 1970's and 80's. This Newspaper war is not only about capturing New York's newspaper readers. As papers like the NYP and Daily News continue on their decades long loss of circulation in the city, the Journal and the Times are engaged in a pitched but unusually quiet battle for readers outside the New York metro area who might be persuaded to abandon their local dailies. The Times recently announced a deal that will extend newsstand sales and home delivery of the newspaper to Nashville, Tenn. That becomes the 26th North American city where the Times is printed, link to a mapped of NYT distribution deals. New York Times expanding circulation battlefield with Bay Area

Today, nearly 50% of all subscribers to the weekday Times live somewhere other than Gotham.
Last week Murdoch announced that he was hiring NYC rep0rters for the WSJ to cover the city Wall Street Journal Seeks Reporters to Cover New York - NYTimes.com Today the NYT respond by attacking Murdoch NYP stating that while every paper in America has lost circulation, The New York Post more than most — down almost 30 percent in 2.5 years. The NYT story did not mention that in the last 6 months the NYT has lost 8% of its readers and the Daily News which dropped 14%. One wonders why the NYT thinks losing money is a problem for the NY Post. Murdoch has keeped his paper alive for years as a money loser The New York Post: Profitless Paper In Relentless Pursuit (2005). Why does the NYT think Murdoch would shut down the NY Post now with WSJ trying to take readers away from the NYT? If your trying to put the NYT out of business buy cutting into its reader base, your don't close a NYP. Most Post readers would go to the Daily News but a few would go to the NYT. Murdoch who is betting his movie studio on the movie Avatar, does not fold over a few million in loses or a Sober Mood of its workers. The bottom line for the Post and Daily News is not profit, it is influence and power, which is also being lost as circulation falls and readers switch to the Internet The papers have not only lost circulation they have lost the power to influence voters with their editorials. All three daily endorsed losing comptroller candidate David Yassky and Bloomberg for Mayor. The weakness of their editorial is not lost on the Albany gang, they have ignored for months calls for more responsible budget for the state. The once proud papers now beg Albany’s most important job right now is to make certain that New York does not become another California (NYT) *** Going for broke: Time and money have all but run out on dysfunctional Albany (NYDN)

The NYT should read another Pulitzer quote to understand Murdoch and thyself better Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. This transparent newspaper war just is exposing the self serving ways papers are run compared to the newspaper era of Joseph "Joe" Pulitzer *** Going for broke: Time and money have all but run out on dysfunctional Albany (NYDN) *** Rupert Murdoch Launches Old-Fashioned Newspaper War Against New York Times *** Sober Mood at New York Post as Circulation Spirals Lower *** New York Times Circulation Plummets *** Marvin L. Kalb and Nicholas Kralev - The Afternoon Newspaper War *** Newspaper War: Spanish-Language Press Battles for Booming Audience *** Rupert Murdoch Launches Old-Fashioned Newspaper War Against New York Times

The Real Newspaper Racket Tough Guys and Wiseguys in the Truck Drivers Union (2001). If the newspapers cannot get the mob out or their own companies who do they expect or demand that the mob leave the city's building department? The Luchese crime family has controlled for generations the distribution of all the papers in the city and the building department. Newspaper Union Chief Accused of Corruption (1993) City’s Largest Dailies Raided in Deliverers’ Union Inquiry (2009) *** Stars celebrate the installation of our state-of-the-art presses If the newspapers cannot get the mob out or their own companies who do they expect or demand that the mob level the city's construction business? Equal Opportunity Raiders Hit All NYC Dailies (Robbins Village Voice) NYPD Changes we wonders if this had anything to do with the newspaper raids by the NYPD Organized-crime overhaul by Kelly and this Nearly two dozen 'mobsters' busted in bookie, loansharking ring , NYC Company Faces Trial over Questioned Concrete Tests , Sanitation Chief Among 22 Arrested On Mob Charges Newspapers Trumped Post said he got the art of the deal with his Atlantic City bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts companyTrumps trump claim (NYP) the NYT said he settled Trump Settles for 10% of Casino Company (NYT) Zuckerman at the Daily News must not get alone with the Donald because that paper said Trumps walk away from Trump Entertainment Resorts (NYDN) Jersey City Daily News? Is the New York Daily News ashamed of the location of its new presses in Jersey City? In today Daily News a report about the celebration with the mayor and other New York VIP for the new presses said that by the end of the year all copies of the Daily News in the New York area will be printed on the new presses, which have been installed in a new facility near the Statue of Liberty Stars come out to celebrate installation of our state-of-the-art presses.

Jimmy Breslin on the Media

The New Yorker: An Interview With Jimmy Breslin (City and State )

CS: One of your great sayings is, “Media is the plural of mediocrity.” Do you still feel that is so?
JB: Oh, sure. It has to be… The Daily News [and] the Post, I think their days are gone. There’s an open field with the newspapers stumbling and going out of style, and the television news—when you see people in their suits and ties coming on news programs, and obviously they’ve never done any reporting, and they read a script, I mean, it’s terrible.



Dicker Uses Journalism to Get His Political Agenda Accomplished  

A Reporter Slugs Away in Albany Fredric U. Dicker’s brand of journalism — old-school beat reporting, searing commentary and a dose of showmanship — has made him a potent force in Albany.(NYT) * Unnamed source said Cuomo compared his dealing with Fred Dicker to feeding a caged animal. Dicker declined to participate in the profile. Writing the NY Post a huge part of his influence. * Jeremy Peters tries to deconstruct the complex relationship between The Post’s Fred Dicker and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.* When Cuomo officially arrived in the governor's mansion, Reid Pillifant looked at his relationship with Dicker. When David Paterson became governor, Ben McGrath hung out in Dicker's office for the day. Back in 2005, Ben Smith's profile called Dicker "The Undisputed King of Albany Press."

 

Has the Lack of Investigative Stories By the NYT Led to the Epidemic of Political Corruption?

Today's NYT claims that the media’s coverage of the Triangle Waist Factory fire helped to embed the blaze, and its aftermath, in the public’s conscience.  Which means that the newspaper coverage led to the growth of unions and to the workers safety reforms passed by government to protect workers.  If the NYT did investigative series like last months Daily News investigation of the city council member including misconduct charges, cheating the city, ignoring personal debts, failing to file documents, making false and misleading statements, and misrepresenting addresses in order get tax reductions, affordable housing or district residency, public outrage would grow and be focused for reform.  


 Confucius on Journalism
Asked what he would do to improve a government, the ancient Chinese sage Confucius answered that his first measure would be "to correct language." He meant that if words don't mean what they seem to mean people cannot put any plan into action as intended. The state of language in New York appears to be more confused than ever--thanks in large part to the enormous failure of journalism to report on and investigate the corruption of government in the city and state.


Bloomberg Dumb Down Reporters Hurts Journalism and Democracy
Bloomberg rips social media for dumbing down society in candid interview(AMNY)
Bloomberg, who runs one of the largest business news networks in the world, said the quality of journalism is going down dramatically. Inexperienced reporters, microblogging and social media are not only killing the industry, but also hurting the population as a whole, according to the mayor.
"I think we've dumbed down, and it's not good for society," he said. "It's hard to argue that we aren't going more towards an instant-gratification, sound-bite kind of world." * Bloomberg Unimpressed With Bin Laden Raid(NY Mag)



Spin Vs Reality of Corruption
You Choose the Future of Journalism 

"An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy."  Thomas Jefferson


Jefferson though all it took was a free press to protect the American people from the power of government. He never considered the possibility of the pols and power brokers corrupting a free press.  Local media has always been bias toward incumbents and power. The press protected pols by not covering up stories that would hurt them for years.  The internet has forced pols and the power brokers to reach out to media experts.

 Today political consultants are teaching pols how to use the internet, Facebook and twitter for spin and power.  This comes at the same time as cut backs in newspapers and changing standards of what is acceptable in journalism. A mover always from serious investigative reporters to young journalist who can do no more than print fluff fed to them by pols and consultants.  Master media spinners like George Artz playing the press for sucker for his clients like political boss Seddio. Who the real Frank Seddio and what he is really up to is lost in the Pasta sauce.


Sad Journalism Written By A Political Consultants and the Events They Set Up . . .  Reporters Cheerleaders for Seddio
Frank Seddio Is Your Italian Grandmother(City and State) “You should use cold water with chicken cutlets,” says Frank Seddio, the new chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party. “You want to keep them fresh. You don’t want it to get too warm. You have to be careful with chicken. When you cook it, you can’t leave it out too long. Temperature is very important with chicken.” * The New Leader of Brooklyn's Democratic Party Hopes Cannoli Diplomacy Can Heal Old Wounds

Real Investigative Journalism (All Alone) by True News 
Seddio: Leave the Gun Take the Cannolis(True News)  The problem the reformers have with Seddio is that except for the Daily News warning the press has done very little to inform them who is the real Frank Seddio.  There is a lot to be learned by investigating how Seddio used the machine and government to make $$$ and remain in power in a community with dramatic racial change and his loss of ability to deliver the vote.Moderator Mark Fertig asked Seddio and the other candidates running if Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano should be fired because of her involvement in the Kruger scandal.  Seddio did not only answer the question but he called Fertig a very inappropriate name.It is clear from the guilty plea of Kruger and his lobbyist Lipsky that Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano was deeply involved in the Kruger corruption.  Yet astonishly she still remains as chairman of that board.  In 2007 when a BJ was chosen for that site with a different developer (the developer who the indictment said sent checks to Turaino house) Frank Seddio small business group changed their mind and accepted BJ’s at Canarsie Plaza.  The Feds say Kruger partner Michael Dorothy son was delivered the bribe money shortly after the vote.





