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May 5, 2007

Times covers window into suspect's mind, but not ESDC's mind

Atlantic Yards Report

Judged by the allotment of column-inches, a reader of the New York Times would have to conclude that the trial of Peter Braunstein, a former writer for Women’s Wear Daily charged with the sex-abuse and kidnapping of a former colleague, is much bigger news than the legal battle over the Atlantic Yards project.

The Braunstein case, which has been huge in the tabloids, got extensive coverage in the Times this week, including a preview Monday, followed by trial coverage Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The Friday headline was "Suspect’s Purchases Are Cast as Window Into Dark Mind." However, the window into the mind of the Empire State Development Corporation, whose Atlantic Yards blight designations were questioned sharply in court Thursday, went unexplored.

Neither the Times nor any other daily sent a reporter to Thursday's epic hearing in the lawsuit over the Atlantic Yards environmental review. Brutally weird.


Posted by amy at May 5, 2007 9:38 AM