In his interview on the Brooklyn GOP Radio podcast this evening, NRA President David Keene was asked about the controversial articles on Gawker and in the Journal News that contained lists of gun owners. Mr. Keene blamed the stories on cultural differences that he said exist between “elite media” and the rest of American society.
“The whole battle over the Second Amendment has little to do with crime or any of these things” Mr. Keene said. “It has to do with culture and the view that different people have about what kind of a country this ought to be.”
Mr. Keene explained that he believes the media has adopted an anti-gun perspective because liberal reporters see gun ownership as antithetical to their values.
Sex scandals sometimes seem like the common cold of New York politics, and another possible one may have emerged last night when Gawker published photos of highly-touted congressional candidate Matt Doheny sitting awfully friendly with a female companion and possibly kissing her.
Mr. Doheny, who’s running against North Country Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, forcefully rejected the claims. In a statement released by the campaign, Mr. Doheny’s fiancée said, “This is a very special time in our lives. I am deeply saddened at the state of journalism and politics that a so-called ‘news’ source would run a picture so out of context.”
Gays: What’s next for them, after marriage, Squadron asks at an August 16
18 forum in Manhattan Community College. [Ken Lovett / Daily News]
Fined: Markowitz hit with “unusually large” $20,000 fine for having Turkey and Netherlands pay for his wife to accompany him on trips there. [David Seimfan / NY Post]
Schools: New lawsuit demands charter schools pay market rate for space city gives them; currently rent is $1 annually. [Sharon Otterman / New York Times]
Law Suit: A rule written in response to Fred Dicker’s persistence will likely undermine the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms lawsuit. [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]
Courts: Lawsuit also questions Cuomo’s use of “Message of Necessity” when State Senate voted on same-sex marriage. [Thomas Kaplan / New York Times]
Lobbying: Pro-Cuomo business group spent $9.7 million on lobbying. [Nick Resisman / Capital Tonight]
Hiring: BerlinRosen hires, moves. [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]
Email Dive: Gawker goes to court digging for Chris Christie-Roger Ailes communication. [Brian Stelter / New York Times]
Media: “This is the first time Gawker Media has filed a lawsuit to obtain information.” [Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY]
Backpay: Former Paladino worker still wants his money. [Nick Reisman / Capital Tonight]