McCarthy on that Sticky PR Web

14 Dec

What’s interesting about McCarthy’s story aren’t the facts set forth therein.

It’s that to any casual observer of local politics with a basic grasp of teh internets, none of it was really news. I wonder how many average people who picked up their Saturday paper had no idea what that article was about, or cared. It’s rather inside-baseball – about as interesting to the average Joe the Newsreader as the ins and outs of photocopying etiquette in the Rath Building.

9 Responses to “McCarthy on that Sticky PR Web”

  1. Terry December 14, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    Nothing illustrates WNY’s situation better than the existence of the Illuzzi site.

  2. marc odien December 15, 2008 at 1:39 am #

    “I wonder how many average people who picked up their Saturday paper had no idea what that article was about, or cared.”

    That’s the problem…

  3. Timothy Domst December 15, 2008 at 3:41 am #

    You’re right about how inside-baseball it is, but, and I may be wrong but I hope not, there is a point to the story.

    I used to go over the border many times a week as a truck driver. Sometimes I’d have the CB on and after 9/11 of course the lines got longer. Sometimes drivers would complain about how stupid the questions were, the gist was “Why do they ask if I have XYZ on board when I would just lie about it if I did?” The customs agents are of course looking for “tells” in facial expressions, deducible lies, etc. When the questioner does more work, the questionee has to do more work too.

    This, I think, is the point of the interview, to get Illuzi to say something stupid, or just to get him on record saying something which might expose him as a liar after something comes up. He might say something in print that would throw someone under the bus, and that person might get so mad at the bus tracks on his/her back that they might come forward with something. Who knows, but I think that’s the point.

  4. Jeff December 15, 2008 at 5:48 am #

    The very few who even know this *secret* website exists, likely visit it periodically for the same reason I do:

    It is pure tabloid garbage, only not as useful—since you cannot put it in the bottom of the birdcage after you’ve read it.

    It is interesting that any pols would actually give money to this clown, with his awful grammar and often nonsensical run-on sentences.
    It looks like a kindergardener wrote it. A rather sloooow kindergardener.

    It’s funny that pols are probably supporting that site to keep from being slammed ON that site. Why is it funny? Because NOBODY besides insiders even reads it!

    Some people are standing too close to the picture to see what’s really going on.

  5. Bill Altreuter December 15, 2008 at 8:28 am #

    I thought the article was useful, and should have gone further. Politics is expensive. As lawyers we are routinely asked to contribute to campaigns, and it is good to know where some of this money is spent. That it is spent stupidly comes as no surprise, but this fact should nevertheless be documented.

  6. WNYPMH December 15, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    Remarkable that any of the politicians at all would pay for it. It is trash, and clearly a shakedown. But Terry is correct in saying that it definitely says something about the WNY political scene that it even exists and that our highest leaders are willing to pay a criminal for they advertising.

  7. RaChaCha December 15, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    WNYPMH hit the nail on the head – and also pointed out the biggest omission in McCarthy’s article: no mention (or did I miss something) of Illuzzi’s criminal background. How could McCarthy not know about that, or not consider that relevant–? Does anyone have any clue as to why McCarthy would not include that–? Could Illuzzi have refused to cooperate with the article without a guarantee that it wouldn’t be mentioned–? Could McCarthy have felt personally threatened–? I’m grasping at straws, but the omission was so glaring that there must be some explanation…

    I’ve always had high regard for McCarthy – and even met him here in My Fair City. But this piece left me scratching my head, as did his pieces earlier this year where he printed all that toothless bravado from the Niagara Square crowd that they were gonna rumble up the Dem’s annual meeting.

  8. mike hudson December 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    doncha think the article might have benefitted some — and put in perspective by — a full accounting of how much byron brown, chris collins, james domagalski and all the rest pay to advertise in the buffalo news? i’d like to see an article showing how much the various members of the buffalo-niagara partnership pay the news for advertising, since the bnp has had the editorial board their in its hip pocket for many years.

  9. buffaloobserver December 16, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    Who really cares? The guy is a scumbag. Only in America can a bank robber
    pawn himself off as credible. The politicians who patronize that site are idiots. Only insiders and political junkies read it. I will admit, sometimes it’s good for a laugh, but that’s it. And as far as McCarthy omitting certain facts, it shouldn’t surprise anyone since he is lazy reporter.

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