The Changing Media = Changing News
The cutbacks in newspaper staffs has also change the experience of reporters hired and what they report.  The beat reporter who know his or her sources beyond the public relations consultants and lobbyists have been replaced by young inexperienced people who get their reporting material from the internet.   Copycat journalism has always been the norm on local TV has now corrupted the entire media.  While much of what appears on morning local TV news has always been taken from the newspapers, it is clear that today's  newspaper reporters are using the internet as the main source of the news they report.  The epidemic of copycat journalism and cutbacks in the news media caused has resulted in less news being covered by the mainstream media, especially on weekend. Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News, More Sexy Reporters

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 When the Press is Weak Government Corruption Grows

The most important job of the free press is being the watchdog of the pols and government has failed. The failure is not only because of the move to online, it has a lot to do with the loss of mom pop owners of the newspapers and the fact that in the past copy boys become reporters after they learned journalism with the attitude of their owners that pols and rich were the bad guys. Today newsroom are filled reporter from very expensive Ivy League journalism school and the owners of papers are big businessman who make their money by tapping onto the government's tit, mostly thought real estate. So over the last 3 decades it gone from and adversary relationship with government and pols to a partnership.


 When the Press is Weak Government Corruption Grows

The most important job of the free press is being the watchdog of the pols and government has failed. The failure is not only because of the move to online, it has a lot to do with the loss of mom pop owners of the newspapers and the fact that in the past copy boys become reporters after they learned journalism with the attitude of their owners that pols and rich were the bad guys. Today newsroom are filled reporter from very expensive Ivy League journalism school and the owners of papers are big businessman who make their money by tapping onto the government's tit, mostly thought real estate. So over the last 3 decades it gone from and adversary relationship with government and pols to a partnership. 


Internet Exclusive #2: Bruno's Daughter No Show Job
The story about convicted former Senator Bruno's daughter first appeared on the Politics on the Hudson website yesterday at 2PM Watchdog: Bruno's daughter got no-show SUNY Research Foundation job Politics on the Hudson 





Internet Exclusive #3: Sen. Leibell Goes to Jail

The Pay to Play Sen. Leibell story broke yesterday on the WSJ and other blogs at 3PM  Ex-NY Sen. Leibell gets prison for evading taxes (WSJ Blog)

Today's NYT Ex-Senator Gets 21-Month Prison Term in Tax Evasion Case (NYT)

 

 

 

Internet Exclusive #4: Cuomo Sharpens Ax for Bad Teachers

 The call by the gov. for changes in LIFO first appeared on the YNN website at 12:28PM yesterday. Cuomo Calls For Sharper Teacher Evaluations (Updated)

 Today's Newspapers  Teacher Reviews Will Put More Focus on State Tests (NYT) * Gov. Cuomo wants tougher evaluations for teachers (NYDN) * Cuomo wants tougher evaluations for teachers (NYDN) * Gov: Sharpen ax for bad teachers (NYP)



Internet Exclusive #5: Defense Delivers Closing Arguments in NYPD Rape Trial
A watcher of the 6PM local news yesterday would learn the same information in today's papers about the NYPD rape trial.  Those local news reports were simultaneously downloaded to the Interent  Defense delivers closing arguments in NYPD rape trial (WABC TV) 

Today's Newspapers Lawyer for Accused Officer Emphasizes Lack of Physical Evidence (NYT) * Lawyer for cop accused of raping drunk woman calls client 'simpleton'(NYDN) * An idiot but not a rapist (NYP)

 

Internet Exclusive #6: Charter School Stalls in Court

The judge ruling on the hold of Upper West Side charter school construction first appeared yesterday on the NY1 website at 1PM  Judge Halts Plan To Expand Manhattan High School (NY1) at 1PM and the DNAinfo website 5PM  Judge Blocks Construction of Controversial New UWS Charter School

 Today newspapers  Charter School Stalls in Court(WSJ) * Judge's ruling puts Upper West Success charter construction on hold

 


Internet Exclusive #7: NYP Rips Off Story from Gawker Without Giving It Credit

Blogger Finds Sensitive NYPD Counterterrorism Documents In the Trash (Gawker) Posted yesterday at 6PM

 Today's NYP No 'shred of evidence' for lax anti-terror cops (NYP) * Blog Posts NYPD Papers Found in Trash (Fox 5) * Blog posts sensitive NYPD documents found in trash (WABC)Sensitive NYPD Documents Found in Trash (NBC) * Blogger Posts NYPD Documents Online (NY1)

 

Local TV News Plays Us for Dummies: Ernie Anastos: "Keep f@#xing that chicken"

Debate Designed to Confuse

The Sad State of Journalism in New York

A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's "Blue Wall of Silence"

Newspapers Coverage of the Budget Crisis: A Tail of Two Standards of Coverage

 



Media and Pols: The Real Story is What They Don't 'Say


Media and Pols: The Real Story is What They Don't 'Say


Tribune's Zell: Newspapers Can't Survive


Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters

End of the Great Newspaper Era

The Times They Are A Changing


Spin is the Cancer of Jounalism
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New York Pols Governs by Blinders Enabled by the Media Who Write with Blinders


New York Pols Governs by Blinders Enabled by the Media Who Write with Blinders

Governing by blinders simply means making budget decision disconnected from a single narrative which both the pols and the media are failing to give city residence. The media has allowed the pols to create a new culture that allows them to deliver government to their supports or good causes without taking responsibility for those actions on the city budget or the economic health of New York It means paying a developer $95 million while cutting the police force. Since 2001 the police force shrunk by over 6000 cops to 34,304 members and we had to wait until after the election to find out what the city will cut because of the recession. We used to have police classes of thousands of new office a year today we are down to a couple of hundred a year. We are paying over a billion on a new police academy as we cut police officers.

New Yorkers want to pay a fair wage Paterson Prepares Wage Bill for Construction Sites We are good people. It make sense to pay people not to go to work sick during the swine flu winter Making business sicker We even hate traffic tickets Traffic Agents and Politicians Debate Value of 5 Minutes. Bloomberg is using the ticket blitz to pay for city services that would otherwise be cut. What is the cost of the council's parking bill and what will the council cut to make up the debt is never discussed. In other words the pols get away with being irresponsible to the city budget. Daily News Edit shows that the council bill to make a parking hour 65 minutes, does not even help motorists Parking space cadets: City Council pretends to befriend beleaguered motorists
Question the Media Fails to Ask Over and Over How we do balance the budget, continue to fix education and not tax the middle class and businesses out of New York? NYC Faces Middle Class Exodus * Schools’ Grades Reflect Persistent Disparity * Businesses rip mandate on sick days , Labor advocates, small business groups clash over proposed paid sick leave bill , Businesses say paid sick days would cost $8.8 billion annually. Don't look for the media or pols to take off their blinders as today's Orwellian double speak Daily News headline proves Mayor: Layoffs likely, but $683M tax windfall will save jobs Talk about blinders, only the Daily News editorial board covered the ongoing budget impasse in Albany The worst of times: Legislature fiddles in Albany while mayor faces down city deficit * Gov. David Paterson doesn’t understand why people are sounding optimistic about budget negotiations — but if it’s an effort to cheer up the media, we appreciate it. (TU). As the state goes broke both and nobody will take the leadership in balancing the budget the NYT writes about New York Is Set for Strict Stand on D.W.I. Cases and the NYP does not even give an update of the budget stalemate in Albany today

The News At Night Begins the Internet News Revolution



October 28, 2009


Times Publisher Compares Print Media to the Titanic


The News At Night Begins the Internet News Revolution


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Steven Slater: Copy Cat Journalism


Steven Slater: Copy Cat Journalism
Internet and the Cutbacks have made their opponents internet site the sole investigative tool of the old media

Instead of digging out new stories today's media is content to put out the same stories as their opposition. Even the old gray lady could not resist the Slater "Mad As Hell Moment" We cannot wait until Atlantic or the Nation does a story about how Americans upset with the direction of their country are making Slater their hero.

News in today's newspaper was online yesterday afternoon. How much longer will readers buy papers filled with news they could have read about the day before online? We see what is happen to Newsweek for untimely news. Reader also learn of many of these stories the night before on TV or radio news. Since TV and Radio know from ripping and reading the morning papers are now ripping and reading the blogs, even they can have the news before the morning papers. Has the media cuts hurt the ability to offer original content and investigative stories? Yes. How can they expect readers to keep buying their product?

Four month after the Wall Street Journal stated its New York section the hope that the newspaper war would generate a more comprehensive coverage of New York has been dashed by both papers need to make sure that they cover the same stories. On same days more than half of both papers stories are the same. Is this how news is controlled? Or is this the result of cuts in news reporter? How much longer can media outlets and reporters get away with posting other new organizations on their Facebook or Twitter pages as if it were their own?




NY Media Copies Stories, No Longer Investigates or Analyse


David Paterson: A Lame Duck, Sure, But Why the Lame Media Coverage? When a powerful public official is a lame duck, it's not supposed to mean that the coverage of him becomes lame. As tepid as Kaye's conclusions were, her evidence was explosive. If a reader focuses on footnotes and nuance, Kaye implicitly makes the case that the man who is still governor is right now orchestrating a cover-up of his own earlier attempts to cover up a criminal outburst of apartment rage (Barrett, Village Voice) * Pediatric Nurse Suspended in Connection with Paterson/Johnson Case * Worker in Paterson scandal received raises during probe (DN) * Gov. Paterson spends $700k fighting AG's probes into domestic violence case, World Series tickets


Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters


2025 Pulitzer to Local News Coverage of A Snow Storm
With all the local newspapers out of business, the Pulitzer committee has been turning more and more to local TV news. This year the committee award its prize to the entire local TV industry for is coverage of a snow storm. It cited the creativeness of reporters using rulers to measure the snow on live TV and the quick thinking of a reporters with time to fill makings snow angels. The Pulitzer in the awarding of this years award cited the investigative skills of reporters who found out that local airports have hundreds of canceled flights and the buses had more delays then the subways. Finally the committee was very impressed with the local reporters ability to get the big interviews citing how each station was about to interview the same man dressed as Santa in Times Square.

