The Dicker Question
September 28th, 2011
The New York Post’s Fred Dicker was not (at least as far any any of us could tell) at the New School last night for the discussion on Cuomo and the Media. But his ears must have been burning anyway.
To the four journalists on the panel it was clear that in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the press, there’s Fred Dicker and then there’s the rest of us ink-stained wretches. (For more on that relationship, see Cuomo Cultivates His Media Messenger.)
Cuomo, said the New York Times‘ Nick Confessore “almost never goes on the record in a free setting” — except in his regular appearances “on a radio show with a few listeners in Albany.”
This really seemed to stick in the craw of Wayne Barrett, formerly of the Village Voice and now with the Nation Institute, who does not even cover Cuomo any more. Barrett said he could not think of anything Cuomo had done that Dicker would disagree with that. (Some of his fellow panelists took issue with that.)
“Pandering to the New York Post is not any better than pandering to the public employee unions,” Barrett said.
But as Barrett pushed for others on the panel to get the kind of access Dicker has, none them seemed eager to take up the cause .”I donít think its unusual for an elected official to have preferred people that they speak to,” Liz Benjamin of State of Politics said.
Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio said she had had an interview – one apparently as opposed to Dicker’s almost one a week — and seemingly dismissed the disparity. “There were a lot of radio interview I the last few days,” she said.
” I have no idea why people who are the victims of this are not with me on this,” Barrett said of the panelists. “You’re sending the message you have to be Freddy to get access.”By Gail Robinson on September 28, 2011, 6:47 pm
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