Thursday, June 30, 2011
NYT and Other All the News That Fix to Slant to the Mayor; Vito Lopez Gets Council$$$ Violates Law; Nobody Pay for Deutsche Bank Fire; A Weiner Spit?
Today's reporters have a value system that allows them to write public relations stories of a mayor trying to avoid blame in what the U.S. Attorney from the Southern District Preet Bharara has called the largest municipal scandal in history and still consider themselves journalists. This is not the journalism that John Peter Zenger practised in 1735 when he was jailed by the British for publishing newspaper stories that exposed corruption in the kings administration. As a kid we used to joke about government propaganda published by the Soviet Union news organizations like Provida. Who knew that in 2011 in New York the culture of journalist would sink so low to limit coverage to the governments line. Thomas Jefferson understood the damage being done to us when he said, "An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will." No other story points out have far in value journalism has sunk today than coverage of the CityTime scandal.
How the NYT Covered the Mayors Request for a Refund by CityTime
In an article by David Chen it what he left out that tells the real storyBloomberg Seeks $600 Million Refund From CityTime Company(NYT). While Chen included the mayor spin line “Certainly nobody paid as much attention to it as they should have, from me on down.” He left out why the administration and DOI despite being warned several times failed to or cover up the corruption at CityTime. Chen did now write about the former head of the city's Office of Payroll Richard Valcich letter that blew the whistle on CityTime corruption in 2003. Or how the Daily News' Juan Gonzalez published a report how several whistleblowers who when to DOI in 2008 to report corruption in the CityTime contract were ignored. Questions the NYT could have ask was why former Comptroller Thompson never audited CityTime when it was his responsibility? Why A woman who worked for DOI was removed from the CityTime contract a few months ago and give a job a corrections? Was DOI Covering Up Corruption in CityTime?
How the WSJ Covered the Mayors Request for a Refund by CityTime
The WSJ which is supposed to be in a newspaper war with the NYT covered the CityTime scandal the exact same way. Report Michael Howard Saul wrote the mayor spin and none of the background what caused this corruption to happen over a decade. Saul wrote "Certainly nobody paid as much attention to it as they should have, from me on down," Mr. Bloomberg said on Monday. "I think it's fair to say we could have and should have watched it more carefully." Saul even added how the mayor was limiting damage by demanding the money back. "If the mayor recoups a large sum of money, it could blunt some of the political damage Mr. Bloomberg sustained for failing to detect what prosecutors have called one of the largest frauds in city history." Nothing about Valcich 2003 letter, whistleblowersgoing to DOI years ago or of the possible cover up by the administration. 32 days ago the mayor said CityTime did a good job.Mayor Demands SAIC Repay City(WSJ) * Budget: Gap closed this year is same size as money Bloomberg wants back from CityTime contractor. [Bob Hennelly / WNYC]
DOI: Investigations are Political (True News)
Patronage Pig Vito Lopez Get Money From the Council Even As He Violates the Law