Hardt: Times Picking on Paterson

New York 1 News political director Bob Hardt raises a red flag on The New York Times coverage of David Paterson, saying they’re covering the governor in a way that’s not extended to others, like Michael Bloomberg. Or Andrew Cuomo.


“While it’s certainly not Hakim’s fault, the Times is focusing on Paterson’s management style in a way that it never quite has about the work schedule of Mayor Bloomberg or, say, Gov. Pataki in his third term. For example: The mayor routinely has no public schedule three days a week and it’s entirely unclear whether he’s in the five boroughs from Friday until Monday morning. (The Times highlights Paterson’s absence following a major plane crash but no one in the press corps ever wrote about Bloomberg’s slow response to the controversial Sean Bell shooting where he said nothing for more than a day and his whereabouts were never publicly revealed. Ditto for the massive blackout in Queens.) Bloomberg’s three-day absences are particularly striking to anyone who followed Mayor Giuliani – who routinely held public events over the weekends and rapidly responded in person to any crisis striking the city. Because of its far tougher standard with Paterson, The Times looks like it has an axe to grind against the governor. Meanwhile, Governor-in-waiting Andrew Cuomo refuses to tell the Times, NY1, or any other major media outlet how he’d run the state. It’s not a pretty situation.”

Peter Kauffmann, I think, would agree.:


UPDATE: Hardt emails to elaborate:

Sean Bell was fatally shot by police in the early morning of Nov. 25, 2006 – a Saturday. While City Hall officials still won’t say where the mayor was that weekend, they refer me to a Times story that notes: “…[Bloomberg] talked to prominent black elected officials and religious leaders throughout the weekend, and has spoken with Mr. Bell’s fiancee on the phone.” Bloomberg’s first public event surrounding the shooting occurred that Monday.–

–The blackout in Queens occurred on Monday, July 17th, 2006. The mayor was first asked about it by reporters during a heated news conference at Gracie Mansion on July 20th.  He then visited the neighborhood later that afternoon. The mayor’s physical whereabouts during the blackout that week were never in question; he was in New York City – just not in Queens.

–To be clear: the mayor typically has a radio show on Friday and a radio address on Sunday – so technically those are “public” events on his schedule. When I wrote “public schedule”, I meant a press conference-type event somewhere in the five boroughs – events that Giuliani typically held most weekends.

Hardt: Times Picking on Paterson