Tuesday, May 8, 2012

No Contest Newspaper Cover the City Better Than Local TV

As Hospitals Close All Over the City Only the Newspapers Cover A Story Of A Hospital Executive Who Bribed Elected Officials.  TV Covers to Much Fluff  and Very Little Political Crime and Analysis

Executive of Hospital Gets 3 Years for Bribery(NYT) Rosen bribed former New York State Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, a Democrat, paying him $400,000 in consulting fees from 1999 to 2008 to help steer government money Rosen's way, including $19 million in loan forgiveness in 2006. Seminerio died in prison. Rosen was also convicted of bribing Democratic state Sen. Carl Kruger in 2007 and 2008 by directing hospital business to a hospice care center promoted by Kruger. Kruger, the one-time chairman of New York state's powerful Senate Finance Committee, was sentenced last month to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty in the case. Prosecutors said Rosen later recruited state Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., paying him $175,000 from 2003 through 2008 to serve as a consultant at a hospital's family care center.* Former Brookdale honcho David Rosen sentenced to three years in prison for(NYDN) * Bribes cost hosp chief 3 years(NYP)



Local TV News Soft on Important News

TV Local News Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions in Political Ads
No stories today about a hospital executive who bribed several pols 
What the stations covered instead I Scream, You Scream: Free Cone Day At Haagen-Dazs Is May 8 (WCBS) * Brooklyn Bridge repairs deprive residents of sleep(WCBS) * New LED Light System for Empire State Building(WNBC) * Tanning Mom' Sparks Demand For Salon Regulation(WPIX) * Tanning Mom' Sparks Demand For Salon Regulation(Fox 5) 

Why Local Stations Do Not Cover Political Crime

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
Local News  Dumb Down Journalism (True News)

True News Wags the NYT On the Russian Community Move to the GOP
True News Said on April 23, 2012
Only a Russian Candidate Can Slow the Red Tide in Southern (True News) Brooklyn The Congressman Turner victor was the wake-up call.  The Fidler results is the panic button. Southern Brooklyn is turning GOP red.  The Democrats only chance to try slow this tide is to pick new candidates that mirror the district. That has already been done in the news Boro Park State Senate District where DSCC Chairman Mike Gianaris helped lobby former Councilman Simcha Felder to run for the seat.   The Winds of Civil War Between the Jews of Southern Brooklyn (True News)
Wednesday New York Times Reports

Among New York’s Russians, an Affinity for the G.O.P.(NYT) New Yorkers vote overwhelmingly for Democratic politicians, but immigrants from the former Soviet Union are a notable exception, perhaps because of the legacy of Communism.

More From True News Largest Vote Pulling Machine in Brooklyn is Homeless 
NYT Does Not Understand the Russians Are Moving to the GOP Because They Were Screw by the Democrats Not Because of their communist background.  The NYT leaves out the fact that for 10 years the Russians were registering Democratic and electing Democrats. In return for their loyalty they got redistricted into oblivion. 
The Russian Deliver the Votes, Elect Democrats and Get Shut Out Everywhere
Gregory Davidzon, owner of the Russian radio station WSNR in Brooklyn, N.Y has become the guy to talk to in the Russian Community. His radio stations constant ads and interviews with Russian team Greenfield was responsible for pulling out over 2000 Russian voters for the Greenfield, his margin of victory.  He was also a key play in the election of the first Russian Assemblyman Alex Brook-Krasney and helped deliver the vote to the mayor in 2009. Congressman Turner credits him for his upset victory and also delivered the Russian vote to John Liu against David Yassky.  
Kruger, Fidler, Cymbrowitz and Recchia Never Welcomed the Russians into the Party
Yet many of those democrats the Russians help elected worked worked against during redistricting.  It started 10 years ago when Council Dominic Recchia looking to get reelected in Brighton Beach cut a third of the Russians out of his district.  He won in 2001 because of a 5 way spit of the Jewish  and Russian vote.  This year the Russian hoped to pick up a state senate district only to find their community divided up into 4 different state senate district and 4 Assembly district.  What the NYT does not get is the Democrats led by Kruger, Fidler, Cymbrowitz and Weiner by not accepting them into the fold have given the GOP the opportunity to pick up seats by running Russians like David Strobin.

