New York Times Denies Public Advocate Played Role in Dasani Story

Public Advocate Letitia James and Dasani Coates. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Public Advocate Letitia James and Dasani Coates. (Photo: William Alatriste)

An editor at The New York Times is denying newly-elected Public Advocate Tish James’s apparent claim that she played a role in the paper’s blockbuster feature on Dasani Coates, an 11-year-old homeless girl in Brooklyn. 

Last night just hours after taking the oath of office with Ms. Coates holding the bible, Ms. James went on Road to City Hall where she laid out her vision for the next four years and discussed having “a little bit of something to do” with the original story.

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‘I Don’t Work for Bloomberg’: Bloomberg on Bloomberg News Censoring Allegations

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not happy about a The New York Times report presenting allegations that Bloomberg News self-censored its own reports on the Chinese political establishment in order to avoid angering the ruling class.

Asked about the report at an unrelated press conference earlier today, Mr. Bloomberg slammed any insinuation that his media company self-censors. Continue reading “‘I Don’t Work for Bloomberg’: Bloomberg on Bloomberg News Censoring Allegations”

Latest Poll Conflicts With Others and Shows Spitzer Still Ahead

Eliot Spitzer Collects Signatures For NYC Comptroller Run
Eliot Spitzer. (Photo: Getty)

A day after two polls came out showing ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s once-commanding lead in the comptroller’s race had vanished, another new poll tells quite a different story.

A New York Times poll released today found that Mr. Spitzer is still leading his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 50 to 35 percent among likely voters–a far cry from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, showing them tied, and another, from amNewYork and News 12 Long Island, showing them locked in a dead heat less than two weeks before the September 10 Democratic primary.

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New Quinn Ad Touts Newspaper Endorsement Triple Play

A scene from the ad.
A scene from the ad.

That was fast.

Less than half a day after copies of The New York Post shipped out across the city with its reluctant endorsement of her mayoral campaign on the cover, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is out with a new ad touting her support from the city’s three big daily papers.

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Emotional Quinn Doubles Down on ‘Children’ Remark Despite Misquote [Updated]

Christine Quinn addressing the remarks at a press conference this afternoon.
Christine Quinn addressing the remarks at a press conference this afternoon.

This afternoon, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered a heartfelt rebuttal to comments made by Chirlane McCray–the wife of Ms. Quinn’s opponent, Bill de Blasio–despite an admission by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Ms. McCray had been misquoted.

“I agree with Maureen that the sentiment is the same and that sentiment, to me, is really saddening and troubling,” said Ms. Quinn at the end of an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I don’t understand why Ms. McCray or why the public advocate sitting next to her would allow statements to be made that clearly indicate that somehow I am not able to listen to women, listen to families, serve women and families who do not have children.”

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Christine Quinn Slams Bill de Blasio for Wife’s ‘Children’ Comment [Updated]

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)

With only three weeks left until primary day, the mayor’s race has just hit a new fevered pitch.

Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, criticizing her husband’s rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, calling her “not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave.” (Update: the de Blasio campaign  said she was misquoted, see below for details.)

The remark, which comes as the contest becomes increasingly nasty, prompted a furious statement from the Quinn campaign criticizing Mr. de Blasio for discriminating against childless families.

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Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson Go to War

Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)

Bam! Pow! Smash!

Mayoral rivals Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson are officially going at it, trading blows at an increasingly furious pace as Primary Day–just over a month away–quickly approaches.

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