Monday, November 9, 2009

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

Breaking News: Paterson: NYS Will Be Broke Before Christmas Delivers Scary News To Legislature, Says Only Way To Fix Problem Is To Have Immediate Cuts To Education, Hospitals

Joseph "Joe" Pulitzer During His Many Newspaper Wars with Randolph Hearst

"Always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy for the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare...never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty. Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press with trained intelligence to know the right and the courage to do it can preserve that civic virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will in time produce a people as base as itself. The power to mold the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations" We have a disinterested public NYC Primary: A Low Turnout Coup? *** - RESULTS: NYC Primary Sees Historically Low Turnout

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 - 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

Pinocchio Election Bloomberg's campaign staff spins they knew all alone the race was close. If so how did the private poll by the media agree with them? Are polls that easy to fix? If the mayor's team put out the race was close would that not energize their voters that stayed home to go out and vote? Mayor Bloomberg leading William Thompson by 18 points in latest August 26 Marist Poll, Aides fret that smaller margin of victory = smaller bonuses *** Inspector Clouseau We went through an entire Manhattan DA campaign without much talk of political corruption. When DA get elected from the same political organization that the corruption comes from, most of the time the investigation never happens Who'll dare to probe the WFP? New York Tammany Hall system of electing DA by boroughs adds to the corruption protection Some Charges Dropped Against Surrogate's Court Judge - City Room Bruno and the Mob Mark Congi the now-former union boss had pleaded “guilty to racketeering conspiracy in August for his role in a campaign of extortion and violence – including a 1997 firebombing – meant to pressure contractors into hiring the union’s laborers.” Congi said at the Bruno trial that union's business agent Michael Quarcini felt the more money they placed with Wright Investors Service (Bruno company), the more help they'd get from Bruno. The level of corruption in Albany has noting to do with campaign discloses. The elected officials now become partners with corporatons they help get benefits for in Albany for a pay to play payback Former Liberal Party leader Ray Harding sold his parties ballot line to Hevesi in exchange for 800,000 in pension work. Seminerio made the hospitals who he was helping get state aid pay him over two million in consultant fees and got jobs for his friends with the LIRR . Brian McLaughlin took from the union, government and even the little league

Inside City Hall For Kelly, a Chance to Add to His Legacy *** New York Clinics See Few Crowds for Free Vaccine *** Thompson's next stop - D.C.? *** Analysis: NYC Mayor Not Humbled by Close Election *** David Remnick: “[N]o one knew what to make, really, of Michael Bloomberg, who had to award every citizen of the five boroughs a pot of silver, three chickens, and the keys to a pink Cadillac in order to beat a guy named Whatsis by forty-seven votes.” *** Molinari slams Bloomberg campaign strategy *** The New Power Generation Bloomberg may have squeaked back in as king—but now he has two ambitious princes to contend with *** On Real Clear Politics, Stuart Rothenberg says Bloomberg’s “spending did cause a backlash, but so did his perceived arrogance.” *** Smackdown for one of Kelly's heroes *** Here’s another look at Dan Halloran, the first elected “heathen.” *** Weiner Returns to City Hall *** The city is fighting with the Town of New Windsor over water *** Mugging Renews Fears That Central Park Is Unsafe After Dark*** Almost Beating Mayor Bloomberg Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Bill Thompson (NY Magazine) *** Arzt Says Liu's Bloomberg Snub Was a Misunderstanding *** Candidate and Consultant Feud, Police Called *** Rep. Anthony Weiner still thinks he made the right decision about the mayor's race *** Outdoor Life magazine opines on "Boss Bloomberg."
Road to Albany GOP Senate's gold rush: Queens seen as mother lode in bid to take back power in 2010 *** Hey, Hiram, you can help us get rid of you *** Incumbents bore the brunt of voters’ anger at government, a message that has implications for 2010. (TU) *** Voters’ tax rage ran the Democrats out of Westchester. (NYP) *** And may push Democrat Tom Suozzi out of the Nassau County Executive office. “He’s almost certainly a diminished character, win or lose,” writes the Times. (NYT) *** Elizabeth Benjamin writes that at least one Democrat is pushing failed Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Bill Thompson’s name to primary U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. (DN) *** Eric Ulrich doesn’t rule out challenging Joe Addabbo next year *** Monserrate Panel Unanimously Created, Monserrate Absent
Gov of La Mancha Fate of Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Albany Unclear *** Albany and the BudgetAlbany’s most important job right now is to make certain that New York does not become another California (NYT Ed) *** Fate of Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Albany Unclear *** Going for broke: Time and money have all but run out on dysfunctional Albany (NYDN Ed) *** State Dems plan to snub Gov. Paterson's call for health, education cuts *** Dave's budget cuts in trouble after poll purge *** The Senate Dems propose an alternative to Paterson’s proposed deficit reduction plan, which takes out all cuts to education and health care. (DN/ DP) *** Tuesday’s special session has a lot of legislation on tap besides the DRP, including legislation to close the loophole in the Rockefeller drug law reform. (GNS) *** Paterson says he may reconsider the drivers’ fees if the budget gap is closed. (Newsday$) *** The Senate backs off of boycotting the joint special session. (BN) *** A nose count shows same-sex marriage is not a slam dunk in the State Senate *** Al Sharpton can help bridge the deficit by paying his back taxes *** Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reportedly isn't a fan of Paterson's mid-year budget cutting plan, either, particularly when it comes to education and health care spending *** A Senate Dem Plan, Also Brought to You by the Health Lobby *** Paterson Tries To Rally Support Of Deficit Reduction Plan (NY1) *** Paterson Paints Grim Picture of Budget *** Paterson's Speech: 'We're Running Out of Money'*** Education and health care special interests lobbied at the Capitol today*** Cash for Clunkers was good for car dealers but didn't help the state much, says Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Pay to Play Bruno Laborers union officials next up at trial *** A profile of the sketch artist at former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s trial. (TU) *** A telecommunications executive whose various companies paid former Sen. Joseph L. Bruno $468,000 for consulting work testified Friday that their financial relationship began in 1993 when Bruno said he needed ”more income.” *** The D'Amatos are big contributors to the Renew New York PAC *** Dem Support For Bruno

