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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Daily News Endorses De Blasio - Even Though They Disagree With Him On Every Issue

The neo-cons at the Daily News published a weird endorsement of Bill de Blasio for mayor today.

They disagree with him on every issue - from stop and frisk and policing to charter schools and school closure policies - and they lay down markers for what he MUST do on these issues that is different from how he has campaigned as mayor.

In short, they say de Blasio must change his policy positions to Lhota's.

A commenter at the News puts the editorial in perspective:

This endorsement is the most bizarre I've ever read. Issue-by-issue, the News agrees with Lhota and disagrees with de Blasio - school choice, stop-and-frisk, keeping the city safe, and basic economic policy. It further notes that Lhota has the managerial skill and experience to continue the good work of his predecessors, whereas Blasio is a great big unknown on these points who it "hopes" will re-educate himself into being someone he is not. In the end, other than his "big personality", the News cannot give a single reason why it is endorsing de Blasio but gives many reasons for one to vote for Lhota. Simply bizarre. Were you simply looking to get on the bandwagon of the candidate almost certain to win, lest you find yourself without any clout in the new administration?

It's true - they should have endorsed Lhota.

That's the candidate they most agree with.

But the DN editors know Lhota cannot win, so they jump on the de Blasio bandwagon.

But already they work to push him rightward with prodding from their tabloid pulpit.

Expect a lot more of that during the next four years.


  1. Maybe they're tired of reading about how irrelevant newspaper endorsements are. Or maybe they figured this endorsement would persuade their regular readers not to visit the polls. Possibly they took a lot of LSD and just let their fingers go where they would while writing this thing. Overall, it's an enduring mystery.

    1. Jumping on the bandwagon, then trying to change the bandwagon to their own. Funny thing is, nobody's buying it - the comments all mock the DN editorial.

  2. If you read between the lines, the NYTimes endorsement was also lukewarm. Every editorial from the primary until now has been about the qualities of the Bloomberg administration. Just recently they put a few flattering pieces on Lhota. It's their way of trying to stop a landslide and say people still want Bloomberg. I am shocked by this endorsement. It goes against the grain on everything the DN stands for, the same way the NYTimes has been an apologist for Wall Street and Ed Reform.

    I imagine the DN will lose a lot of readers....

    1. I don't think people care too much about the editorials. That's more a 19th century art form that, while still relevant in the 20th century, seems almost completely irrelevant in the 21st century. Perhaps in down ballot races, people pay attention to editorials - but not in the top line races like mayor, governor or president. There's enough coverage for people to make up their own minds.

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