Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Dee raises more than Tish" and other reasons for more journalistic voices (plus a new 35th District candidate)

"Society doesn’t need newspapers," wrote Clay Shirky recently in a much-discussed analysis of the fate of the press. "What we need is journalism."

In other words, we don't need another newspaper now owned by the same publisher to tell us that the headline "Dee raises more than Tish" (attached to an article written by the Courier-Life's inimitable Stephen Witt) could easily have been rewritten.

How about: "Challenger Hunley-Adossa holds first fundraiser; incumbent James has yet to hold one" (in the race for the 35th Council District).

And we need more independent media, as Sharon Toomer, former communications director for Borough President Marty Markowitz, reminds us.

Selling Hunley-Adossa short

Curiously enough, the Courier-Life's Witt sells Hunley-Adossa's campaign short, attributing to "sources" some broad-brush generalizations:
James will also get the anti-arena crowd in droves and the churches, sources said.

Well, won't Hunley-Adossa get the "pro-arena crowd"? And which churches has James locked up? Hunley-Adossa makes no secret of her religious faith, so I'm sure she'll get her share of support from churches.

The synagogues and mosques, apparently, are up for grabs.

A new challenger

I got a press release yesterday from Medhanie Estiphanos, the first male candidate in the race.

He's a "a financial consultant for a leading consulting firm" with a background as a teacher and for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

The statement doesn't yet offer specifics:
In this unique moment, we have an opportunity to ensure a future of shared prosperity, equal and unfettered access to education and healthcare, to ensure a green and sustainable world, and ensure every citizen regardless of race, creed, religion, or sexual orientation has a fair shot at the American Dream. But we need to commit to the future and recognize the worth and contribution of every American to our collective prosperity. And it starts right here in our community.

Over the coming weeks and months, I'll be introducing specific initiatives that will change not only policy and legislations but the psychology of our communities. We need to re-think the way we see ourselves, our challenges, and the solutions to those challenges.


The web site lists five issues (not AY), without much detail:
  • Green New York City
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Public Transit and the MTA
  • Keeping Art and Artists in Brooklyn

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