Race to Gracie Mansion 2013
So there’s this thing. It’s called a mayoral’s race. Heard of it? Any idea who’s running? If you can name a single candidate, you’re an outlier—55 percent of the New Yorkers we asked couldn’t. That’s one of the take-home messages from our Race to Gracie Mansion 2013 street polling project: very low awareness of the upcoming election. Only one candidate approaches broad name recognition, and it’s not for his policy smarts. Browse the full results here, and tell us who you plan to support.
“It’s good to be home,” LL Cool J told a room full of bloggers on Tuesday night. He was hosting a Father’s Day event along with Bing, the Microsoft-powered search engine that hopes to give Google a run for their money. (The Observer took the Bing Challenge, and shockingly, Bing won).
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New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan takes on the tricky issue of Anthony Weiner coverage on her blog today. Although the disgraced former congressman’s mayoral campaign kicked off with a soft, April 14 cover story in Times Magazine, Ms. Sullivan, reflecting, found the Times‘ coverage has gotten stiffer as the campaign roll-out progressed.
Gone Weiner Gone
The Observer had a disappointment today when heading down to check out the media circus surrounding Anthony Weiner, and found, well, not much going on.
The upmarket building where the new mayoral candidate lives was much more deserted than expected, without a single reporter left from the past few day’s worth of broadcasting madness. Mr. Weiner, of course, suddenly announced his Gracie Mansion ambitions just Wednesday.
This morning, The New York Post gave the news that Anthony Weiner is contemplating a political comeback a pun-filled cover treatment.
Meanwhile, the Daily News devoted its front page to their ongoing coverage (some may call advocacy) of the gun control debate.
On a day when every tabloids’ favorite congressman is back in the spotlight, the Daily News‘s front page seems an odd choice. In a two-tabloid town, how, we wondered, has this impacted sales of the News?
In a highly unscientific survey, we canvassed 15 newsstands in the vicinity of the Observer‘s midtown office. Of the vendors we talked to, eight said that The Post outsells the News, two said that News sells better and the remaining five said that they were neck-and-neck.
Anthony Weiner is signaling that his exile is over, his penance performed. He seems on the verge of entering the Democratic Party’s crowded field of mayoral candidates, a development that would shake up an already unsettled race. If he does, he will bring with him not only the memories of his famous humiliation, but a campaign treasury of more than $4 million. That would make him well-endowed, indeed, but we already knew that.
The New York Post pulled a story offline after New York Mag called them out on the erroneous report that one-time congressman Anthony Weiner got a new job.
“Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has landed a job after being unemployed for 18 months, his first gig since resigning amid a Twitter sexting scandal,” the Post story said, claiming that Mr. Weiner got a part-time gig consulting for Madison Avenue brokerage firm Concept Capital Markets.
Though Anthony Weiner is no longer advocating to place a naked man in the “free stuff” section of Craiglist, the city has plotted its own scheme for relocating the unclothed, kind of sexist statue.
Of all the pieces to be yielded by Andrew Breitbart’s death, this one is handily the strangest: A report from Daily Mail columnist Toby Harnden that the controversial conservative pundit was working on a CNN show with Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman ousted by a sexting scandal last year.
“You will surely make noise when I take you deep,” texted Representative Anthony Weiner, the great BlackBerry lover, to his virtual inamorata, Lisa Weiss, the famous dissident, aviatrix and Vegas blackjack dealer.
“Yes I will,” she texted back. “I will be sore for days.”
This past year took the world deep, and the world made noise, but unlike Ms. Weiss, it had, in its soreness, no luxury of bed rest.