Ben Smith and Fred Dicker on whether Cuomo’s press-sensitivity matters

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Ben Smith called into Fred Dicker's radio show this morning to talk about the 35-page report he obtained which showed one of Cuomo's spokesmen criticizing several blog items written by a prominent Albany journalist, Liz Benjamin.

Smith tweaked Dicker about his commentary on the story, which had largely comported with what Cuomo's press office said about it; namely, that the get was dubious and didn't reveal much anyway.

But the exchange, transcribed by City and State, was polite and upbeat. Dicker said there was no news value in something as pedestrian as spokespeople complaining about coverage. Smith said it revealed a rarely seen side of Cuomo's sensitivity to perceived criticism.

Smith noted the pick-up the story received.

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"I was actually kind of surprised the Times picked it up, but obviously pleased," Smith said. It "kind of suggested to me that there's a kind of a level of interest up where you are about the relationship between Cuomo and the press."

Last May, when the Times promoted Carolyn Ryan to editor of the Metro Section, I asked her how much of an appetite the paper had for front-page stories about Cuomo and Bloomberg.

"[T]he Times views both Bloomberg and Cuomo as figures of national significance and interest, and any stories that can offer something fresh and insightful or surprising about either man would have page-one potential," she said.

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2013

Stringer takes a shot at New Jersey governor Chris Christie over his opposition to the commuter tax. [@ScottmStringer]

Christie dutifully engaged: "We won't let u or NY stick it 2 NJ". [@GovChristie]

And on and on it went. [Twitter]

NY-06

Lancman proposed a bill to block Bloomberg from taking over from the city comptroller the right to set prevailing wages for nearly 10,000 public workers. Politically, the move will help shore up Lancman's popularity among labor unions. [Celeste Katz]

NY-13

Congressman Espaillat is an inevitability, said Paterson. The question is when. [Colin Campbell]

NY-19

Alec Baldwin likes Chris Gibson, even though he's a Republican. [Jimmy Vielkind]

Cuomo

"The governor was in Albany Tuesday, but did not address the pro-choice group. He did sent a deputy secretary…" [Karen DeWitt]

Gillibrand

Wendy Long supporters said Gillibrand sent a tracker to their event, then called it a dirty trick. [Nick Reisman]

Comparisons to Bin Laden

The Conservative chairman from Monroe compares the unpopularity of Jim Alessi, a Republican State Senator who voted for same-sex marriage, to a slain terrorist. [Liz Benjamin]

Obama's Detail

"We work for Obama" and "we're here to protect him," eleven members of Obama's advance team reportedly said while partying at a brothel in Columbia. [Reena Ninan, Christine Romo and Mary Bruce]

NYPD Surveillance

Matt Apuzzo said the AP never set out to do a series on the NYPD, or to win a Pulitzer. [Democracy Now]

Guns

Bloomberg's fight against the N.R.A. is cheered. [New York Gritty]

Bloomberg ally Rahm Emanuel will come under fire this summer. The executive director of Gun Owners of America plans to "lay the groundwork for Chicagoans to reclaim their 2nd Amendment rights." [Twitter]

Education

Thompson, de Blasio and Stringer vary slightly on the kind of mayoral control they'd like to see. [Philissa Cramer]

Recommendations for improving city schools include having teachers from failing schools talk to teachers in successful schools. [EdVoxNY]

Media

Ben Smith and Fred Dicker debate the news value of the Liz Benjamin dossier. [Laura Nahmias]

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Among the members of Congress Alec Baldwin visited in Washington today was Rep. Jose Serrano of the Bronx. [Facebook]