Espada Jury Still Out

Judge Gripes At Arguing Attorneys In Espada Embezzlement Trial(NY1) * We’d retry Pedro: feds (NYP) Federal prosecutors vowed to retry ex-Sen. Pedro Espada if his current corruption case ended in a mistrial

Election 2012   NY1 Online: City Republican Chairmen Call For Candidates In 2013 * & "are keeping their distance from "* Ferrer for Rangel foe(NYP) *Challenger to Rangel Lands a Prominent Endorsement(NYT) Bloomberg said it was too early for him to endorse in the race between Rep. Charlie Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat* Carrión eyes run for mayor(NYP) * Gov sticks with powers that be (NYP) Cuomo’s decision to help raise money for the Assembly Democrats, but not their Senate counterparts, is a sign to many that he prefers to maintain the balance of power in Albany, the New York Post says * Rangel Rival Picks Up Support From Ferrer(WSJ) * White House putting Rangel on hold (NYDN) * Super PAC Backs Espaillat vs. Rangel (YNN) * There was a “Welcome Back Charlie” reception for Charlie Rangel in Washington, who’s been absent with a back injury. * Felder’s Ferocious Fundraising (Updated)(YNN) * Hikind Clarifies, Says Bill Thompson Is No Lock For Orthodox Vote(NYO) * Sen. Chuck Schumer is endorsing Sen. Toby Stavisky * Jerry Nadler and Scott Stringer are raising for Hakeem Jeffries.

Congressional Color War

Court Rules in David Storobin’s Favor, Orders Contested Ballots to Be Counted(NYO)

PBA Daily News Ad Blames City For Ticket Blitz
Quotas or goals? The NYPD debate(WABC) In the Daily News on Monday, a full page ad claimed police are facing "undue pressure to write summonses to as many motorists as possible." *  Bloomberg Declares With Straight Face: NYPD Doesn't Have Quotas (Village Voice) * No Room for Dissent in a Police Department Consumed by the Numbers(NYT)
NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal Reporting Drip Drip Drip (True News)

Signs of Support as Cuomo Outlines Plan on Disabled Abuse(NYT) * Monitoring Care for the Disabled (NYT Ed) The Times calls Cuomo’s plan to increase oversight of homes for the disabled “sensible [and] straightforward,” and urges the Legislature and unions to support it: * Cuomo Pushes For New State Agency To Improve Care For People With Disabilities(NY1) * Help on way for disabled (NYDN)* Analysis: Protecting New York's Most Vulnerable(NBC) * Andrew Cuomo's worthy attempt to fix shameful, dangerous state programs for the disabled (NYDN)  He has his work cut out * The DN’s Bill Hammond says Cuomo inherited a “grim reality” and is now taking “necessary first steps…to end a shameful pattern of abuse and neglect in New York’s state-run and state-funded programs for the disabled.” 


Fire Department Doubles Minority and Female Applicants(NYT)




NY Follows Detroit As Highest Property Tax on Apt Buildings 

Apts. under attax(NYP) No wonder the rent’s too damn high — property taxes on apartment buildings in New York top every other major city in the country except Detroit.


The Daily Q: How much of New York City’s budget comes from Washington? (New York World)

Teachers Union Again Sues Over Closings(WSJ) * Principals Join Teachers Union's Lawsuit To Prevent School Closures(NY1) * Unions sue city over 'sham' school closings (NYDN) Educators say closing of 24 schools are 'end run' around union protections* The UFT and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators filed another suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, calling the Bloomberg administration’s plan to shutter two dozen schools and fire poor-performing staffers a “sham” that is an end-run around contract rules. This is the third time in as many years that the union has sued to try to stop school closings.


He loots MTA and gets boot from project (NYDN)




Pro-life centers to open in Queens and Manhattan(NYDN) 


Mixed-Martial Arts Bill Won't Get N.Y. Assembly Vote(WSJ) * Ultimate Fighting in New York loses a round(NYDN) * State Assembly Will Not Legalize Mixed Martial Arts, Speaker Says(NYT)


Bidders Compete to Run Trade Center Observatory, 1,200 Feet Up(NYT)




Who Ever Does Public Relations for this No Nothing News Reader Should Get A Raise 

Brooklyn Neighborhood Gets an ‘I Know You!’ Moment(NYT) The news anchor Pat Kiernan is trading in a penthouse on the Upper West Side for a single-family home in Williamsburg.

