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Attention NYT: This Is What Journalism Looks Like

Today’s New York Daily News contains a troubling exposé of the way a Queens political administrator has leveraged his political influence to earn eyebrow-raising payouts from the local courts. A taste:

For 30 years, the same three men have effectively controlled one of the largest Democratic organizations in America.

They are Gerard Sweeney, Michael Reich and Frank Bolz, the powerful attorneys who serve Rep. Joe Crowley, the chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party. […]

Sweeney wears no official hat within the party infrastructure. But Queens insiders say he is arguably its most important strategist, helping guide the party’s political machinations on the homefront as it jousts for influence in City Hall and Albany.

He is also the one who gets to be very rich.

It’s worth noting here that one of biggest scandals in American journalism is the longtime failure of the New York Times to cover the corrupt nature of city politics in New York. The readers of the NYT don’t know very much about political power in America’s largest city because the Times is too grand for such base concerns—and because, frankly, Democratic politicians are often subjected to less scrutiny by the mainstream media. If the NYT had been doing its job, very little in this Daily News piece would be news to New Yorkers.

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  • D4x

    Manhattan Institute’s City Journal does a fine job of exposing corruption in NY, but no one seems to pay attention. The NYT only pays attention to the four outer boroughs when it is safe for the food critics to condescend.

  • Anthony

    “The institutions of American government and society – including the expectations of the American people themselves for integrity in government – continue to show themselves weaker than most would have dared fear before 2016. We’re not anywhere near the end of this story….” (David Frum)

    • Boritz

      Outcomes in 2016 were a reflection of many people holding those fears well prior to that year. David Frum was asleep.

      • Anthony

        He may be asleep but his quote remains salient (and if you quibble with his proposition, read essay in Atlantic and write a comment).

      • Calisse Tabarnac

        Frum was — and remains — part of the problem, not part of the solution. Do you want to see his picture? Look up RINO in the dictionary.

  • ——————————

    “It’s worth noting here that one of biggest scandals in American journalism is the longtime failure of the New York Times to cover the corrupt nature of city politics in New York.”

    The biggest scandal in American journalism is American journalism….

  • WigWag

    By the way, Congressman Crowley is the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus which is the fourth-highest ranking position in the House Democratic Leadership. He also happens to be Professor Mead’s Congressman. Crowley represents the district once represented by the late Geraldine Ferraro. By all accounts he is honest and hardworking, but the Queens Democratic machine is little more than a corrupt, old boys network.

  • MohammedTheTeddyBear

    The NYT is utterly dedicated to the proposition that:

    “(T)his nation, under God the DNC, shall have a new birth of freedomgovernment control—and that government of the peoplevoter-slaves, by the peopleDemocrats, with the NYT covering up for the peopleDemocrats, shall not perish from the earth.”

    • LarryD

      The media, lead by the NYT, are Democratic operatives with bylines.
      Accordingly, any new that reflects badly on Democrats must be covered (smothered) until it stops moving.

  • Andrew Allison

    Hello? Since when as the corruption of big city Democratic machines been news?

    • ljgude

      For quite a while. My great, great grandfather came down with a fatal case of pneumonia as a result of knocking on doors for Boss Tweed in the rain. 😉

      • Andrew Allison

        Off topic, but I’ve just seen a report, the link to which I’ve unfortunately lost, showing that only 24% of Aussies think that the healthcare system works well (vs 29% in the USA). Any idea as to why?

  • PierrePendre

    A few years ago, The Times did cover the scam at the New York Light Railway whereby almost everyone was pensioned early on a disability that didn’t affect their golf game. Sometimes, they made more on pension than they had on salary. I don’t know if the exposé changed anything. If not, maybe the Times became discouraged. It was easier to go after Republicans like Christie, at least on transport matters.

    • But Christie was and is worth going after on his demerits.

  • Less scrutiny than whom?

  • DiogenesDespairs

    Times Square Prostitute
    Still Claims Virginity

  • Reginald Pettifogger

    Who said Tammany Hall was dead.
    If the NYT covered City politics the way it attacks the GOP in DC (and elsewhere) heads would explode like an IRA bombing campaign in the penthouses of Central Park West.

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