The New York Times Is Not Listening to David Casavis

How badly does the Republican candidate for Manhattan borough president want to get his photograph and Twitter feed onto the

How badly does the Republican candidate for Manhattan borough president want to get his photograph and Twitter feed onto the New York Times web site? He said he’s gone as far as making a personal trip to the New York Times building in Times Square, but was turned away by a security guard there.

The candidate, David Casavis, said he went to the building after repeated failed attempts via phone and email to get his photograph and Twitter account linked from the Times page for local politics, where other candidates, like his opponent, are featured.

“I went down there last week to complain in person, and the security guard stopped me and said,‘you are beating a dead horse,” Casavis wrote in an email to another Republican from whom he sought help. The email was forwarded to me and Casavis later confirmed he wrote it.

Casavis said his exclusion from the newspaper’s web site “is proof that the Times is biased.”

Casavis is unknown and unfinanced, and is facing a shoo-in incumbent, Scott Stringer. Casavis said he wants the incoming state Republican chairman to intervene on his behalf. Or maybe someone bigger.

“Fox News and the like will eat that up,” Casavis wrote in one email.

I emailed the Times’ press person and haven’t heard back yet.

Casavis’ emails to another Republican seeking help are below.

From: David Casavis

Date: September 23, 2009 4:57:01 PM EDT

To: Ashok Chandra

Subject: YES!!!

Ashok,

I have a twitter.

I have a picture!

For two weeks I have been trying to get it to the Times.

They won’t do it!

I didn’t call today,

but I have called every day…

What do I do?

Is there any pressure I can apply.

Heck!

I went down there last week to complain in person,

and the security guard stopped me and said,
“you are beating a dead horse.”

Yours truly,

David

From: David Casavis

Date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Subject: Here’s the thought

To: Ashok Chandra

Ashok,

Greetings from Columbia.

I find the keyboard and Apple a little awkward, so this will take a little doing.

OK.

Now there’s a box for me without my picture on the site.

There is no twitter feed either.

No this is below fairness.

Fair would be demanding a box for me where there is none.

I’ve been trying to give my picture to the Times to fill the box provided.

I’d also like them to give me the same Twitter that my opponent has.

(No one has subscribed to my tweets)

I contacted Ed Cox’s secretary and Jason about this.

They should call the editor of the times,
saying that I’ve been after this for over two weeks.

I emailed people at the times who have acknowledged receipt.

So I need muscle.

Now here’s the idea.

I may need an attorney.

Why not get some news as someone who wants fairplay.

Fox news and the like will eat that up.
It is proof that the Times is bias,
it is a nice little story.

Young attorney takes on the Times.

They’d capitulate, of course.

I’d get some attention.

And you’d get a good story…

To say nothing of both NY County and you cooperating.

Working together could build bridges – and Neil could join in too.

A real step toward republican unity here in Manhattan…

Yours truly,

David

From: David Casavis
Date: September 23, 2009 4:57:01 PM EDT

To: Ashok Chandra

The New York Times Is Not Listening to David Casavis