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Friday, February 8, 2008

Just A Bit Inside

Under the heading "Is this a news article or an advertisement?" :

Several New York papers reported this morning on the press tour of the new Yankee Stadium given yesterday by the Yankees. Check out these stories from Newsday and the New York Daily News. The stories have the same basic thrust: Look how beautiful the new stadium will look, and how wonderful it will be for the fans.

Then again, I guess that's what happens when you write a story without quoting a single resident of the surrounding neighborhood, and without mentioning the persistent discontent with several elements of the project, including the controversy over the parking garages and the fact that, as reported by the New York Times last month, the committee responsible for implementing the Community-Benefits-Agreement had not even met yet.

In the Daily News article, Lonn Trost, chief operating officer for the Yankees, is quoted as saying, "The stadium has been built with the fans in mind."

It seems difficult to justify including Trost's quote without at least alluding to the fact that many of the fans he mentions--at least those in Highbridge and the surrounding areas--would take strong exception to his comments.

Next time, why not save time and energy and just let the Yankees write the article themselves?

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunatley this is one of those issues, much like the filtration plant, that nobody really gives too much of a crap about. Even many of those in the affected neighborhoods. This is yet another in a long line of public abuses that will continue until the people wake up to what is happening to their country. I am not holding my breath however.


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