Pay to Play Casino A 2-horse race at Aqueduct NY, champing at bit for cash, near racino decision

Stupid Government Tricks
Parks' recycling is out with the trash A Post investigation found there's little recycling going on in city green spaces, but the more shocking news is how waste collected in parks gets dumped *** Office Workers Tossed Documents During the New York Yankees World Series Championship Parade *** MTA bus driver who hit student had been suspended for texting *** Brokers behind push to rebrand the city's neighbor

Fire Trap Keystroke Error Sends Fire Trucks to Wrong Address*** Firetrap complaints at tragic Qns. inferno home *** Many hostels are illegal conversions *** More illegal apartments found near Woodside blaze site *** Firefighters Criticize Dispatch Sytem After Blaze *** Firefighters Cite Error in Dispatch of Fatal Fire *** City confirms dispatch error during deadly Queens fire *** Queens basement deathtrap got OK twice

Law and Order Kerik's comeuppance (NYP Ed)

White House Berlin Wall blunder Conspicuously absent: the president of the United States, Obama (NYP Ed)*** Obama Presses Senate to Act Quickly on Its Health Bill *** Europe loves Obama - us, not so much *** Obama Has Lost Sight of the Center - Clive Crook, Financial Times *** The Reinvention of Robert Gates - Michael Crowley, The New Republic *** Necessity of Negotiating From Strength - Rudy Giuliani, NY Daily News *** Obama After a Year: Keep the Faith - The Guardian *** 'Dithering' May Be Good Policy - Couloumbis, Ahlstrom & Weaver, RCW *** America's Secret Pakistan Nuke Deal *** White House Warnings About Fox News?
Congress and Political Parties
Paranoia Strikes Deep If the G.O.P. essentially shrinks down to a rump party across America, the country could become ungovernable in the midst of a continuing economic disaster (Krugman NYT) *** No Clear Map for Democrats on Path to New Energy Plan *** The Right Lessons From Tuesday's Results - Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call *** How To Divide a Party, In Three Easy Steps! - Jay Cost, RealClearPolitics *** Energizing Base Won't Ensure Republican Victory - Al Hunt, Bloomberg *** Freewheeling Young Voters Scare Parties - Michael Barone, DC Examiner *** Bill Owens voted for it, and was attacked for breaking a campaign promise *** Labor 'Disappointed' With McMahon, Murphy On Healthcare *** Months of Clues Missed in Hasan Rampage Shrink grew increasingly agitated, but superiors didn't act *** Steele: Some white GOP 'scared of me'

Health Care
For Abortion Foes, a Victory in Health Vote *** Medical Industry Grumbles, but It Stands to Gain *** Health bill's bitter pill for small business *** Louisiana Republican Breaks Ranks on Health Bill *** Battles loom despite big health care victory *** Insurers, Drugmakes Fight Profit-Pinching Reform Bill - Bloomberg *** Sanders Could Be a Spoiler on Health Care - The Hill *** What's a Death Panel Anyways? - Alex Knepper, Race42012 *** Abortion Foes' Health-Care Victory

Wall Street Merrill flinch Retail-banking push meets broker resistance *** Living the good life at Goldman Sachs ***Not sweet enough! Cadbury rejects Kraft's $16.4B bid *** The Next Big Bubble? - Robert Samuelson, Newsweek *** Unemployment in America: Jobs Gloom, with Glimmers - The Economist *** Reality Bites With 10% Plus Unemployment - David MacDougall, TheStreet *** The Dark Side of the Productivity Surge - Peter Coy, BusinessWeek *** Buy Gold, It's That Simple - Donald Luskin, SmartMoney *** Top Banks Set for Record Bonuses

Wall Street Pay to Play
Bernie's bidder end Diamond earrings, rings and Rolex watches will be among the items belonging to the $65 billion Ponzi schemer and his Madoff's wife that will be auctioned off by the US Marshals Service in Midtown Saturday.

International At 91, Mandela Endures as South Africa’s Ideal *** Yemen Rebels Routed, Saudi Arabia Says *** Iraq Passes Crucial Election Law *** The Legacy of 1989 Is Still Up for Debate Europe was transformed in 1989, but the events of that year are seen differently in Europe, the U.S. and Russia *** A Fateful Day, and the East Tasted Freedom *** Op-Ed Video: Man Who Opened the Gate *** Nuke myth blows up: The West must stop pretending that Iran might compromise *** After the Wall Fell - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post *** The Power of Reagan's Four Little Words - Anthony Dolan, Wall St. Journal *** The Berlin Wall Fell and a New Europe Rose - Daily Telegraph *** Espionage in Iran? *** Chávez to Troops: Prepare for War

National Crist May Be the Front Runner, But it Doesn't Feel Like It - Miami Herald ***

Terror Plot 9/11 link in Ft. Hood slay spree Killer prayed at mosque with hijackers *** Bx. witness relives end of Ft. Hood nightmare *** Fort Hood Gunman Gave Signals Before His Rampage *** Complications Grow for Muslims Serving in U.S. Military *** Fort Hood gunman Nidal Malik Hasan tried to contact Al Qaeda and U.S. intelligence knew - report *** Fort Hood: Drop the Political Correctness - David Warren, Ottawa Citizen *** Hasan Tried to Contact Al Qaeda