The Making of the President 2012

Liberal Donors Will Steer Money Toward Grass Roots(NYT) * Rick Santorum Endorses Mitt Romney(NYT) *Cuomo Says Obama Visit Could Help State's Economy(NYT) * Decision 2012: Rick Santorum Endorses Mitt Romney For President Through Email(NY1) * Piers Morgan Confronts David Axelrod About Obama’s ‘Evolution’ On Gay Marriage * Mitt Romney Stands Mute As Supporter Says Obama Should Be Tried For Treason * Obama's marriage muddle (Politico) * For a Blunt Biden, an Uneasy Supporting Role(NYT) * Rick Santorum Endorses Mitt Romney …At 11 p.m.(Huff Post) * George Soros and Other Rich Guys to Infuse Democrats With $100 Million for Grass-Roots Efforts(NY Mag) * Liberal donors pledged $100 million to focus on turnout operations. * he Times would like Obama to stop hedging on gay marrage issue. * “Being a vice president is kind of like being a first lady,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. “You are there to support and serve the president. There is no job description.” * Red states versus blue states: Who's laying off more government workers? (Wash Post) * Obama's 'to do' list for Congress: jobs, mortgages(NBC)* Obama Ditches JFK's Legacy - Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle *  What Would Mitt Do to Revive Economy? - Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly * Romney's Path Is Not Necessarily Narrow - Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics * Swing States Back at Tipping Point - Ronald Brownstein, National Journal * Obama Should Learn From LBJ - Richard Cohen, Washington Post * Edward Conard Says What Romney Won't - Michael Kinsley, Bloomberg *  Romney and Race in the 2012 Campaign - Harry Stein, City Journal * Obama Hits Syria w/Brutal Blast of Adverbs - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg * Obama Right to Hold Off on Gay Marriage - Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast * Europe's elections carry risk for economic recovery, Obama campaign (Wash Post) * Biden’s Uneasy Turn to a Supporting Role(NYT)


The Daily Show Reveals The Truth Behind How Young Voters Feel About Obama




Tom Brokaw Doubles Down On WHCD: 'If You Go, It'll Steal Your Soul' (VIDEO)  Brokaw told Kurtz that people he talks to feel that political reporting has become a "closed game" that "doesn't address what their real concerns are."  "I do feel strongly that it's gone way too far," he said. He added that the dinner, which has drawn more and more Hollywood celebrities ever year, gives off a "let them eat cake" air to the rest of the country, and seemed to say that "we're more interested in celebrities than we are in the concerns of real folks who are out there."


Steering Murdoch in Scandal, Klein Put School Goals Aside (NYT) a "sidetracked" and impatient joel klein still spending 1/3 of his time on murdoch scanda


Security guards failed to help crushed boy, lawyer claims(NYP)

Ex-Met Mo hit on kid’s gate death(NYP) Former Met Mo Vaughn yesterday agreed to remove an automatic parking-lot gate that killed a Brooklyn 12-year-old at an apartment complex that he co-owns — even as a city councilman ripped the former slugger for not doing so before Sunday’s tragedy. * Tenants outraged by kid’s death in roll-up gate blame building(NYDN)

Wrong-guy groper: ‘Gent’ freed, and doesn’t blame NYPD(NYP) * Man accused of being 'preppy groper' cleared(NYDN)


Law and Order
Diplo’s girl sues city(NYP) * Mob bank thief stays in cage (NYP) * Robbery suspect ‘banking’ on gallery seat (NYDN) * Bklyn man pleads guilty to sex abuse of 2 kids(NYDN) * Staten Island woman gets probation for biting toddler who (SI Advance) * Rolldown Gate That Killed Brooklyn Boy to be Taken Down(DNAINFO) * Jury finds 'Parking Punch' man guilty of misdemeanor assault (NYP)

Mad menu of ‘monster mom’(NYP) *Mother Facing Murder Claim Takes Stand *Mother of Marchella Brett-Pierce testifies (NYDN)

Prof mom shot(NYP) * Woman, Son Shot During Standoff(WSJ) * Police Wound Knife-Wielding Man and His Hostage(WSJ) *UES Man Who Threatened Mother With Knife Shot By Police  * Knife-wielding suspect shot by police(NYDN) * Police: Man Shot By Cops After Holding Mother At Knifepoint(WCBS) * Suspect, mom shot by police on Upper East Side(WABC)


Local Airport Security Does Not Change After CIA Secures Al-Qaida Underwear Bomb(NY1) * Underwear bomb had no metal components(WABC) * Rep. Peter King Tells Soledad O'Brien: Drone Attack And Terrorist Plot Are Linked [VIDEO]


NY1 Reporter Reflects On Witnessing Arraignment Of Five Gitmo Defendants