A congressman with an ad budget calls a TV station’s shot

Briefing: Hanna. (AP via syracuse.com)
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In New York's 22nd congressional district, Republican congressman Richard Hanna declined to participate in a televised debate that was supposed to air tonight. His Democratic opponent, Dan Lamb, was going to be attending.

As one of the TV stations organizing the event told me via email, "We extended multiple invitations to the Hanna campaign ... all of which he turned down."

But internal emails accidentally forwarded to Lamb's campaign show that a second TV station that was supposed to participate in the event pulled out, for fear of angering Hanna.

"We are going to have to back out of this taping on Friday and deal with our relationship with Congressman Hanna on our own," wrote WUTR station manager Stephen Merren. "He (Hanna) indicated to me that we would not be considered for his ad dollars and our level of cooperation in the future could be affected."

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Six in ten Americans don't trust the media, and distrust runs particularly high among self-identified Republicans and independents, many of whom perceive an ideological bias among mainstream outlets. 

The thing that gets talked about less often is the pressure on ad-supported outlets to play ball with their news subjects, or with directly interested parties who have advertising budgets. By contrast with the liberal/stupid/biased MSM stuff, which exists virtually anywhere the motivated news consumer wishes to see it, this problem is harder to discern.

It isn't often that you can see its effect described quite so plainly.

Quote

"Romney went home and said, 'There is a God and he's a Mormon.'"—Ed Koch

Events

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has no public events.

9:45 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Bob Duffy participate in a meeting of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Assessment Tour, at One Bungtown Road, in Cold Spring Harbor.

11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks at the Age-Friendly District Kickoff, at the Sue Ginsburg Senior Center in the Pelham Parkway Houses, at 975 Waring Ave., in the Bronx.

6 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the 15th annual march against domestic violence, hosted by the Koran American Family Service Center, at Flushing Library, at 41-17 Main St., in Flushing, Queens.

7:15 p.m. Quinn attends the Irish Arts Center Spirit of Ireland Gala, at the New York Athletic Club, at 180 Central Park South, in Manhattan.

7:15 p.m. Stringer attends an annual awards dinner for the Association of Minority Contractors Inc., at Terrace on the Park,, 52-11 111th St., Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, Queens.

8:15 p.m. Stringer speaks a launch party hosted by Street Easy, at the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center, on 7th Ave., between 46th and 47th Streets, in Manhattan.

2012

An editorial board fact-checks one of the candidates who took part in the Obama-Romney debate. [New York Post]

"President Obama lost several chances to score in debate with Mitt Romney" [Daily News]

The way Romney talked about his agenda at the debate could "sow confusion" about what he'd do in office. [Cooper, Kocieniewski, Calmes]

2013 / City Hall

Nine companies who signed a petition in favor of the Paid Sick Leave legislation have liens against them for unpaid state taxes. [Sally Goldenberg]

October 12 is the deadline to change party registration in time for the 2013 race. And no, Bloomberg isn't changing his party status again. [David Chen]

"Mr. de Blasio’s proposal was an incursion into policy territory typically dominated by Ms. Quinn, who has made early childhood education a priority." [Michael Grynbaum]

"If Mr. de Blasio's plan became law, the combined marginal city and state income tax rate for top earners would be 13.1%, instead of 12.7%." [Michael Howard Saul]

DNAinfo headline: "de Blasio Wants to Up Taxes on Rich to Fund Pre-K, After-School Programs" [Jill Colvin]

"At least three of the five major Democratic mayoral candidates have now advanced proposals for soaking the rich." [David Seifman]

Every nonprofit connected to an elected official should be investigated, said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. [Rebecca Henely]

A local publisher complained after seeing a "diversity commercial" air on Channel 2. "It was a 30-second, multi-cultural lovefest with terrible production values – as bad as you ever see on network television," and "She should not be the beneficiary of taxpayer funds or City-owned property to elevate her image as she prepares to run for Mayor. Not on our backs, Chris." [Michael Schenkler]

A local paper in Queens sides with Vallone in opposing Councilman Jumaane Williams' legislation to reform some NYPD policies. [Queens Chronicle]

An unarmed 22-year-old man stopped on the Grand Central Parkway became the "seventh person in two months to be fatally shot by police." [Tamer el-Ghobashy and Alison Fox]

"Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, initially said there were reports of movement inside the car, although he did not elaborate." [J. David Goodman and Wendy Ruderman]

A federal judge said rules against loitering in public housing complexes are unconstitutionally vague. [Joseph Goldstein]

Albany

While Andrew Cuomo was attorney general, the state paid out at least $5 million in sexual harassment settlements. None of the ones covered in the Times' report included a confidentiality agreement. [Danny Hakim]

Former governor David Paterson made an unexpected visit to a debate watch party. [Page Six]

Local

"[I]magine if a culinary institute partnered with Chipotle." Some Manhattan bloggers react to the Times breaking off ties with NYU's local blogging project. [Sam Spokony]

Orthodox Jews in Queens find it problematic that voting booths and a community board hearing were located in churches, which their religion bars them from entering. Assemblymen Rory Lancman and Mike Simanowitz voiced concerns. [AnnMarie Costella]

"It can only be wondered, with such a record of achievement and service for 20 years to the community at large, how Iannece could have lost an Assembly race, especially with most of the district in his own neighborhood." [Michael Lewis]

The Democratic candidate for Onondaga County Clerk has five bankruptcies in his history. [Rick Moriarty]

From Capital

Obama strategist David Axelrod promised "strategic adjustments." [Reid Pillifant]

The people who helped design the Barclays Center were asked to prepare initial designs for a new Major League Soccer stadium in Queens. [Dana Rubinstein]

Bloomberg, who didn't watch the Obama-Romney debate, reminded everyone that Mondale beat Reagan in their first debate. [Dana Rubinstein]

De Blasio announced an early education plan which drew immediate comparisons to Quinn's. [Azi Paybarah]

Bloomberg said Bill de Blasio's proposed taxes would "drive everybody out of the city." [Dana Rubinstein]

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