Saturday, April 23, 2005

Times Union - What the *&#$#@!?

Being able to have favorable media coverage is a critical part of any political campaign. Having the media ignore any negative aspects of your behavior is probably even better. You can blast out the positives with your own TV ads. But the general population is only going to get the negatives from the media. And if the media refuses to cover the negative stories, you have to begin to question their political motivation.

Before I go any further I want to make one thing very clear. The top person in an organization takes responsiblity for the actions of all of the people in the organization. That is there job. And Mayor Jennings is the top person when it comes to the Albany Police Department. He alone can make real change. All organizations have problems. All people make mistakes. But if the members of the organization are not being held accountable by the man at the top, the message is clear.

Now go get a copy of today's Times Union. What is noticeably absent is anything resembling the following (From News 9), PD Spokesman James Miller:

"She was told on three occasions to back up or she would get arrested. When she didn't, he went to arrest her. At that point she struck him in the groin. He then punched her in the face, hit her in the right side of the eye. She was then arrested, brought to the hospital for treatment"

"An officer was assaulted. He acted appropriately as we see it right now. He has to defend himself as he's being attacked whether it's a 14-year-old or a 44-year-old," said Miller.

Also, absent are any photos of the girl's injuries. Check out http://www.fox23news.com/ and watch the bit titled: Livingston Student Accuses Police Officers

But you won't read this in the Times Union. Did they think the people of Albany wouldn't find this newsworthy? This from a paper who's editor said that they would "redouble our efforts at watchdog journalism". And let's not forget that the Times Union had their top columnist "apologize" for the Police Chief's recent lying episode. The paper "apologized" for the Chief and said it was ok for him to lie because "this is Albany and we are lied to every day".

The Mayor's behavior on his radio show yesterday also seemed newsworthy. But you won't be reading about that either (at least not in the TU). Stay tuned for photos of the Mayor with the Tulip Queen and then vote Jennings and sleep easy.

PS. Also not in the Times Union is any mention of the man that died in police custody. There currently is no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of the police at this time, but you would think this might merit some attention. Someone got arrested for shoplifting and now they are dead.