Bill de Blasio won the Democratic primary. Sal Albanese did not. But thanks to poor coverage of the race, the former councilman argues, New York's voters are the real losers.As an outsider candidate for mayor, I never expected great coverage, but I was shocked to see how much the landscape had deteriorated. Before any major poll, the New York Daily News decided to lock our campaign out of three televised debates that it hosted early in the year.
When I reached out to an editorial board member for an explanation, I was scoffed at and denied any objective criteria. So, I sought a different path.I offered substantive op-eds, most notably on poverty in schools and the need for early intervention. Rejected. I held press conferences with victims of Hurricane Sandy to demand tougher action from the mayor. Uncovered. 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. But the long-term impact that shallow coverage has on our city is much more troubling than its impact on my campaign. We're now poised to elect Bill de Blasio as our next mayor. Unfortunately, we know less about his public policies than we know about Anthony Weiner's private life.We would be much better off if we knew what our next mayor had accomplished and really plans to do over the next four years. Unfortunately, the fourth estate has failed to provide that information. Elections have consequences, and so does the way that we cover them. For the sake of our city's future, we must demand better.

The Media Takes No Responsibility to Inform and No Shame For Failure to Do So
"So which is Bill de Blasio, Sandinista or Clintonista, radical or clubhouse regular.  It’s a good question, particularly considering how vague he has been about so many things as a mayoral candidate." Daily News Op-Ed