Mayor Bloomberg is obsessed with data, and now that data is showing a city administration in a slump, Sam Roberts reports.
After David Weprin pulled out of a debate last night, a local paper ran the headline–“Weprin to Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale & Ridgewood — DROP DEAD.”
Weprin read law books aloud to his Hofstra law school classmate David Paterson when both were students there to help the partially-blind future governor navigate his way through school.
Bloomberg is set to testify in the upcoming Haggerty trial.
No one in News Corp.’s New York headquarters knew quite what to do when the pie landed on Rupert Murdoch.
“The newsroom stopped,” said one person inside the Wall Street Journal offices at the time, where the hearing was being broadcast on the televisions in the bullpen.
Outside, two NYPD cars were parked directly opposite of the building’s main entrance on Avenue of the Americas, while a CNN reporter filmed a report with Mr. Murdoch’s flagship building in the background. Inside, Mr. Murdoch’s operations tried to carry on: Fox News ran the London hearing live, and the Journal reporters—upon recovering—prepared a front-page story for the next morning.
But the pie-stained moment—which included Mr. Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, slapping the assailant, and his son, James, complaining to the police—was, in many ways, tailor-made for Mr. Murdoch’s favorite local outlet, the tabloid he had twice bought and most closely resembles the embodiment of his life’s work: Turning dry dispassionate reports of government bodies into dramatic, personal narratives of powerful men and business elites behaving badly. And yet, if any Murdoch news outlet had something resembling an emotional desire to protect the 80-year-old Australian on what he called the “most humble” day of his life, it was the New York Post, the money-losing property that has long felt like a physical extension of its doting owner. The Post ran the story on page 35.
The influence of Rupert Murdoch wasn’t just felt in Republican circles.
Campaign finance reports released today reveal that News Corp. donated to New York’s highest ranking Democratic office holders as well, sending $2,000 to Governor Andrew Cuomo and $1,000 to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
2012: Little-known Obama donors in NYC include Abake Assongba of Brooklyn, Robert Donovan of Jackson Heights. [Ben Smith / Twitter]
NY-9: Turner speaks. [Errol Louis / NY1]
Fracking: An audio explanation. [This American Life]
Pension Reform: Cuomo may be stockpiling for a fight. [David King / Gotham Gazette]
Hitting Liu: Deputy Mayor Steel hits Liu for underperforming; 20% for NYC compared to 30% for S&P. [David Seifman / NY Post]
Hitting Liu: Steel doubts Liu report on pension costs going down. “I find this logic unconvincing.” [Erin Einhorn / Daily News]
Media: News Corp donated $115,000 to campaigns. [Julie Smyth / Forbes]
Long Island Congressman Peter King is out with a letter to FBI director Robert Mueller calling on him to open an investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, after word broke today that the shuttered tabloid News of the World hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims.
In an interview, King said that he was moved to act due to the casualties his district suffered in the attacks and the coming 10th anniversary.
“It’s pretty basic,” he said. “I had over 150 people in my district killed on September 11. There have been reports of hacking into the phones of victims and victims’ families. That would be terrible in any situation, but with the 10th anniversary coming up, I’m asking the FBI to begin an investigation.”
After the New York Post reported today that Queens Congressman Joe Crowley makes his home in a D.C. suburb, Crowley went on the offensive this morning, questioning the paper’s credibility in light of the tabloid scandal roiling English politics.
“I’m happy with my own personal life,” he said. “And by the way, it’s the New York Post. And we know what’s happening in England. I’m not surprised it’s happening here as well.”