Media Spins: A Broken City Sunday UPDATE


Corporate Owners: NY1 Dummy Us All Down

Local TV News Plays Us for Dummies: Ernie Anastos: "Keep f@#xing that chicken"


A Broken Debate Caused by Clueless Reporters


True News Answer to NY1
NY1 Spins Like Pols and Lobbyists
What kind of journalist operation is Robert Hardt, the political director at NY1 makes running. Both True News and Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute pointed out that the mayoral debate on NY1 did not asked about the most important iusse facing all New Yorkers, the economy Instead of admitting to the mistake Hardt makes up a cock and bull story that there was not enough time to ask about the economy. What about the time you wasted with the dumb lighting round? Are we to believe Mr. Hardt that it is more important to asked the next mayor who will cut services to New Yorkers than if the candidates ever had a pedicures, exercise or what they think should be done in Afghanistan? (all questions asked during the lighting round) Even candidate William Thompson called the lightning round format “dumb.” Thompson which has been very supportive of gay rights his entire life in public office was trip up by your dumb format Mr. Hardt and had to explain to the Advocate that he is pro gay rights. All the lighting round did was trip up the candidate, it did not get at the truth abot anything. How could it when you ask who is better Espada or Bruno? One is on trial right not for corruption and the other one will soon be.

By the way Mr. Hardt your political coverage is infected with lobbyists like Al D'amato who are enablers to the corruption in this city. The owner of Parkside lobbyist who was in the middle of the council's slush fund , Carl McCall and Freddie Ferrer who go paid as a money managers by the city or state pension funds, the same thing Ex-Comptroller Carl McCall Is Part of New York Pension Inquiry, After Introduction From Ferrer, Firm Earned $100000 From State Mr. Hardt do you feel responsible for the lobbyist McCall and Ferrer trying to tap into the new comptroller who has not committed to get rid of the money managers like NYS Comptroller DiNapoli has? H. Carl McCall, Freddy Ferrer, Betsy Gotbaum Endorse John Liu More Time Warner who owns NY1 gets tons of ads from the Brooklyn housing complex Flatbush Gardens. He is one story your never see on NY1 Landlord's letting Flatbush Gardens rot to flush us out, say tenants (DN) *** Corporate News Media executives’ desire for acquisitions has led to $200 billion in write-offs since 2000, write the authors of “The Curse of the Mogul.” The Hunger of the Media Empire

. Journalism: Another Knockdown The dieing News business as the Voice's Robbin in his latest article, what is left of it in New York has taken a hit this morning as a top TV reporter is accused of domestic violence and an editor quit the Observer Wife: NY1 star hit & choked me ***

JibJab.com - What We Call The News 



 Media Spins Light Stories From the Mayor and Gov as Major Issues Go Uncovered

Distracting A Willing Press

Mayor Spin: Each day the mayor's team has stories ready for the accepting media that have nothing to do with the major issues facing the city. Today's mayor's spin is about high-calorie beverages.   Corruption in the CityTime contracts, the NYPD ticket scandal, rising crime and cutbacks are not covered aggressively by the press if at all. Can you imagine what would happen if the Washington Post did not investigate the Watergate break in.  There is never an effort to blame the mayor for rising crime like the media blamed Mayor Dinkins. Without an aggressive press the pols can get away with anything. Like a 9+% unemployment rate.

 

A Lobbyist and a Columnist Get Married At City Hall, 1st Marriage By the Mayor


Lobbyists Reporter Joined 
De Blasio Performs First Marriage at City Hall(NYO)“Yup. i got married yesterday to sid davidoff. the mayor presided at city hall and it was his first wedding,” tweeted Linda Stasi, a columnist for the Daily News. 


 

 Special Interests $$$ Now Buy the News On Your TV
Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)




A Grouchy Philosopher Writes to a Cub Reporter

George Bernard Shaw corresponded with Gabe Pressman in 1948

 

"Was the Lie of 'Consistent Leadership' Old Media's Last Stand?" from The Daily Gotham
The Martinez-Alequin Case from Room Eight

 


Deadline Brooklyn
Bloggers Must Now Fill The Void to Protect Democracy


To some, News Corp. King Rupert Murdoch is buying up the City’s local newspapers to improve his advertising advantage over his competitors. To others, he wants to keep a failed business alive because of his love of newspapers. It really does not matter, the core mission of newspapers, to offer alternative voices and inform, cannot succeed with all the newspapers either going out of business or consolidating under a single owner. There are only 9 competitive newspaper markets left in the entire nation. Both the Daily News and New York Times are in serious financial trouble.
GLOOM & DOOM FOR DAILY NEWS - Others on the Wall Street Blogger list of 'papers in trouble' include: the Philadelphia Daily News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, Detroit News, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Cleveland Plain Dealer *** Daily News Discounts Prediction of Demise *** New York Times raises another $225M in office sale - Yahoo! Finance *** NY Times Takes Loan Out Against...NY Times Building - Gothamist *** NY DAILY NEWS SLAMS TIME.COM REPORT: WE'RE NOT CLOSING THE PAPER, WE'RE GOING FULL COLOR! *** Newspapers plan more cuts to cope with downturn... Developing...
This is the greatest crisis in journalism since the English king locked up John Peter Zenger in 1735 for informing New Yorkers of what was really going on.


Jefferson: The Need for a Newspapers
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. -- Thomas Jefferson letter to Edward Carrington, 1787.


Trump the NY Observer Vs Schneiderman
Observer: "LESS THAN FIVE years ago, Mr. Schneiderman was an anonymous cog in the chaotic, dysfunctional New York State Senate." And how about calling him the most political AG in memory. Earlier AGs since 1954 have run for Gov, Senate, NYC Mayor
The Family Newspaper
The NY Observer, owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, published a scathing story on AG Eric Schneiderman, that focuses in part on the AG’s dealings with the Trump family. The original reporter on the story was “spooked” by a conversation with an AG spokesman. “Given his plans to attend law school someday, this reporter resigned from this assignment.” The reporter who ultimately wrote the story said he was “not discouraged or encouraged” by his employer to write anything in particular about Schneiderman. * Newspaper Denies Attorney General Profile Is Donald Trump’s Revenge (Buzzfeed) Bullshit, says the paper. “I obviously don’t see it that way,” says the writer.* Gawker has emails that suggest AG Eric Schneiderman’s case against Donald Trump was a motivating force behind the negative NY Observer profile of the AG. * A New York Observer Article Brings a Spat in Trump’s Orbit(NYT) An article on the New York attorney general portrayed him as vindictive and politically opportunistic. It also included a defense of Donald Trump. Update QUOTE OF THE DAY: “BuzzFeed and the New York Times portrayed the ask as if I walked into my local ice cream place one summer night and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea — how about the kid behind the counter can be a hit man journalist.’ Gawker’s story Wednesday night said that I ‘randomly offered him the freelance assignment.’ That’s not what happened.” – New York Observer Publisher Ken Kurson in a response to criticism of a profile of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. * The New York Observer’s Ken Kurson responded to criticism of an Attorney General Eric Schneiderman profile with his email and text message interactions with a freelance writer who decided not to write the piece:



Dying Newspapers Allowed Corporations to Run America?
Money is the great power today. Men sell their souls for it. Women sell their bodies for it. Others worship it. The money power has grown so great that the issue of all issues is whether the corporation shall rule this country or the country shall again rule the corporations.
--Joseph PulitzerDecember 1878, St. Louis Dispatch




Please Return to Your Primary Mission
The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.-- Adoph Ochs August 18, 1896, New York Times


4/7 365 Campaign Spin Becomes Government

Pols Blue Wall of Silence Enabled By the Media

Was the Lie of “Consistent Leadership” Old Media’s Last Stand?


Today's Most of the People who Report News Act More Like DJ or VJ Than Journalists
DJ Cousin Brucie
Copycat DJ Reporters In
Investigative Reporters Out

Disk Jockey Murry the K used to spin the same records over and over and decide which songs were hot by listening to other rock radio stations throughout the city and county.  Today's news is the new 45 rpm record.  The same story appears over and over not only on different news outlets but on the same news program.  The Internet and its easy access to the competitions work is the prime cause of this epidemic of copycat journalism.   The cutback in newspaper staffs and the buyout older experienced reporters who received higher pay has dumb down the journalist who now cover the city.  Today newspaper journalist copy stories from other news organizations and present them as their own, mush like local TV has always done. That has not only meant less informed news stories, it has changed the way newspaper reporters define their role and are hired. At least half of the local stories in the NYT each day were broken by bloggers and other news outlets the day before.


Murry Kemption Cared
While the last generation of journalist like Jack Newfield, Murry Kempton and Pete Hamill saw their job as investigative reporters and had government institutional memories whose professionalism  demanded they find the truth on how government and the pol were screwing the public.  Today's reporters and their corporate employees see no such role. Major stories like the City Council slush fund, the NYPD ticket scandal and the corrupt CityTime contract are never the subjected of journalistic investigations and only reported on when the U.S. Attorney indicts someone.   The Newfield's of journalism with their investigative skill and knowledge of government were not replaceable.  Today reporters who job is to copy other news organizations stories are very easy to replace since they mostly write about topics they have no expertise in. They rely on public relations smart elected officials and their lobbyists for information and story ideas, who they protect and even flack for.


