Paladino: No Soup For You!

21 Apr

“I bring values, resiliency, a thick skin and I’m not afraid to be confrontational.” – Carl Paladino

It would appear that by “thick skin”, Carl meant “hyper-defensive”.

In response to this tire fire of an interview with one of the weakest reporters in Western New York, Josh “Straw Man” Boose of WGRZ’s mildly regarded Red Coat brigade…


Carl Paladino and his campaign manager Michael Caputo (the Scott Farkus and Grover Dill of Buffalo) sent the following to their Facebook supporters:

It goes on and on, painting Carl as the innocent victim of a coordinated media smear.  It ultimately leads to this:

I approached Boose as they parted and told him in no uncertain terms that I did not appreciate him calling my friend a racist. I tapped on his chest as I let him know that I have been in this business twice as long as he and I don’t play gotcha with reporters.

For his careless and aggressive reporting, Boose is now banned from covering the Paladino for Governor campaign. We have informed WGRZ that they remain invited to cover our crusade to take back Albany – but Boose is not welcome anywhere near Carl Paladino.

Goodbye, Josh Boose. We hardly knew ye.

He has now banned WNYMedia, Jim Heaney of The Buffalo News and Josh Boose of WGRZ from covering the campaign.  I suppose we can cover it, we just don’t get to ask any questions or interact with the candidate.  It would appear the criteria for being banned is writing anything critical or factual about Carl.  Anything written or broadcast about his tens of millions of dollars of business with the State of New York, the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has donated to Democratic political candidates, his lifelong registration as a Democrat, his extra-marital affair, his “bonus” child, his hobby of forwarding illegal pornography and racist imagery to people in the community or his lack of an actual platform…all of this is a ticket out of the circle of trust.

It’s also fascinating that Carl is turning into the Soup Nazi of gubernatorial candidates.  He demands that we ask our polite questions (which he deems acceptable), move to the left and not engage in any analysis or further debate.


WGRZ is in a tough spot, they have a responsibility to inform the public, but they can’t let public figures dictate terms to them.  They can state that a candidate doesn’t get to choose his reporter or tone of coverage and no longer cover Carl’s campaign.  Or, they can send Boose out to every Paladino event and point out that Carl won’t “answer tough questions”.  If you’ve been watching WGRZ News for any amount of time, I’m pretty sure you can figure out which choice they’ll make.

At this rate, the only people left to cover Carl’s campaign will be Carl’s official campaign blogger Howard Goldman (a former WNYMedia blogger) and tea party activist/Paladino campaign supporter Rus Thompson…oops, he’s also a WNYMedia blogger.

The other part of this email from Caputo that is interesting is the constant change in campaign tactics on the email fiasco.  To the public, writ large, Paladino admits that he forwarded the emails, without qualification, and has apologized numerous times.

Inside his own camp of obedient supporters, he still maintains he “allegedly” forwarded emails and that this is a coordinated effort by Brian Higgins and the “liberal media elite” to tear him down.  This internal communication is subtle confirmation bias and wagon circling for his base.

Let’s be clear, Carl sent emails featuring a video of a horse performing anal sex on a woman to completion and several emails featuring racial slurs and imagery.  These were NOT sent to a small group of close friends, they were sent to hundreds of people, repeatedly, over ten years.  The people on the list were public figures, media personalities, business leaders and elected officials.  Occam’s Razor moment for Carl, one of the hundreds of people to whom you sent those emails found your new allegiance to the Republican Party and Conservative values to be hypocritical and sent them on to the media.

It’s just the way it is.

9 Responses to “Paladino: No Soup For You!”

  1. BuffaloBloviator April 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Chris and Marc,

    I shall proudly wear my tattoo and never remove it from my arm.


  2. rastamick April 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Scot Farkus ? Wow. I believe Caputo was in some of my English classes at UB in the early 80’s and at the time was a foaming Lyndon Laroucher with a serious chip on his shoulder. He wrote an angry bit about his stepfather’s bristly nose hairs that disturbed some of the class. I guess he was destined for greatness or maybe Carl thrust greatness upon him. This has been wildly entertaining.

  3. Mike In WNY April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Smear campaigns do not equal covering the news.

    • Jen Maz April 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

      My favorite part is where he “taps him on the chest.” Not sure what to make of that…boyish puffery or lameass who has nothing better to do with his time than beat up a news reporter (a super tough move). Either way, it was my favorite part.

      • Christopher Smith April 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm #

        It was my favorite part as well.

        However, I’ll bet Caputo politely asked Boose to re-interview Carl and none of what Caputo claims actually happened. You’re telling me a guy like Josh Boose wouldn’t have led his story with “Caputo bruised my sternum” or some such thing. It’s all so disingenuous. Caputo is trying to play to the emotions of supporters with this “I stood up for Carl” thing.

  4. SuEllen April 22, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    So, now that you’ve succeeded in killing Carl’s campaign, I sincerely hope you apply the same vigor towards killing those who currently have careers in NYS politics.

  5. Andy April 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Just out of curiosity, is anyone ever going to ask Carl’s stooge for evidence of the alleged Higgins involvement in the so-called “email smear”?

    • Christopher Smith April 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

      We’ve sent emails and made phone calls to ask that exact question. Not surprisingly, they haven’t returned our outreach efforts.

  6. TDS April 23, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    One quick question: why haven’t you kicked Rus Thompson off your servers yet?

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