Opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn have never held back in criticizing the media’s coverage—or what they say is a lack thereof—of the more than $4 billion planned development. Now, as Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn points out to us, the issue has apparently piqued the interest of a TV mini-series that examines flaws of mainstream print and broadcast outlets.
The IFC Media Project, made up of producers who worked on Michael Moore films, will air an episode that devotes 10 minutes to Atlantic Yards, according to the series’ Web site.
The film’s take on print journalism’s Atlantic Yards coverage seems less than laudatory:
“New York has three major daily papers all competing for readers, advertisers and power. This should lead to great coverage of major stories – but in the case of one story at least, it hasn’t. Atlantic Yards is one of the biggest real estate developments in the city’s history, yet the three papers have barely scratched the surface. In this piece we examine how government collusion with the developer and the developer’s business ties to the paper have resulted in a half-told story that’s failed to serve the public interest.”
The episode airs Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. on IFC. Check out a review of the series here.