Dumb Down Newspapers Has Forced Local TV News To Turn to Fluffer Reporters
The thinness of the newspaper news and reporters has made local TV news into unwatchable chatter wasteland.  TV news operations have always used newspapers as de facto tip sheets and news gathering surrogates - longtime broadcasting's dirty little secret.

Less Experienced Newspaper Reporters Means More Sexy Women and More Happy Talk Banter on TV


Daily News: Time For TV News to Get Serious or Go
The Daily News TV reporter Ricard Huff said this past winter that local TV news was turning to much to jokes.  This trend is so strong that it's time he said for the two local 10 p.m. newscasts to get serious and cut back to half-hour reports.




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Murrow: Wires and Lights in A Box
Today, most Americans say they get most of their information from local television news. How well are local broadcasters living up to the public interest promises they made in order to get their licenses? Edward R. Murrow answered that question 50 years ago. “This instrument can teach (TV  now the Internet), it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box."

TV News consultants design sexy reporting "happy talk" news formats not with the idea to inform but with the goal of attracting high ratings. That role for TV news was not as dangerous, with strong newspapers fulfilling the role of informing the public with what they need to know. As print fades, the fallout promises to hasten broadcast news' descent as well -- from "Rip and read" to simply "read it and weep." Our Democracy is in serious trouble.

"An Enlightened Citizenry is Indispensable for the Proper Functioning of a Republic."

Thomas Jefferson





A Federal Study Finds That Local Reporting Has Waned
Coverage of local governments has receded at such an alarming pace that it has left government with more power than ever to set the agenda, an F.C.C. report finds.
June 9, 2011


WWOR-TV Is Accused of Failing Its Audience
WWOR-TV faces scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission after charges that the station misrepresented programming and staffing information.
February 21, 2011


Journalism skills that translate into the PR world

 NYT Talks Reform But Likes Its Boss Tweeds

Jounalistic Enterprise and Courage" Duly Noted: The Modern Day New York Times Meets and Likes Its Boss Tweeds (Noticing New York)





 

Pat Caddell Says Today's Press Has Not Lived Up to Its Role to Protect Our Freedom Assigned to Them By Our Founding Fathers 

Freedom of the press was given to this county for only one reason. Freedom of the press was a deal.   The only institution that has no checks and balances is the press. That was not done because the founders like the press, they hated the press  They did it because they understood that the county could not be free unless  the people were pretected by a free press that would protected them from government and from power The deal was they would have no checks and ballances and the commitment was they  would protect the county
We have a press for the most part that has abandoned it role as the of watchman on the wall of freedom. They have abdicated that role They have decided it is they job to be outriders of one political party or the other, now basically one  They believe it is right to tell you who you may vote for to vote for and who you must not vote for .  And they also believe worse what truth you many know and what truth you may not know  By deserting they secret responsibilities they have made themselves by choice  the enemy of the American people.  Until we restore freedom of information we will not be free. (Video of Pat Caddell Speech about the future of the U.S. and the state of Congress)

Conan just proved, without a doubt, that the mainstream media is scripted

 

The Media never asked the mayor why Goldsmith left on Aug 4th. The NYT,  NYP and DN spinned false reasons




Mayor Press Cover Up
Breaking Friday

Bloomberg Hid Arrest Behind Deputy’s Resignation(NYT)


The NYT speculated it had something to do with the city's snow storm fuck up.   The NYP said:  "From the snowstorm to Cathie Black to CityTime to now this," said the first official. This is something every Council member has been saying for years...that this is an administration totally adrift."  The official said Goldsmith didn't leave of his own volition. Stephen Goldsmith, mayoral aide who bungled city's Christmas blizzard, resigns after just 15 months(NYDN) * Deputy Mayor Arrested Before Resignation (NYT)

One hours after True News Posted the story of the Mayor Cover Up the NYT Tweeted 

NYT Metro Desk(Twitter)


When Bloomberg's dep. mayor resigned, no mention of arrest for domestic violence. (9:30AM

WSJ Greater New York (Twitter)


Bloomberg administration failed to disclose the domestic-violence arrest of former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith:(11:30AM)

Are Pols on Facebook and Twitter Replacing Journalist?
Public: Losing Somewhat Objective News
Pols Gaining Another Tool to Assure They Get Reelection
The administration regularly briefed City Council members and other pols, who responded with praise. The city also launched a tow truck staging system to handle stranded cars, after failing to do so in the blizzard * Were politicians milking the disaster?


Orwellian Journalism
To Control Not Inform
Today's reporters have a value system that allows them to write public relations stories of a mayor trying to avoid blame in what the U.S. Attorney from the Southern District Preet Bharara has called the largest municipal scandal in history and still consider themselves journalists.  This is not the journalism that John Peter Zenger practised in 1735 when he was jailed by the British for publishing newspaper stories that exposed corruption in the kings administration.  As a kid we used to joke about government propaganda published by the Soviet Union news organizations like Provida.  Who knew that in 2011 in New York the culture of journalist would sink so low to limit coverage to the governments line. Thomas Jefferson understood the damage being done to us when he said, "An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will."  No other story points out have far in value journalism has sunk today than coverage of the CityTime scandal.





Lewis Show Some Balls Like in His Newfield Days Protesting NYPD Arrests of Journalists

NY1 Online: Deputy Mayors Defend Zuccotti Park Raid(NY1) Beats the crap out of Wolfson and the other flunky Rules of the City of New York -Press Card * Occupy Wall Street November 17: Journalists Arrested, Beaten By Police(Huff Post) * 13ers Respond (Sorta) To Wolfson (NYO)* The Bloomberg administration made a concerted effort to go into “War Room mode” after the Zuccotti Park raid.* in case you didn't see the statement from the Mayor's office, they're saying only 5 of 26 reporters arrested were credentialed * Reporter Julie Walker was swept up in the NYPD's dragnet of Zuccotti Park

Mayors Flunky Wolfson No Regrets   Does Howard Wolfson Have Any Regrets Over Zuccotti Raid? [Video](NYO) * Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson On OWS Press Coverage: This Is Not An Episode Of 'Cops'(NYDN)


Gail Robinson (Twitter) When NYPD issued new press pass rules, some journos worried protections for street reporting were not adequate. Were they right?* ON NY1 last night Wolfson seemed to say reporters had no right to be at the site of ... news!

 

John Peter Zenger A NYC Journalist Put In Jail Won A Landmark Freedom of the Press Court Case in 1735

Tracking Journalists Arrested at Occupy Protests (Mother Jones) * Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser made a point of noting (in a memo to the press) that just five of the 26 reporters arrested during the Zuccotti Park raid were credentialed by the NYPD.

 

The NYPD Should Not Be In Control of Press Passes  . . .  Conflict of Interests

Police and the Press(NYT Ed) The N.Y.P.D.’s guidelines prohibit interfering with news-gathering activity. The department seems to have forgotten that during Occupy Wall Street protests. Kelly should take a hard look at how officers ignored the department’s guidelines for dealing with the news media, which prohibit interfering with news-gathering activity.  In a letter on Monday to Paul Browne, the deputy police commissioner, The New York Times and 12 other news organizations said the police was “more hostile to the press” covering these protests than at “any other event in recent memory.”




Last week the NYT said A Court, Not Votes, Sustains a Political Machine in Queens. True News said it was much more than the court that was fueling that political machine.  Yesterday the NYT wrote an article on when is a blogger a journalist. Today True News looks a Queens local newspapers that have not only turn they back on journalism but have become partners, house organs with the Boss Crowley’s political machine.



Soviet Queens Pravda 
A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians


In queens the local newspaper, the political machine and government all work together.  The paper do not preform the role of checks and balances that Founding Father envisioned to protect the people from the government and ensure a working democracy.  Instead Queens local newspapers have gamed journalism to operate as a co-machine in Queens.  They work in campaigns and are lobbyist to the same elected officials they help elect or reelect.  The papers operate as the house organ for the Democratic  party to controling who becomes gets elected or becomes a judge in Queens county.  The judges in turn send the legal ads worth tens of thousands dollars to the local papers.

At the heart of the queens newspaper conspiracy is Michael Nussbaum.  He wears many hats.  Executive V.P. and Associate Publisher TRIBCO owners of the Queens Tribune and several other papers and magazines in that borough.  Nussbaum owns the papers along with Congressman Ackerman and Mike Schenkler who services as publisher of the operation.  Schenkler calls Nussbaum the driving force behind  Multi-Media, which he calls the papers printing, promotion arm.  What Schenkler does not tell us is that Multi-Media does campaign printing for elected officials like State Senator Shirley Huntley, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Councilman Peter Koo.  One of Nussbaum papers hired the wife of Councilman Leroy Comrie Marcia to run their southeast queens local edition.  

A queens pol says Nussbaum and a large political consultant lobbyist group work together often in printing for candidates. Parkside is run by Evan Stavisky who works for almost all the candidates backed by the queens machine.  Stavisky moved into the big time by working for Brian Mclaughlin and many of the organization that led to the former queens congressman conviction.  Stavisky was in the middle of the city council slush fund non investigation where Quinn and the others walked away untouched. n 2005 in a NYT article Dick Dadey executive director of Citizens Union expressed concern about what he called "a growing problem" of council members being lobbied by firms that serve as political consultants to many of them.  It not just the local queens newspapers that control what becomes news.  Most of the political writers in NYC know but have not written how Evan lives in Rockland County where his wife is an elected county democratic leader and Evan services an elected district leader in Queens.  It is a deal reporters who do not understand politics make to endure that they continue to get news tips from Stavisky. Stavisky is part of the permanent government.  In 2009 he lost 5 out of 6 council races.  In 2010 he was paid over $2 million by the senate democrats who lost their majority.  This year he lost a congressional district which was 4 to 1 democratic to a republican. 


