Skip to comments.Anatomy Of A New York Newspaper Eating Crow (re: NY Governor Eliot Spitzer & NY Daily News)
Posted on 03/30/2008 10:34:56 AM PDT by lowbridge
I'm sure you've all heard of the recent scandal in New York where the Governor (Eliot Spitzer, Democrat) was caught up in a call girl ring, but there was another scandal before that in which the Governor's political rival, State Senate majority leader Joe Bruno (Republican) found out that Governor Spitzer was using the State Police to spy on him:
"I've been in government 31 years and I've never experienced anything like this," said Bruno. "I was stunned to learn Governor Spitzer is using the fine men and women of the New York State Police to conduct surveillance on me," Bruno said. "This should send shivers up the spine of every New Yorker."
In the meantime, Bruno was also accused of abusing taxpayer funded transportation. Naturally Bruno was denying that.
A July 6 2007 excerpt from the NY Daily News editorial:
"Clear away the smoke being blown by Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno over his blatant abuse of taxpayer-funded transportation, and it all boils down to this: He wants to act like a jerk, live like a king - and not be held accountable for any of it."
Of course, the Governor and his aides hotly denied the accusation against him, but still it resulted in an investigation by the Albany DA, David Soares, whose investigation exonerated Spitzer.
The NY Daily News, being a pro-Democrat newspaper (though they didn't endorse Spitzer's candidacy for Governor), was overjoyed and immediately printed the following September 23rd 2007 editorial, titled "Anatomy Of A Smear":
The verdict is in. At last, the "Troopergate" so-called scandal is certified as a gigantic fraud perpetrated on the public by state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.
Having penetrated the intense smoke blown by Bruno, Albany District Attorney David Soares concluded in an authoritative, fact-based report that Gov. Spitzer committed no crimes, did not spy on the senator, did not conspire with aides to smear Bruno and, most important, did not engage in a coverup or lie about anything whatsoever.
But now Soares has nicely detailed the behind-the-scenes story, including the revealing fact that Spitzer ordered his aides not to refer to Bruno's use of aircraft to investigators.
Despite the evidence, Bruno seems determined to beat this dead horse. He intimates with absolutely no justification that, maybe, Soares didn't get to the bottom of things.
Now, as it is turning out, Soares had engaged in a cover up, a whitewash. His investigation wasnt worth the paper it was printed on. And neither was the editorial printed by the NY Daily News.
It is being discovered that Spitzer DID have the State Police spy on Bruno, as well as ordered his aides to release a smear campaign, accusing Bruno of misusing public transportation, etc.