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May 11, 2006

FCR bans journalist from Gehry press conference, invites "community"

Atlantic Yards Report

Atlantic Yards Reporter Norman Oder was banned from the Forest City Ratner/Frank Gehry/ Laurie Olin press conference, which was open only to the mainstream media and handpicked members of the community.


Dope on the Slope on banning Oder from the press conference:

The only conceivable reason that Forest City Ratner would bar Norm Oder from today's carefully orchestrated PR event is that they know their boondoggle cannot stand up to detailed scrutiny. Exposing Frank Gehry to questions from someone who actually knows what they are talking about, rather than someone who has been spoonfed pablum from Ratner's flaks, might expose some inconvenient facts. These facts just might be overheard by the so-called "professional" journalists in attendance and actually get reported in the mainstream press. If this happens, these facts might cut through the fog of disinformation that Ratner is depending on to obscure this gargantuan boondoggle's invasion of brownstone Brooklyn.

As a serious journalist, Norm Oder would not stoop to name calling or finger wagging. Forutnately, I am unencumbered by such constraints. My response to Ratner's shut out of Mr. Oder is "shame on you, you lilly-livered blackguard."

Posted by lumi at May 11, 2006 4:17 PM