Newspaper V.P. Nussbaum is not only campaign consultant he is also a lobbyist for developers like Patrick Thompson who is trying to clear FAA clearance to finally redevelop the illegally partially torn down 20 years ago RKO Keith.  Schenkler wrote that Nussbaum “brings us Asian clients and friends. His network includes the very top government officials and business giants in the Far East as well as their counterparts here in our country.”    If you want to know where Nussbaum gets his asian clients all you have to do is check with one of the other papers owner Congressman Ackerman.  The congressman is a member and the former Chair of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific which has oversight on U.S. policy towards nations in Asia.  Ackerman has already show that he knows how to use the paper to benefit himself and his partners.  He was Nussbaum papers publisher and weekly columnist until 1978 when he was elected to the state senate. Ackerman's wife is also the publisher of the Hill in Washington DC.


Nussbaum Was Convicted for Bribery in 1987 of Soliciting a $250000 Bribe for Borough President Donald Manes
Nussbaum  was a member of Queens machine before he became a journalism.  He was a public relations consultant who was found guilty for collaborating with Donald R. Manes, the Queens Borough President, in soliciting a $250,000 bribe for the awarding of a cable-television franchise in Queens.  It was all part of massive scandal that U.S. Attorney Giuliani started to get him into the mayor's office, that involved Mayor Koch, the city's Parking Violations Bureau, the death of the Queens Borough President, judges, the Bronx county leader and a tangled.  Nussbaum conviction was later overturned by a higher court. The appeals court ruled that Mr. Nussbaum could not be charged with bribery because he was not a public official, and that there was insufficient evidence linking Mr. Manes - the only public official implicated - to any bribery plot.  Manes killed himself as another scandal CitySourse began to point to him.


Queens Courier Owner Schneps Follows Nussbaum into the Political Printing Business
It is clear that Ackerman and Nussbaum are not the only political running local newspapers in the city today. Vicky Schneps who owns the Queens Courier.  She also owns a string of other Queens Papers.  He son owns a couple of papers in Brooklyn,    She was paid $18,000 by 2010 State Senate candidate John Messer for printing.  Printing is how Nussbaum connects to campaigns. Schneps was also paid and $9500 for T-Shirts by Messer.


Pols and Judges Pay Newspapers With Legal Ads
Most local papers in NY survive today with legal ads from the court. Other states have abandoned the government subsidy of legal ads by allowing them to be placed on the Internet for free. Local papers depend on the Albany pols to make money. If you ever wonder why they play up to local elected officials and print their press releases now you now know why.


The Queens Organization Understands the lesson of the Soviet Union . . . . Control Information, Control People
As the demonstrations in Russia indicate the former home of Provida is moving toward democracy.  Not only is Queens and the rest of New York stuck with newspapers designed to control them. That control which really means an uninformed public has help cause Queens to become the most corrupt borough in the city.  Where assemblymen rip off hospitals and little leagues, a comptroller rips off the CFB and taxpayers and a congressman get free mortgages from a developers.




The Real Newspaper Racket Tough Guys and Wiseguys in the Truck Drivers Union (2001). If the newspapers cannot get the mob out or their own companies who do they expect or demand that the mob leave the city's building department? The Luchese crime family has controlled for generations the distribution of all the papers in the city and the building department. Newspaper Union Chief Accused of Corruption (1993) City’s Largest Dailies Raided in Deliverers’ Union Inquiry (2009) *** Stars celebrate the installation of our state-of-the-art presses If the newspapers cannot get the mob out or their own companies who do they expect or demand that the mob level the city's construction business? Equal Opportunity Raiders Hit All NYC Dailies (Robbins Village Voice) NYPD Changes we wonders if this had anything to do with the newspaper raids by the NYPD Organized-crime overhaul by Kelly and this Nearly two dozen 'mobsters' busted in bookie, loansharking ring , NYC Company Faces Trial over Questioned Concrete Tests , Sanitation Chief Among 22 Arrested On Mob Charges Newspapers Trumped Post said he got the art of the deal with his Atlantic City bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts companyTrumps trump claim (NYP) the NYT said he settled Trump Settles for 10% of Casino Company (NYT) Zuckerman at the Daily News must not get alone with the Donald because that paper said Trumps walk away from Trump Entertainment Resorts (NYDN) Jersey City Daily News? Is the New York Daily News ashamed of the location of its new presses in Jersey City? In today Daily News a report about the celebration with the mayor and other New York VIP for the new presses said that by the end of the year all copies of the Daily News in the New York area will be printed on the new presses, which have been installed in a new facility near the Statue of Liberty Stars come out to celebrate installation of our state-of-the-art presses.



Tuesday, June 23, 2009


A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's "Blue Wall of Silence"


A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's
"Blue Wall of Silence"


If there was any value left in the local Pulitzer or TV news Emmy awards, a journalist who most of his City Hall colleagues try to discredit and humiliate because they feel he is not worthy of their status, should win this year. Rafael Martínez Alequín, long a pariah among the City Hall press corps, did what his colleagues don’t bother to do anymore. He investigated corruption - and in so doing, broke one of the biggest stories of the year.

Last year, Martínez produced a video in which he interviewed several Bronx neighbors of State Senator Pedro Espada, who had never seen Espada in the building before. The excellent video, which shows Espada’s car parked later that night at his real home in Mamaroneck, proves outright that Senator Espada had never lived at the address he listed as his official State Senate residence. An old lady tenant even confronted Espada, who is now second-in-line to be Governor, after his staff member, in an attempt to intimidate her, took a picture of her while Martinez was interviewing her. As a reward for his five-star video did Rafael make the front page of the dailies last year? On the contrary, not one of his City Hall colleagues continued Martínez the investigation to prove Espada did not live in the Bronx.

It is not only the press who is trying to marginalize Martínez. It took Norman Siegel defending Martinez to defeat the Mayor’s attempt to throw Martinez out of City Hall by not renewing his press pass, despite the fact that Martinez has covered City Hall for 30 years. Siegel’s lawsuit has already resulted in Martínez getting a new press pass, and it is still ongoing to win press pass rights for other bloggers. Martínez is still not allow to ask any questions at mayoral press conferences.

A short time after the video was released, Martínez was attacked and threatened when he attempted to ask Espada a questions about his residence and non profit medical heath care organization he funds with government money and runs. Martinez’s camera was broken and he was told that if he continued to investigate Espara he would be put in a body bag by those close to Espada.

Martínez was attacked because Espada’s people knew he was doing the job of a real journalist and the so-called real journalists were of no danger to them. Espada knew that if you’re a member of the ruling class, the mainstream media will protect you. More importantly, Espada knew that he could use his vote to turn the Senate Democratic as not only a shield to avoid negative press stories, but, more importantly, to hold off and stall criminal investigations into his conduct.

It was only after Espada voted with the GOP, putting Sprinkles the Clown in charge of the Senate, that the Bronx DA Robert Johnson started his investigation into Espada’s residence, empanelling a grand jury and subpoenaed Martinez’s Video. Since then, even the society journalists have been calling Martínez, now that they see his work as a real journalist could put Espada behind bars and end the circus that has become the State Senate.

Mr. Martinez, it is time to get back to work and expose why the DAs, the Mayor’s DOI and the FBI are delaying the investigation into the City Council slush fund scandal. We already know, as we witnessed during the Council’s term limits vote, why the city’s establishment has convinced itself that only the reelection of Bloomberg will save the city from financial disaster. Who else can spend millions of dollars on TV commercials convincing the voters he is creating jobs, while the city’s employment rate climes over 9% for the first time in 16 years. You can do this, Rafael. Just remember those journalists who hate you really secretly envy you, because you’re the only real journalist at City Hall.



Quinn Fix What I Caused

All the new programs called for in her speech yesterday could have been implemented by her any time during the last six years when she has served as council speaker.  The NYT quited her as saying “Slumlords will have to spend real money and fix the real problem, or we’ll haul them into housing court,” she said. But the NYT did not ask Quinn what stop her from forcing them into court as a councilmember or housing activist her first job on the government payroll? In fact you can say that the problems she outlined yesterday were caused by her poor leadership during her rule as speaker.

Ms. Quinn did not talk about the major problems facing NYC, like rising costs of pension, budget cuts, education failures, loss of obs and business leaving because of the high cost of doing business here.  What she did offer was limited solutions to problems which would effect less that .001% of New Yorkers on chronic unemployment and  housing, education and health care. * Mayor Bloomberg said Quinn’s mandatory Kindergarten idea would cost $30 million.

 

A Tale of Two Reporters: Chen Kisses Quinn Ass While Errol Lewis Attacks 

While the NYT Chen and Taylor did the usual kiss Quinn Ass story we expect from the Times which is trying to lead the speaker 2013 campaign, NY1 Errol Lewis was loaded for bear when he interview her yesterday.  Why Lewis the normally professional reporter who is not know for his hard hitting interviews turned on Quinn can perhaps be found in his politics but we will lever that part for another day. Council Speaker Previews Bid for Mayor in Address(NYT) *NY1 Online: Speaker Quinn’s Vision For New York City * Christine Quinn Distances Herself from Mayor in State of the City Address(DNA Info)

 

Round #1  Slowing opening up on Quinn Lewis asked if she had any concerns that changing rent restrictions from 30 to 60 years would drive away developers from building new housing. (you can see and hear the speaker get upset as she cleared her throat why answering the question).

