Bruce Jackson and Carl Paladino

3 Aug

I was scrolling today through the Citizens for a Better Buffalo website – which hasn’t been updated since 2007 – and found at the very bottom of a loooooong scroll this entry:

Jackson to Paladino: “What’s your interest?”
8/17/2006

In an astounding exchange of e-mails, Professor Bruce Jackson asks developer Carl Paladino why he promotes the Casino so heavily. He does not get an answer to his question. Indeed, the style of Paladino’s response suggests that he surely has something to hide. Citizen for a Better Buffalo, YOU decide. To read this apalling exchange, click here. – Ed

Here is the .pdf of Jackson’s Artvoice piece detailing his email correspondence with Carl Paladino.

Now, when Jackson attacked me, he accused me of being part of a conspiracy to “Swiftboat” the holy, sainted Wendt Foundation. Unlike with Paladino, Jackson did not put fingers to keyboard to ask me about it. That’s shoddy “journalism”, even from a prestigious SUNY Professor who earns $150,000. I have emailed Jackson a total of three times since this whole thing blew up and he has not deigned to respond to me. Typical, as Jackson doesn’t have to answer for anything he says or writes.

Note that Jackson asks Paladino:

I’m trying to figure out why you keep pushing the casino so aggressively

As he has since done with me, Jackson starts off with the assumption that anyone who in some way defends the casino or criticizes its opponents has some personal or financial interest in it. Jackson’s motives, of course, are pure and sweet and taste of honey and roses. Right?

I’m not saying Jackson has any ulterior motive, but what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. He is quick to attack those who do not share his views, yet is slow to admit his own interest in the casino battle. So, if it’s appropriate for Paladino, it’s appropriate to ask the question of Bruce Jackson (here, since he won’t respond to my emails):

I’m trying to figure out why you keep pushing casino opposition so aggressively. I’m also trying to figure out where the money goes.

12 Responses to “Bruce Jackson and Carl Paladino”

  1. Bill Altreuter August 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm #

    You know, It’s not all about you, and I’d have expected better from you. Let’s talk about the casino, instead of who is gossiping about whom.

  2. mike hudson August 4, 2008 at 2:41 am #

    bruce knows that what he is doing is wrong, and violates every tenent of ethical journalism. while he did email answers to my questions, they weren’t very satisfactory in that they failed to answer the question. when i asked him if it wasn’t a conflict for him to have been a founding member and vice president of citizens for a better buffalo, which recieved considerable wendt funding for its anti-casino fight — something he fails to acknowledge when writing on the issue — he replied that he severed connections with the organization last year.

    the niagara falls reporter has a story on the scandal and alan & chris’s role in reporting it in this week’s issue, which should go online sometime this (monday) afternoon.

    http://www.niagarafallsreporter.com

  3. hank August 4, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    150K/yr for a State run University system Professor? I’m sure he’s not teaching Medicine or Quantum Physics.

    Time for a look into SUNY like its the Thruway Authority. No wonder NY is broke.

  4. Mike August 4, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Hudson the Niagara Gazette beat you again and Hank don’t forget he is only part time in the real world…

  5. laughingoutloud August 4, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    The soon to be released Forbes ‘TOP 20 Best Paying Jobs for the Least Number of Hours Worked’, rates University Professors in the #2 spot, right behind Foundation Trustee which holds the #1 spot.

  6. mike hudson August 4, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    i’ve been posting here on this topic for the past 10 days. when exactly did the niagara gazette “beat” me? as one of the 15 people who actually read the gazette, maybe you can look it up for me.

  7. laughingoutloud August 4, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    That was a very good article Mike. The only thing you left out, to put thngs in their proper perspective, is that the Wendt trustees only put in 2 hours a week if anything at all.

  8. Rocco Russo August 4, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    Wow. I think you should go to college for 4 years, then another 2+ to get your Master’s, then another few years for a doctorate. Then become a college professor and come back and complain that you make too much. Yes, it’s a state system. They are still college professors. Just like any teacher will tell you, you work more than just the

  9. Mike August 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    Hudson since when is “posting” the same as putting ink on paper, I think posting is more like the loud mouth know it all at the end of the bar(eg. your galpal Fran Iusi) than ink on paper.

  10. mike hudson August 4, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    um, the gazette comes out seven days a week while the reporter comes out once a week. they don’t have anything online about this story at all and i’m still not sure when/if they ran anything about it in their little-read print edition. i have only your worthless word on that.

  11. RisingDamp666 August 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    Carl Paladino is a classic. Bruce Jackson is a classic as well. This whole kerfuffle could have been a Frasier script.

  12. Timothy Saracki August 5, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    Next time there’s an NCAA basketball tourney at the HSBC as there has been in years past, and there aren’t enough functioning eating establishments, as in years past (I dare anyone here to name a restaurant east of Main downtown) then you’ll realise that something has to be built to feed the hungry tourists.

    Kick it up a notch Buffalo restauranteurs, otherwise…let the Nation take control.

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