Headline of the Day: “Stop-and-Frisk Decision Means Mayoral Candidates Can Finally Stop Talking About Dong Pics.”
Runner-Up: “A big moment for the ‘Anti-Weiner,’ whoever that is.”
The story of the day continues to be yesterday’s stop-and-frisk ruling, which is featured across the front pages from El Diario to Hamodia. The New York Post was especially livid and ran a full-page editorial entitled, “Death wish, the sequel,” while the Daily News splashed “MURDER, SHE WROTE” on its wood.
As it is wont to do, The New York Times editorial page tacked in the opposite direction, declaring it “fortunate” that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving office soon and his successor should retract the appeal. The publication further ran a report questioning whether the leading Democratic mayoral candidates have specific stop-and-frisk positions.
The Times also displayed a fun side last night by reviewing Anthony Weiner‘s BuzzFeed appearance as “The 11 Most Memorable Moments from Anthony Weiner’s Buzzfeed interview.” (Mr. Weiner’s shots at publisher Arthur Sulzberger, and whether he is still alive, didn’t make the cut.)
New York magazine checked in on Council Speaker Christine Quinn‘s authenticity. “This idea that I’m going to walk around and think about being more authentic—that’s not how it works,” Ms. Quinn says. “I hope that’s where the authenticity is most demonstrated—in the work, in the results.” New York writes: “This kind of canned candidate-speak isn’t helping her.”
The New Yorker‘s George Packer gave a rather favorable write-up to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio‘s focus on inequality: “De Blasio’s chance of becoming the next mayor depends in part on whether voters, including sympathetic liberals, see in him a politician with the courage to face the city’s biggest, hardest problem, or the beginning of the end of a golden age. Better to ask yourself the question than pretend that it doesn’t exist.”
And Queens Borough President Helen Marshall forgot Congresswoman Grace Meng‘s name last Friday, simply referring to her as “this wonderful young Chinese woman who works in this borough.” There are more examples of this–mostly told to Politicker off-the-record–but previously, Ms. Marshall was caught unaware of Comptroller John Liu‘s mayoral campaign.