Round # 2  Lewis asked where is the money coming from to fix one hundreds thousand repairs? Quinn said ten million would come from the capital budget.  (Quinn cleared her throat again). Lewis then followed her talk to the head of the housing authority who said his agency is multi-billion behind in their capital budget.  Quinn responded that the authority must do better with less and get more money out of Washington. Washington - Federal Cuts Could Hit NYC Housing Agencies(2011)

 

Round #3  Require 5 years old to attend school.  Lewis says 2000 kids last year could not get into kindergarten and what Quinn is asking for is an unfunded mandate. Quinn get the birth certificates to do better planning so the board can take all the kids.  She says the DOE says it can talk all the kids but we know they can't.  Lewis says someone can be assigned to the united nations for six months and not think it is important to send their kid to school or developmental issues.  Lewis asks Quinn if she is comfortable if a cop or sheriff come to a parents door to bring their kid to school.  Quinn says people have the option to home school. Says early  childhood education is the key to success.  Lewis says should we have hearings before we commit. Quinn says you have to do legislation in Albany.    

Lewis did not ask any questions beyond the speech

Round #4  Quinn want to pass a human rights law to make it illegal to discrimine against someone who is long time unemployed. Lewis regular employment job applications asks for past job experience.  Employment can change overnight, not really a class of people.

 

Round #5  Lewis you gave shout outs to 30 council member who did not get mentioned and and why?  Quinn I do not know.

Round #6 The Mayor talk about firehouse closing, day care slots to be lost because we a low on money? Quinn says she will respond in march on those issues when the budget is due.

 

Jefferson Informed Citizens Need for A Democracy                        "An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight." Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson Explains How Tyranny Develops

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. 

If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." * The new boundaries for state Senate and Assembly districts proposed by LATFOR would increase the number of seats held by the majority parties in both chambers. From 32 to 34 for the Senate GOP, and from 98 to 102 for the Assembly Democrats.

 

Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending

 

 

Mayor Bloomberg has shut down his personal campaign committee, which he used to bankroll a multimillion dollar ad campaign the last time he was at war with the UFT.


 

 

 

 



Are the Million Spent to Gain Support For A Policy Or Public Official Brainwashing?

Coalition Spends Millions Pushing Cuomo’s Agenda(NYT) The Committee to Save New York, a pro-business coalition formed to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda, spent more than $12 million supporting the governor’s budget this year. The main reason Cuomo has such a huge campaign war chest: He doesn’t have to spend money to promote his budget and policy agenda because the business community – through the Committee to Save NY, which dropped $12 million last year – does it for him.* State pols spent $9M in taxpayer money on constituent mailings despite budget deficit (NYDN)

 



Local TV News Snow Blizzard
Oh, the weather outside is frightful -- but do we really need four TV stations to tell us that? Nonstop TV weather coverage says as much about TV news as it does about the weather. With a massive snowbound audience at home, the stations pour on the reporting to position themselves for more than just one passing storm. One of the goals of going live all day, in fact, is to reinforce the station's weather "brand" and to establish the station as the go-to place for weather reporting long after the last flake has fallen. Weather is "the driving factor" behind viewers' choice of local newscasts. That's why stations here and across the nation promote the depth and quality of their weather reports relentlessly, particularly "extreme" weather. After a storm passes, they'll also roll out promos bragging about how well they covered the news. * Meg Coyle, Seattle KING 5 Reporter, Called 'Killjoy' At Sledding Location (VIDEO)

 


Bronx Blog Says Bronx Newspaper Kisses Diaz's Ring

Here is a campaign newsletter for Ruben Diaz, Jr. disguised as a legitimate article in the online NY Sun written by Andy Wolf -- the editor of the Riverdale Review. Wolf writes glowingly about Diaz and credits him for victories regarding jobs in the Bronx, the Kingsbridge Armory and the living wage. So while the Bronx remains the Borough with the highest unemployment rate in the City, somehow Wolf thinks Diaz has hit all home runs.(Bronx Political Chatter) More Bronx Could the Bronx get chopped up even more? (Bronx Press Politics) * After consideration, Diaz Jr. jumps on board with Ferry Point Park golf course (Bronx Press Politics)

 

Bronx Publisher Says Engel, Koppell Helped Secure Loan, But Denies Political Bias (C&S)

Andy Wolf, the editor and publisher of the Riverdale Review, acknowledged in a phone interview this afternoon that Congressman Eliot Engel and Councilman Oliver Koppell helped him secure a loan that allowed him to buy the newspaper – but says that’s had no effect on the paper’s coverage of the local elected officials.  Wolf was responding to an article I posted this morning on a boycott of the Riverdale Review. The boycott’s organizers say that Koppell and Engel have gotten overly favorable coverage in the weekly northwest Bronx newspaper. *  A Bronx Council Race Wrapped In A Newspaper Boycott (C& S)

It Not Just the Bronx Pols Who Own Local Papers Queens Also
A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians (True News) Soviet Queens Pravda   In queens the local newspaper, the political machine and government all work together.  The paper do not preform the role of checks and balances that Founding Father envisioned to protect the people from the government and ensure a working democracy.  Instead Queens local newspapers have gamed journalism to operate as a co-machine in Queens.  They work in campaigns and are lobbyist to the same elected officials they help elect or reelect.  The papers operate as the house organ for the Democratic  party to controling who becomes gets elected or becomes a judge in Queens county.  The judges in turn send the legal ads worth tens of thousands dollars to the local papers. * Chicago Sun-Times will stop endorsing candidates to increase appearance of impartiality

 

Sunday News Desert

With cutbacks in newspaper reporters cause by Internet, the decline of readers and advertises Sunday papers use mostly wire services, features and fluff to fill their pages. Local TV news shows which in the past counted on the papers for original stories now fill they Sunday morning hours with reports on dog car, cooking and people you never heard of singing off key. 




  TV Continues To Rack In Special Interests ADS

The pro-Cuomo Committee to Save NY has funds left over and will continue to advocate for mandate relief and a property tax cap. The anti-Cuomo budget forces aren’t going away, either. * Mayor Bloomberg’s taking on Cuomo’s budget deal in a new mailer. “Our hard-earned tax dollars go to Albany, but now Albany politicians want to balance their budget by cutting billions of dollars from New York City,” says the message that is “paid for by Michael R. Bloomberg.” (WNYC)


 

 


 Gutenberg the First Geek

Who was the original world-changing techno-entrepreneurial innovator? Not Google's Larry and Sergey. Not Steve Jobs. No, to find the man who made the mold, you've got to go back to fifteenth-century Germany to find Johannes Gutenberg. Jarvis portrays the famed inventor as creator of more than just the printing press and the market for Bibles. "Gutenberg," he argues, "should… be seen as the patron saint of Silicon Valley, for he used technology to create an industry." Setting Gutenberg's successes against the real pitfalls he endured, notably his early struggle to amass sufficient capital, Jarvis portrays a bad-boy innovator with a deft, if sometimes heavy hand. He bravely wears his assumptions-- for example, the neutrality of technology-- on his sleeve, and his lesson for techno-dreamers is straightforward. Read your history, Jarvis insists. "Your goal, geeks, is to be more like Gutenberg



NBC Replaces High Salary Newsreader With  A Cheaper Younger Newsreader What the F**k"

Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters

Channel 4 booting Sue after 32 years(NYP) * Sue Simmons, WNBC Channel 4 Anchor, Let Go After 32 Years (VIDEO)(Video) * There’s anger in reaction to the news that veteran anchor Sue Simmons is losing her job at WNBC-TV. * WNBC says it’s continuing to work with Simmons on plans “plans to celebrate her many contributions to WNBC and the New York market.” * Veteran TV Anchor Sue Simmons Is Losing Her Job (NYT) *  Save Sue Simmons: The Internet Campaign Begins (NYO) * Sue Simmons was making $2.5 million a year?! Wow... * Station to Oust Anchor, Ending ‘Chuck and Sue’(NYT)

 Special Interests $$$ Now Buy the News On Your TV
Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)






The Media Watches the Media

As the various candidates compete for an open congressional seat in Queens, the Queens Chronicle let it be known that it is watching the Queens Tribune.The Tribune‘s editor defended the decision at the time and contended the story had nothing to do with the political consulting firm run out of its office, Multi-Media. Although Mr. Halloran may now be at peace with the Tribune, the Chronicle is suspicious as one of the Democratic candidates in the congressional campaign, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, has retained Multi-Media.

Why the Chronicle is Watching?

A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians(True News)  Mike Nussbaum part owner of Queens Tribune is one of the top people in the Grace Meng campaign for congress.  The printing for Meng will most likely be done by Multi Media own by Tribco which owned by Nussbaum, Mike Schenkler publisher of the Queens Tribune. 



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Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

This Is What WCBS (2) Calls Informing the Public (The same headline news is repeated every half hour from 4:30AM to 7:00 AM by clueless newsreaders):
6:00AM  Weather, 6:02  Traffic, 6:04  News  Hit and Run driver suspect in SI surrenders, 6.05  News  Police need help in finding a groper in Queens, 6:06  News  Remains of some animals found along side the Hutchinson River Pkwy, 6:06  News  Parent sue police for failure to administer CPR, 6:07  News  Republican Primary, 6:08  News  Good Friday at St Patrick, 6:10  News  Passover, 6:10  Weather, 6:11  Traffic, 6:12  Commercials, 6:14  News Complaints about the odor from a mulch plant in Huntington, 6:15  News  Birds nest on a traffic light camera>Camera crew and interviews., 6:17  Weather, 6:19  Traffic, 6:20  Commercials, 6:23  Sports, 6:26  Traffic, 6:27  Commercials *** Local News Dumb Down Journalism (True News)
Bloomberg Agrees No Serious News

  Mayor Bloomberg: You can't find out what's going on by reading the newspaper. Not enough serious news, he says.

Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

This Is What WNBC (4) Calls Informing the Public

 April 7, 2012
6:00  Weather, 6:02 News-Plane crash in Virginia,   6:02  News-Looking for NJ Hit and Run Driver, 6:05  News-Fake police officer scam, 6:07 News-Death of artist Thomas Kincaid, 6:08  News-Pace U professor quits over texting scandal, 6:08 News-Funeral for crane accident victim, 6:09  News- Tugboat collapses, 6:10 Commercials, 6:13-Weather, 6:15 Program to help homebound senior with a computer and some class have a better life, 6:17  News-  Winner of Mega Millions comes forward to claim prize, 6:18  Celebration of local artist at Tribecca Film Festival, 6:19 Commercials, 6:21 Talk Stoop(A cable program) Cast of Stomp, 6:23 Sports, 6:24  Preview of tonight's SNL program, 6:27-6:30 Commercials
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Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

This Is What WABC (7) Calls Informing the Public 4/16/12
2 Traffic Accidents, Local trial, A  Foreign Story, Midwest Tornado. 4  Wheather reports 2  Traffic reports

5;00  Wheather  5:02  News: Hit and Run Death in Brooklyn,  5:04  News: Auto crash in L I,  5:05  News: Midwest Tornados,  5:07  News: Subway attempted bomber goes on trial., 5:07  News: Kaubul attacks,   5:09  Wheather,  5:10  Traffic,  5:11  Commercials.,  5:13  Sports,  5:15  Wheather,  5:17  Traffic,  5:18  Commercials,  5:21  Entertainment News  Brad & Angelina Wedding Plans,  5:22  Commercials.  5:25  Wheather,  5:26  Traffic, 5:27  Business News,  5:28-5:30  Commercials


Behind Closed Doors, Broadcasters Battle Online Disclosure of Political Ad Buys

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote April 27on whether to require TV stations to post online public information aboutpolitical ad buys. Some form of the rule seems likely to pass, but the industry and others are lobbying the FCC to alter the nature of the final rule. (Publica)
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Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion

If you were watching local news last month when the new state budget was passing you would have seen a commercials paid for by The Committee to Save New York (business interests supporting Cuomo) called "Turn the Tide" which told the views that Governor Cuomo did a wonderful job at fixing pensions and the states economy.  Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)  Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  
Cuomo and his supporters spent over $10 million last year to gain public support to push through his agenda. Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" broadcasters have offered their views much less hard news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession? Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion


Does Cuomo Have An Enemies List? Political Blogger Liz Benjamin too "Snarky"? Cuomo's secret file on her seemed to think so

Cuomo Aide Slammed Reporter In Dossier (Buzz Feed) The charge for suggesting Cuomo will run for president: “GENERALLY SNARKY.” The “meaningless” leak sets a “dangerous precedent,” responds his communications director. A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled a 35-page dossier on the work of an Albany political reporter considered hostile to his administration, highlighting any shred of criticism in a document that reflects the intense sensitivity of a governor on the brink of taking the national stage. Ben Smith reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office kept a dossier on super-blogger Liz Benjamin in which moments of snark on her blog were pulled out and underlined. * The Daily Q: Does Cuomo reporter file make him the Nixon of Albany? (NY World) * Casey Seiler has what may be the definitive take on what he calls “L’Affaire Liz.” * How Does Press Irk Cuomo? Document Offers Clues(NYT)

Journalist Roll Model Mike Wallace Was Snarky 

For 40 years, it was the sound of the stop watch and Mike's voice that signaled the start of another edition of 60 Minutes. Last night the tiffany network paid tribute to a great reporter and colleague. * Remembering My Dad - Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday * Chris Wallace's Moving Tribute To His Father(Huff Post)

NYT Report on Cuomo Aide Report On Blogger Journalist Liz Benjamin

How Does Press Irk Cuomo? Document Offers Clues(NYT) A leaked document assessing a journalist’s work sent the Cuomo administration into damage-control mode. * Manhattan Institute's Sykes coins phrase "CuomoCare," asks if gov has power to create health exchange w/exec order. * Former Spitzer spokesman Darren Dopp: “A governor who is perceived as cooperating with lawmakers and getting things done isn’t going to be hurt by the revelation that his office has a combative relationship with the press corps.” *Fred Dicker interviewed Cuomo’s press secretary Josh Vlasto about the “dossier.” (Village Voice) * Unlike Cuomo, Paterson Says He Didn’t Keep Files on Reporters(YNN) * A generally snarky cover for the Book of Cuomo * Buzzfeed Ben Defends “Dossier” to Dicker (C&S) * Ben Smith and Fred Dicker Disagree About Liz Benjamin, Andrew Cuomo, Journalistic Values and The Meaning of ‘Dossier’(NYO)* The Village Voice’s “Running Scared” blog has a poll on Snarkgate.* Former Gov. David Paterson didn’t keep files on reporters. He thinks it was the other way around.* Here’s a transcript of Ben Smith’s chat this morning with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300. 

 

Albany Press Corp: Department of Fakes and Phonies
Albany Press Crop goes after a guy who loves journalism who is try to pay his bills but says not a word about Journalist who take high paying jobs with government like Adam Lisberg. How many ex journalist work as lobbyists.  Can you say George Artz.  Question to the Albany Press Crop Do you think journalist slat or plant stories for pols and lobbyists in the hopes of better paying future high paying jobs.  The Albany press corps wants to expel one of its members who took a part-time job with the legislature. [Azi PaybarhAdam Lisberg Leaving City & State to Handle Communications for MTA (NYO)

 


More than two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson said that the strength of our democracy would depend on how well-informed the American electorate is

The End of the Fairness Doctrine Has Allowed the Media to Dumb Down the Public and Make $$ Off Them

The Radio & TV Act of 1932 before it was destroyed by congress and Reagan in the 1980's required those who possess a broadcast license had a contract between media owners and the public.   In order to use the electromagnetic spectrum, which belongs to the public, the broadcaster promises to serve the public interest.   Today it is not about serving the public interest, it is about maximizing profits. In the quest for $$$ they have dumb down the public and given the wealthy special Interests , not an informed public the ability to shape and control government.


When Congress Got Rid of the Fairness Doctrine It Created A Media That Controls Rather Than Informs the Public  
Serving the public interest, as the Supreme Court said in Red Lion v. FCC, means that “[t]he broadcaster must give adequate coverage to public issues.” Giving adequate coverage to public issues is what media owners promise the public to do in exchange for getting their licenses. In 1987 congress elimited the Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows, or editorials. 

The doctrine did not require equal time for opposing views but required that contrasting viewpoints be presented.  In 2011 the Federal Communications Commission special report, “The Information Needs of Communities,” says there is a lot of journalism out there, just not much “accountability reporting” of local and state government. It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" TV broadcasters have offered their views much less hard and investigative news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid because of draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession?


Local TV news devotes most of its time to crime and gossip stories, almost nothing to local government
NYC Local TV Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions
This Is What WNBC (4) Calls Informing the Public This Morning

6:30 Weather,  6:31 - Dead baby found beaten in the Bronx, 6:32 NJ Man trying to lures teens into his car in NJ, 6:34  A 25-year-old motorist was hauled into court yesterday on charges his drunken driving led to the death of a Nassau cop, 6:35  Missing killer in Harrington State Park,  6:35  Skate Board Event on Broadway canceled may go on anyway,  6:36 Sun screen that caught fire, 6:37 Mediator shower in the sky, 6:37 Weather, 6:39 Commercials, 6:42  Shredding personal documents, 6:42 Reporter out west has a cockroach crawing on him during a stand up, 6:43 Commercials,  6:46  Europe Royal Wedding. Justin Timberlake Wedding, 6::47 Movie Reviews, 6:48 Commercials, 6:51 Check in with the Today Show, 6:52 How Halloween can be dangerous for you pets, 6:55 Commercials, 6:57 Top Stories Baby died with bruses on her body, wake for nassau cop, Drill Simulating Plane Accident To Take Place At Newark, 6:58 Weather


Not Only Does TV News Make the Public Uninformed, It Makes Millions From Wealthy Candidates and Special Interests Seeking Public Support
Besides candidates running for office unions and business interest spend millions on TV ads to local stations to push their candidacy or interest. In other words the media makes money of the same public they dumb down.   Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion ***Local News Dumb Down Journalism(True News)







True News Top Stories That Are Cover Up By the Media
1.  Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline 
2.  CityTime Scandal  
3.  Journalism Dumbing Down 
4.  New York's Corrupt Political Parties
5.  Goo Goos: Reformers Have Their Press Conferences,And Nothing Happens
 



Latest Poll: NYC Media Disconnected With the Public

NY Media's Deviant Elite Subculture
The once powerful NY Newspapers has become a subculture that the public no longer believes.  The editorial boards and newsrooms are in shock that their over the top endorsements of stringer and Quinn are being rejected by the voters of New York. A media revolution is going on in New York.  And its Tea Party moment (we are talking about the Boston Tea Party of 1773) was de Blasio standing up to those trying to close two Brooklyn hospitals. Not one newspaper editorial has backed Bill in his efforts to keep the hospitals open.  In fact the NYT in their endorsement of Quinn said that de Blasio efforts were hopeless. New Yorkers are tired of the Bull Shit words coming out of the newspaper and candidates. They know they are being priced out of the city and those that they elected don't care.
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The de Blasio Revolution: New Yorkers Have Reject the Media- Class Warfare
When de Blasio campaign  went to court to keep the hospitals open the voters saw action not words. Every candidate this year has said they were going to say the middle class.  That issue must be pollng high.  There  are other reasons that voters are turning to de Dlasio, his son TV ads, but the main factor is that New Yorkers are mad what has been done to their city.  They think their pols have turned against them. Taking cash from developers who luxury building are pushing them out of the city.  By standing in front of Long Island College  Hospital  in Brooklyn Heights with a court order to keep the hospital from closing and being given to developers they saw someone who would protect their interests. Well NYT with 46% of NYers living in or near poverty and where apartments sell for $3 million or rent for $3000 a month in Brooklyn how long did the NYT think the public would go without rebelling?

