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Local Media’s Handling of Kettle Black Scandal Highlights Greater Concerns

January 30, 2011

The strength of the American press has always been in its ability to inform the citizenry of newsworthy information while simultaneously impacting public discourse.

But occasionally we have reason to question whether this strength does in fact exist or has atrophied beyond recognition.

We see that with the Kettle Black scandal that arose last year and that the media has all but ignored in the recent months.

Various readers keep asking us for updates and expressing concerns regarding the story, which first made headlines last April.

But there is only so much those in the blogosphere can do with the resources we have.

It led the writers of this blog to ask why the media has been so silent on a major local event involving the family and relatives of a well-known state Senator like Marty Golden?

Should a cloud of conspiracy and mystery hang over this story or should the media perform a public service and get to the bottom of these events that have affected the lives of potentially innocent young men?

After all, what’s at stake here is not just one politician or one incident of bar fighting.

The media in Brooklyn and the city at large have a responsibility to report the news and not leave stories to be deciphered by the imperfect rumor mill the Internet and other sources can sometimes engender. Not merely to pick up a story and drop it like a piece of rubbish.

Indeed, the media of our city have a proud history of promoting local change and providing excellent coverage of events. One notable example: without The New York Times, Boss Tweed and his Tammany Hall ring of crookery would never have been brought to justice.

It is because of events such as these that people first looked up to and respected reporters and writers. And with figures such as Vito Lopez and Pedro Espada today, the emphasis on exposing corruption must be even higher, as our state is permeated with what sometimes amounts to criminality in government.

But the Kettle Black is merely one small, local incident (with potentially large political intrigue–Charles Hynes, Martin Golden, etc–or none at all) that highlights why readers are sometimes frustrated with the way the press operates and delivers the news.

In order for government to change and problems to be solved, the media will need to emphasize the traditions that made them great: investigative reporting, muckraking and the fierce will to inform readers of the truth.

Reform movements have always depended on a strong media, and we hope the media in Brooklyn and New York City are prepared to continue exploring and reporting on the issues so essential to advancing positive political change.

  1. January 30, 2011 10:35 pm

    The sin of omission by the press is not news…

    Press Misses Shift Away from Abortion
    By Ed Wilkinson
    Published: 01/29/2011

    For 38 years, pro-life advocates who oppose abortion have been traveling to Washington, D.C., every January to observe the bloody Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that led to legalized abortion in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands show up each year to celebrate life and remember the lives lost to abortion. Yet, very little attention is paid to the March for Life by the secular media.
    Check out New York’s daily newspapers on Jan. 25, the day following the rally. The New York Daily News ignored the event. Likewise, The New York Post had no coverage. Only the ultra liberal New York Times mentioned it, with two photos across the top of Page A12.
    The Daily News’ front page featured photos of four prostitutes who were murdered and dumped on a Long Island beach. The Post went with a weather story about a car frozen in ice.
    Then, I checked the websites. Again, the News and the Post had nothing. But the Times put up a photo gallery that featured eight beautiful shots from the rally for life in the nation’s capital.
    For years, the coverage of this event has pretty much been the same. Very little to none, while stalwart opponents of abortion stay the course and continue the battle……

  2. Leo permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:55 pm

    I think we all know The Spectator and The Home Reporter have been GOP house organs since the dawn of time. Jerry Kassar and Rich Lowry are apparently the voices of Bay Ridge. Those rags are a joke. Let’s hope under new management The Schneps and Kenneth Brown will turn the house organs into legitimate newspapers who report on ALL local happenings irregardless of the political party. The Kettle Black incident was a real shame. The Spectator and Home Reporter laying off that story was a real embarrassment.

  3. "The Jig is Up Atlas" January 30-January 31, 2011 permalink
    January 30, 2011 11:59 pm

    “AAA”: OMG
    “Judas Judge”: What to do?
    “TheJigIsUpAtlas”: What to say?

  4. Georgea permalink
    January 31, 2011 9:49 am

    I hear Clorinda, Eaton and Phyllis are so upset by this Karen thing they are uniting against Craig. Georgea also just went on a verbal tirade against Craig for this at the GOP HQ with ray riley. It looks like political stupidity is costing him big time.

    • Lies and More Lies permalink
      January 31, 2011 10:24 am

      You see, you can never believe what is posted here – this is just one example of the lies that posters post on the site. You see, I have been told by a good source that Georgea and Ray no longer work out of the GOP HQ and havent been there since Golden’s victory. How could they have a tirade when they are not even there. This is just more lies. It appears many people are posting against Karen, trying to convince the County not to hire her – only shows that they are afraid of her and what work she can do to make the County stronger. Everyone reading this blog should see the lies that are propounded and then you can see what they are trying to do.

      Be very weary of what you read here.

  5. Georgea permalink
    January 31, 2011 11:47 am

    You see, you can believe what is posted here – this is just one example of the truth that posters post on the site. You see, I have been told by a good source that Georgea and Ray still go to GOP HQ even after Golden’s victory- including at the most recent GOP Executive Committee meeting. So you see the tirade did occur since they are there.

  6. susan permalink
    January 31, 2011 12:56 pm

    Craig- leave now

  7. simon permalink
    January 31, 2011 1:34 pm

    The only thing I’ve seen simon shamoun do as district leader is lead the charge for his friend mike allegretti- and we see how well that political decision worked out

    • Eyes in the Skies permalink
      January 31, 2011 1:38 pm

      why are the democrats so interested in the republican party
      in brooklyn? can you tell us JLB?

  8. After more than 48 Hours off-line, cases against Kettle Black defendants reappear permalink
    January 31, 2011 11:40 pm

    The cases against several of State Senator Golden’s relatives reappeared on the public access data base. The cases are next scheduled for March 15, 2011.

  9. The non-coverage of the Goldengate-Kettle Black scandal --- It's Not Just THE PRESS permalink
    February 1, 2011 7:33 am

    It’s now obvious that the attempt to render “non-story
    status” to State Senator Golden’s involvement in the scandal
    emanating from the brawl at the Kettle Black in April 2010, has
    been a long-term concerted effort. It includes: Golden himself;
    Golden’s closest advisors; Golden’s staff; Golden’s operators in
    the community and in the media; the Brooklyn GOP leadership; and
    the operators of the Brooklyn GOP media outlets, especially
    including “The Jig is Up Atlas”. For example on the newspaper front
    in 2010, Gersh Kuntzman, a significant editor of several Brooklyn
    papers, told his Brooklyn-beat political reporter Tom Tracy not to
    do any more reporting on the Golden-Kettle Black story “…until
    something changes.” The only question about that is whether that
    was part-of or just played into the hands of the “Golden’s
    non-story strategy”. It should be noted that at least one of
    Golden’s “paid consultants” is a friend of GK and is often used as
    a source by TT.

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