On the corrupting influence of the mayor’s party for people who cover the mayor

Michael Bloomberg and reporters. (Azi Paybarah )
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Writing in The Nation, Allison Kilkenny argues that "co-opted media" and "so-called journalists" are becoming "servants" to people like Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She pointed to the attendance of reporters at a holiday party hosted by the mayor at Gracie Mansion on Tuesday as a "microcosm" of this co-optation. 

Writing in Salon, Michael Tracey spoke to a number of people who attended the party, and quoted one describing (accurately) "the awkward reaction from people in the room" at times when Bloomberg joked about Occupy Wall Street. 

Full disclosure: I attended the party and received a gag gift from the mayor. It was a press pass with a spinning wheel to reflect the fact that I've changed jobs three times since 2010

I won't engage in a philosophical argument here, beyond saying that the attendees' coverage of the mayor ought to speak for itself in terms of whether they've succumbed to the corrupting influence of his fancy parties.

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So maybe Sally Goldenberg will think twice before breaking a story the next time a deputy mayor gets arrested and doesn't disclose it before he quit his job, and Michael Barbaro won't see fit to note that Bloomberg's plane is in Bermuda during right before a botched snow-removal effort and David Seifman will pull his punches next time he discovers a cover-up by one of the mayor's campaign aides to hide nearly $1 million of the mayor's money that was supposed to be spent on Election Day operations.

The aide has since been convicted and is on his way to jail.

Some links:

Donald Trump's debate continues to shrivel. [Jonathan Lemire]

Why weren't David Paterson's papers properly archived after he left the governor's office? [Times Union]

"We assume he was just kidding last month when he told a radio interviewer, 'I am the government.'" [New York Times]

"We're disappointed in this action by the governor, who has otherwise done such a splendid job." [Buffalo News]

The spat between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rep. Jerry Nadler "reflects how bitterly divided the public is over the Occupy Wall Street protests." [Ray Hernandez]

The Bloomberg-Nadler barbs hit the wire. [Associated Press]

Bloomberg's commencement speech at the University of North Carolina is protested by students unhappy with Bloomberg's treatment of Occupy demonstrators. [Michael Howard Saul]

Cuomo's tax cut puts pressure on New Jersey governor Chris Christie to lower taxes there. [Heather Haddon]

Cuomo threatened to campaign against anyone who voted against his tax bill. Some legislators call it "Spitzeresque." [Jimmy Vilekind]

Democratic City Councilman Vinny Gentile -- who is considering a congressional bid against Republican congressman Michael Grimm -- was fined nearly $27,000. [Andy Newman]

State tax officials seize a popular pizzeria in Brooklyn. [Mary]

Eighty percent of students at Williamburg's P.S. 19 "can't read or do math at grade level last year." [Jennifer Bain]

The New York City Council overrode a Bloomberg veto, and passed a bill requiring the mayor notify lawmakers when contracts go over budget. [Josh Margolin]

Council members returned to the renovated City Council chambers for the first time in over a year. [Kate Taylor]

Jurors in the Councilman Larry Seabrook trial remain deadlocked and say they need to return to their paying jobs. [Bruce Golding]

A conservative editorial page lists John Liu's recent troubles. [New York Post]

The Port Authority will post online "the names, salaries and overtime of 6,777 of its employees." [Doug Auer]

Despite skirmishes with reporters, Bloomberg and journalists schmoozed. [Michael Tracey]

A media party at Gracie Mansion served to illustrate an argument about the way that "so-called journalists become the servants of the one percent." [Allison Kilkenny]

A Daily News photographer snaps a picture of Bloomberg receiving as a gag gift a book called "Class Warfare." [Todd Maisel]

A blogger is surprised more photos from the party haven't gained traction in the press. [YoungManhattanite.tumblr]