 

  1. If de Blasio should win w/out runoff in NY mayor's race, it'd tell us that papers' endorsements (Post, Times, News backed Quinn) mean zip.


    NYT Always for Quinn

     Breaking: The New York Times Endorses Christine Quinn for Mayor of New York City: 

    Ms. Quinn has been an impressive leader since her days as a neighborhood advocate and her early years on the City Council. We endorsed her for the Council in 1999 as someone “who can both work within the system and criticize it when necessary” — a judgment she has validated many times since. She has shepherded through important laws protecting New Yorkers’ health, safety and civil rights, including measures banning public smoking, protecting tenants and small businesses, and battling slumlord.  Quinn fought, for example, for a Bloomberg plan to keep a year’s surplus as a rainy-day fund. There was fierce opposition from Council members who wanted to spend the money. Ms. Quinn was right, and the city had a cushion when the recession hit. We admire her staunch support for the city’s solid-waste management plan, which is good for the whole city but bitterly opposed in some neighborhoods.


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    NY1 Offer Correction to Missing Debate Questions



    True News Wags NY1 Debate Team
    On Thursday True News said the mayoral debate was poorly run by the moderator and reporters asking questions.  We said the many important topic were not covered, union contracts, rising pension and health care costs and nothing was said about housing, education and homelessness.

    Errol Lewis and NYT's David Chen On Last Nights Road to City Hall Agreed

    "Lewis: I do not want to bore everyone with the difficulties of time management when you doing a live debate, like we were handing before. We prepared more questions than we had time ito ask … what was one of the topic that you would like us to get to David Chen from the NYT (who was a questioner at the debate)."
    Chen: "We wanted to ask them how they would deal with contracts and pension. . .
    We wanted to ask more about education, housing and homelessness."


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    Thursday's True News on the Mayoral Debate
    No Hard Hitting Questions From Debate Moderator the Candidates Tag Team Mud Fight About Nothing
    At times, taken aback by the intensifying barrage, Mr. de Blasio appealed to the moderator to intervene. “In professional wrestling,” Mr. de Blasio moaned, “they allow tag teams.”  The Moderator who many believe did not show up for the debate not only let the mud fight go on he and his fellow journalist did not ask on question that got the candidates go beyond their talking points.  No questions were ask about how to pay for new union contracts, rising pension and health care costs. No questions about affordable housing and homelessness and no questions about education. They did for the dumb lightening round questions when we found out the important information that the candidates would not want to be mayor of any other city.




    Remember David Yassky Got All Newspaper Endorsement in 2009 for Comptroller and Lost


    NYT mayoral endorsement puts city on edge?

    NYT edit board divided on mayoral endorsement, reports:
      The divided story sound like a spin to cover their ass with progressives with there coming Quinn endorsement.
    Don't ever change, True News.



    Albany Lawmakers Hiding Behind Lawyers
    If MikeWallace Can Interview Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Why Can't New York's Journalists Ask Individual Lawmakers to Produce the Financial Information the Moreland Commission is Requesting

    The cover-up crew (NYDN Ed)
    All legislators need to come clean on their outside income
    The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics said it would change regulations to require public disclosure of special interests and lobbying groups seeking to exempt their donor list from being made public, Gannett Albany reports *  Video: Soares, Fitzpatrick after Moreland panel hearing  






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    Jobs4NY's Parkside Lobbyists for the Media

    Not One Story About Parkside's Role in Jobs4NY
    The New York Newspaper Guild pays the Parkside Group $60,000 a year to lobby for them. It is strange that the major role Parkside plays in state and local elections it never gets written about.  Parkside ran Jobs4NY for the real estate industry which spent millions buying future councilmembers. The Newspaper Guild-CWA is a labor union founded by newspaper journalists in 1933 who noticed that unionized printers and truck drivers were making more money than they did. In addition to improving wages and working conditions, its constitution says its purpose is to fight for honesty in journalism and the news industry's business practices.
    REBNY | Jobs For New York PAC - The Real DealLobbyist Has a Dual Role at City Hall - New York Times(2005) * True News: A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians * A Letter to Garcia: (Michael) Garcia U.S. Attorney | Room Eight




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    Watergate Reporting Gone

    Why We Lost Investigative Reporting

    NYT Correspondent: A Watergate Scandal Would Never Be Uncovered by Journalists Today(Fishbow)

    In recent years, as Ken Auletta discussed not too long ago on PBS NewsHour alongside David Carr, The Guardian has broken three massive, Woodward & Bernstein-like stories. But over in D.C., at least according to New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich, it’s a much sadder story.
    Liebovich spoke on Wednesday to students at the University of Montana as part of the President’s Lectures Series. Per a report in the Montana Kaimin by Andrew Visscher, he says it all has to do with the rise of D.C. self-congratulation:
    The media provides the fuel necessary for this new order of self-seeking politicians, Leibovich said. He claims a journalistic takedown like Watergate could never happen in modern times, where journalists are often more focused on Facebook statuses and Twitter followers. He said most modern consumers have no interest in reading a 5,000-word feature. A new strategy among newspapers is to blur the lines between hard news and opinion columns on the front page, he said. Most readers want more of a feature-sounding voice to big news, he said. Leibovich claimed that by giving the consumers what they want, the media often gives incredible amounts of airtime to anyone who is standing out.* Carr: "polarized political map is now accompanied by a media ecosystem that is equally gerrymandered"(NYT) * When Journalists Are Labelled Traitors(New Yorker)
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    All the Media Silent On Local Impact on  Citizens United
    We have just gone though the first local election since the Citizen United ruling where two major IE groups Jobs4NT and NYClass has pumped money into almost every first time winning candidate or attacked their opponent.  CrainsNY reporter Chris Bragg has done a good job showing that on of the big PAC groups headed by Advance's Scott Levinson was not following the election law and was in some elections working against the interests of his council clients.  Only True News has asked where is the media on Citizens United effect on the city's elections. Mark Levine ran  in a minority created district he did not even live in won with the help of Jobs4NY, NYClass and United for the Future.* Politicians for Sale (NYT Ed)The Supreme Court should follow its own precedent and uphold overall campaign contribution limits.




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    Breaking NYT's Saturday Endorses

    Daniel Squadron For Public Advocate
    Mr. Squadron has shown himself to be a strong advocate for ethics reform in Albany. He helped pass tough gun laws earlier this year; forced the Bloomberg administration to stop charging rent to homeless families; proposed an alliance to get wealthier park lovers to help fund poorer parks; and helped end the interminable negotiations over Brooklyn Bridge Park, now a celebrated part of the city’s waterfront. He promises to fight for the city’s “overlooked orphans in our political system” — just what a public advocate should do. 



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    Bronx Publisher Says Engel, Koppell Helped Secure Loan, But Denies Political Bias (C&S)

    Andy Wolf, the editor and publisher of the Riverdale Review, acknowledged in a phone interview this afternoon that Congressman Eliot Engel and Councilman Oliver Koppell helped him secure a loan that allowed him to buy the newspaper – but says that’s had no effect on the paper’s coverage of the local elected officials.  Wolf was responding to an article I posted this morning on a boycott of the Riverdale Review. The boycott’s organizers say that Koppell and Engel have gotten overly favorable coverage in the weekly northwest Bronx newspaper. *  A Bronx Council Race Wrapped In A Newspaper Boycott (C& S)

    It Not Just the Bronx Pols Who Own Local Papers Queens Also
    A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians (True News) Soviet Queens Pravda   In queens the local newspaper, the political machine and government all work together.  The paper do not preform the role of checks and balances that Founding Father envisioned to protect the people from the government and ensure a working democracy.  Instead Queens local newspapers have gamed journalism to operate as a co-machine in Queens.  They work in campaigns and are lobbyist to the same elected officials they help elect or reelect.  The papers operate as the house organ for the Democratic  party to controling who becomes gets elected or becomes a judge in Queens county.  The judges in turn send the legal ads worth tens of thousands dollars to the local papers. * Chicago Sun-Times will stop endorsing candidates to increase appearance of impartiality





     Local TV News Has abandoned Its 1927 FCC Mission to Keep the Public Informed

    Happy talk local news has been around for decades but the local TV news stations always had experienced political reporters who knew how to go beyond the spin to give the public a realist view of what their government was up to.  Some have directly blamed today epidemic of political corruption on the TV news media which have put good looking people in change of reporting who can do little more than read the fake spins of pols or their consultants.  In fact local TV has become the enables of the dysfunctional political system.  Raking in millions in TV ads by the special interests like The Committee to Save New York while keeping the public poorly informed on the real causes of the economic melt down of New York which will lower the quality of lives of all New Yorkers if not kill them with poor health care or depression from joblessness.  The media has not even explain the severer level of the cuts coming this year.

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