Though the new mayor has already proven he can be evasive and testy with the city’s press corps, Bill de Blasio today waxed poetic about his love for journalists and the media at large. Read More
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. Read More
Martha Raddatz, a ABC senior foreign correspondent who’s moderating tomorrow’s vice presidential debate, came under fire from conservatives today after the Daily Caller revealed President Barack Obama attended her 1991 wedding to her ex-husband, Julius Genachowski, a former classmate and Harvard Law Review colleague of Mr. Obama’s who the president tapped to head the Federal Communications Commission in 2009. However, her current husband, Tom Gjelten, also has a rather interesting connection to the presidential candidates–he’s a correspondent for National Public Radio, an organization Mitt Romney has infamously and repeatedly vowed to strip of its federal funding. Read More
With a few days to go before Election Day in 2010, State Senator Eric Schneiderman was locked in a tight Democratic primary for attorney general. So his campaign released a television ad as rudimentary as any broadcast that political season, featuring a number of prominent politicians—City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, West Side Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer—carrying a folded copy of The New York Times, while reading from its endorsement of his candidacy. The paper’s masthead floated at the bottom of the screen.
That campaign, like most Democratic primaries in New York City and State, had been staked on getting the paper’s backing, and a few days after he got it, Mr. Schneiderman eked out a 2-point victory over Nassau County district attorney Kathleen Rice, even though Ms. Rice was tacitly backed by Andrew Cuomo and much of the Democratic Party establishment.
“Eric Schneiderman became the attorney general because of that endorsement. Period,” said one political operative involved in the campaign. Read More
On John Gambling’s radio show this morning, Mayor Bloomberg once again addressed the controversy over press access at the NYPD’s raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park last month. Multiple reporters were arrested while attempting to cover the evictions and there were widespread reports of credentialed members of the media being prevented from viewing the raid. “We didn’t keep anybody from reporting, they just had to stand to the side while the police did their job,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “Police have to protect people.” Read More