For the past few weeks, longshot “Occupy” Senate candidate Scott Noren has been at war with the state politics blog and TV show Capital Tonight with angry ads on Albany politics sites and supposedly plans to fly a plane over the capitol. Today, Mr. Noren published a series of emails he claims inspired the feud. Mr. Noren became enraged with Capital Tonight host Liz Benjamin, one of the pre-eminent reporters on the Albany beat, after receiving what he described as a “less than professional” response from her following “several attempts to get media coverage on Capital Tonight.”
“You have come across as the most arrogant local newscaster I have ever encountered,” Mr. Noren wrote in the missive he released today.
New Media vs Old Media
Journalists on the NY1′s Reporter’s Roundtable Friday had some objections to the way State Senator Carl Kruger was covered by the New York Post which said on their front page that the lawmaker was not only accused of corruption, but “gay” and ”closeted” too. The person who allegedly helped Kruger pocket the kick-back money is Read More
Liz Benjamin’s departure from the Daily News, long talked about, is now official. She’ll anchor a nightly news show about politics, and, of course, blog.
It’s unclear who will take over the Daily News blog. (My nomination? Former Politicker scribe Jimmy Vielkind!)
The best part of Benjamin becoming a television anchor, Read More
The prolific political blogger Liz Benjamin is leaving The Daily News, Ben Smith reports. She will be hosting the show Capitol Tonight on Time Warner Cable (a show that isn’t aired in the city). She’ll be writing a blog there as well, and she’ll apparently appear on NY1 as well.
It’s a Read More
ALBANY—The LCA Press Room on the Capitol's third floor is filled now with movers and telecomm technicians as some of the news organizations here shuffle around.
The Daily News is moving out of the small, open-topped cube in the center of the press room that it has occupied since (best as anyone can remember) the Read More
ALBANY—Justice Thomas McNamara has punted again.
He huddled behind closed doors with lawyers representing both sides in the State Senate leadership dispute, before announcing in court that he was, for the fourth time, giving both sides more time to negotiate.
"During the course of that conference several issues were discussed, and Read More
The New York Post: Gloria Vanderbilt is 85 years old, and she has written an erotic novel that is giving Post columnist Andrea Peyser the vapors. “Gloria is a dirty old lady,” the display reads over a picture of Ms. Vanderbilt from her glory days as a designer. That it’s a Ms. Peyser affair inside Read More
A legislative aide briefed on today’s meeting of Assembly Democrats said that the “consensus is not to do one of the three” comptroller candidates recommended by the Eliot Spitzer-backed independent screening panel. What the conference should do instead remains unclear, the aide said.
Liz Benjamin, whose turf I’m gingerly tiptoeing on right now, Read More
Now that the independent screening panel is winnowing down the list of comptroller candidates, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is signaling just how important that recommendation really is.
From the Buffalo News:
“They can give me whatever they want,” Silver said of the three-member panel. “We don’t have to listen to them, either.”
Asked Read More