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Murdoch-Owned New York Post Endorses Andrew Cuomo for New York Governor

10:10 pm - 10/18/2010

ABC News's Michelle Dubert reports:

Perhaps the New York Post editorial board didn’t take too kindly to New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s (R) loaded threat to “take out” the paper’s veteran scribe Fred Dicker.

In a surprising move today, the right-leaning Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorporation, endorsed Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the state’s attorney general, saying there was “something refreshing” about Paladino at the outset of his campaign, until “a screw popped loose.”

“He won the primary by showing that he understood the frustrations New Yorkers grapple with daily -- and by speaking to them, directly and forcefully…Then a screw popped loose. Paladino revealed himself to be undisciplined, unfocused and untrustworthy -- that is, fundamentally unqualified for the office he seeks,” the editorial reads, adding that he gave Cuomo “a free pass” by growing silent on the issues.

Paladino’s brusque style, controversial remarks and desire to “take a baseball bat” to Albany has kept him in the headlines despite trailing Cuomo badly in the polls. A new New York Times poll released last night has Cuomo leading Paladino 59 percent to 24 percent among likely voters.

Paladino’s fame – or notoriety – came quickly with his unlikely primary victory over former Rep. Rick Lazio (R) on September 14. But since then, he and his campaign have received more attention for his gaffes and dismissiveness with the media than for his plan to fix New York’s struggling economy.

The much-publicized scuffle with Dicker came after the reporter approached Paladino asking for evidence to support his accusations that Cuomo had had extra-marital affairs. Paladino instead asked why the paper “sent goons after my daughter,” referencing the Post running stories on Paladino’s mistress and their 10-year-old daughter, culminating in the threat, “You send another goon to my daughter’s house, I’ll take you out, buddy.” Paladino’s campaign manager ended the confrontation by intervening, telling Dicker he was working for Cuomo, was “way out of line” and is “a terrible journalist.”
escherichiacola 19th-Oct-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Not surprising that if Murdoch has to go with someone, he'll go with a winner.

Edited at 2010-10-19 03:01 am (UTC)
merig00 19th-Oct-2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Or maybe it has nothing to do with Murdoch himself...

Like the whole Murdoch vs Waters deal

escherichiacola 19th-Oct-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh yes that quite a non answer by Murdoch on how his network has treated the immigration issue, thank you
hey_its_michael 19th-Oct-2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Hah! Paladino is batshit crazy enough to push that conservative pub to endorse a liberal.
juliet316 19th-Oct-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
haruhiko 19th-Oct-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Of course. No way are any of the smarter big business/corporatist types (or any of the institutions they own/operate) going to back Tea Party candidates, who, despite their ~free market~ rhetoric, will simply not be able to get shit done in Congress on behalf of their donors/supporters because neither party will likely work with them. Far better for the moneyed individuals to support the Democrats if they have to--the Dems are corporate-friendly enough at this point and will scratch the backs of those who back them.
bluetooth16 19th-Oct-2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm voting third party for NY governor, probably the Libertarians. I do not want to cross party lines. The last time I did it, it was a disastuh. Also, I hate Cuomo.
homasse 19th-Oct-2010 04:11 am (UTC)
As long as you're not voting for Paladino, it's all good, because dude is wow. x_X
bluetooth16 19th-Oct-2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I voted for Lazio in the primaries because I knew Paladino was in the deep end. And time proved me right on that one.
fishnet_hamster 19th-Oct-2010 10:53 am (UTC)
For rizzle. Some surveying group called me and asked how likely I was to vote for Paladino, and I was THIS CLOSE to saying that I'd rather shoot myself in the foot than vote for Paladino. The dude is nuts.
roseofjuly 19th-Oct-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
If you are voting third party then you are crossing party lines.
bluetooth16 19th-Oct-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I should have said crossing lines to vote Democrat. I don't mind voting for the Conservatives or Libertarians if the GOP has a shitty candidate.
roseofjuly 19th-Oct-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
LOL honestly I don't either but reverse it. I voted for Sonny Perdue when I lived in GA.
normaltrouble 19th-Oct-2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Totally OT:

I just read the title as being: "Moloch Owned Post etc..."

I am reading about Allen Ginsberg and Howl.

I think it just seeped into my brain :)
fishnet_hamster 19th-Oct-2010 10:48 am (UTC)

Allen Ginsberg is my favorite poet of all time.

normaltrouble 21st-Oct-2010 06:48 am (UTC)
He is a wonderful spirit and man and heart and mind, yep.

brewsternorth 19th-Oct-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, I think if Ginsberg were alive today he'd *totally* see Murdoch as part of "Moloch"!
normaltrouble 21st-Oct-2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Yes, I think you are right.
militsa 19th-Oct-2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
The disgusting Paladino cannot get out of the news soon enough for me. The Post endorsement is just icing on the cake for any waverers--Cuomo is going to kick his ass.
roseofjuly 19th-Oct-2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
November 2 cannot come fast enough - not only am I tired of hearing about Paladino, I'm tired of getting political mail in my box. Especially Rangel's. He sends out like 3 million a week.
militsa 19th-Oct-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Carolyn Maloney and her minions hounded me so much it made me not vote for her in the primaries :/
roseofjuly 20th-Oct-2010 01:57 am (UTC)
LOL, I'm starting to get turned off by his stupid slicked back hairdo. And he starts off his campaign with the dumbest line. "From East Harlem to West Harlem, from Washington Heights to Inwood, your neighbors are voting for Charles Rangel!" Um, GREAT Rangel, you just demonstrated that you know what your Congressional district is! And considering that probably 80% of us are black and/or Latino, not really surprised sry to say
militsa 20th-Oct-2010 02:57 am (UTC)
XD But what would NYC be without Rangel? He's such a fixture and he knows it. Get this: Maloney's people were PRESSING MY BUZZER and yelling into the street-level intercom to remind me to vote for her.

*edited for grammar error

Edited at 2010-10-20 02:58 am (UTC)
brewsternorth 19th-Oct-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Anyone else think the last 'graph of that article was strongly reminiscent of "All the King's Men"?
dolldaggabuzzz 20th-Oct-2010 02:58 am (UTC)
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