The Complete Dicker/Paladino Confrontation

30 Sep

CBS 6 from Albany has the complete video of Carl Paladino going from slow burn to volcanic in mere seconds; this adds much more context to what happened than the cell phone video from last night.  It shows Dicker asking Paladino a very simple question.  Specifically, Dicker asks Cuomo what evidence he has that Cuomo had had extramarital affairs while married to his ex-wife, and whether or not making that accusation is going into the “gutter”.

Paladino refuses to give a straight answer – because he has no such evidence.  Instead, he changes the subject to the as-yet unproven suggestion that NY Post reporters and photographers invaded the privacy of Suzanne Brady and her 10 year-old daughter by Paladino.


Carl responded today with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight:


Frankly, Carl doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  Fred Dicker isn’t complicit with Cuomo or working in concert with the Cuomo campaign, and for Paladino to suggest that is absolutely insane.  Apart from the quiet Buffalo News, the New York Post is potentially the best media friend Paladino could expect to have in this state.  But because Paladino is too busy fighting with everybody and everything, he’s just throwing around accusations blindly.  When the whole thing blows up in his arrogant face, Carl backs up to “I’m not politically correct”.

Sometimes, it’s not about being politically correct.  It’s about being an adult and responding like an adult to adult questions from reporters.

And I don’t buy the photographs-through-the-window story for a second.  What possible value would those photographs have to the New York Post?

Anyhow, here are some cute bears having the same argument:


19 Responses to “The Complete Dicker/Paladino Confrontation”

  1. Chris Smith September 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    There is no way that the Fox News owned New York Post would send a photographer to take illegal photos of Paladino’s bonus child through a window. They wouldn’t be able to publish any such photos even if they produced them, to do so would be an admission that they broke the law. It’s all a bunch of drummed up bullshit.

  2. Rob September 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Paladino’s supporters will believe it though, so it will be a successful lie.

  3. Jon Splett September 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    What Chris said.

    What political gain would anyone get from some pictures of his kid? Has anyone even questioned he’s got a kid from an affair? This is a manufactured story by his campaign to help paint him as some force the big, scary liberal media is trying to destroy and appeal to some good old fashion crazy old people paranoia. The nutjobs living out their post-mid life political crisis’ via this tea party bullshit eat that kind of crap up.

    For fuck sake, he’s said emails containing the phrase ‘Run Nigger Run’ aren’t racist, just ‘politically incorrect’. Fucking around on his wife and having a kid is the LEAST of his morality problems.

    The fact he’s even on the ticket in New York makes me embarrassed to admit I’m from the state…

  4. DanB September 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Why was Dicker being so agressive, getting in Paladino’s face, and practically poking him in the eye?

    If you new anything about Dicker you would know he has a history of this:

    Mr. Dicker, who is about to turn 61, has enraged so many people in Albany it’s surprising that nobody has used physical violence against him-hold on, actually that did happen, back in 1987.
    “I see myself,” Mr. Dicker said judiciously, “as being an equal-opportunity prick.”
    “Back to that 1987 incident, one which tells you a great deal about Fred Dicker. The setting was a drab state office building near the Capitol. Mr. Dicker was brimming over with outrage that he-a taxpayer and a member of the Fourth Estate-was being kept out of an Assembly office in a public building. He explained this persistently to the Assembly Speaker’s chief of staff, Norman Adler. Mr. Adler finally shoved him to the floor and-according to Mr. Dicker and a television reporter he brought along-threatened to kick him in the, er, crotch. A television crew and a photographer were on hand to record the confrontation.
    ” Post Albany Chief Beaten,” was the Post’s front-page headline the next day, with an image of Mr. Dicker’s bald pate and Mr. Adler towering over him.”

    Gee, so this has happened before, Dick and the Post doing the same thing, and having cameras in tow.  Is it just a coincidence that this has happened before to this “equal opportunity prick”?

    “Others question his accuracy. Mr. Dicker’s reliance on anonymous sources and his sources’ inevitable agendas means that he’s sometimes spectacularly wrong.”

    Do you think Dicker’s publishing what essentially is a gossip column and relying on “anonymous sources” maybe makes his questioning of Paladino on his sources not exactly a sincere request for information?

    And it is absurd that Dicker would support Cuomo?  Read about how he fawned over Spitzer.  If he could fawn over Spitzer why not Cuomo?

    As the article points out, in Albany where things are often decided by three men in a room Dicker was often the fourth man.  Could he be afraid that Paladino would upset that apple cart and his privaleges?

    I think Carl Paladino ought to take some anger management classes.  I think if the Post wasn’t a yellow rag only interested in sales it would fire Dicker.  And I really think everyone else in the state should start discussing issues like how we are going to get New York’s economy turned around.

    • Alan Bedenko September 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

      Dicker broke the troopergate story. Totally in the tank for Spitzer, eh?

      Also, Dicker is trying to report news from the ethical morass that is Albany. Maybe you want him to fawn all over Carl and wash his feet, but the people are better served by tough & persistent questioning.

  5. Pauldub September 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Carl firmly believes there is no such thing as bad publicity.

  6. DanB September 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    “Dicker broke the troopergate story. Totally in the tank for Spitzer, eh?”

    After he helped get him elected (and probably after Spitzer wouldn’t hire his girlfriend who was used to working for previous administrations).

    I am all for tough questioning by a free press.  Absolutely.  New Yorkers deserve to know all that can be brought out about Carl Paladino and those who work for him.  That is fair game.

    But why do these same reporterss seem not to question Cuomo with the same zeal?  How come the only paper to run the story of what happened at HUD when Cuomo was at the helm is the Village Voice?  Is that not maybe something that speaks to Cuomo’s character and something that New Yorkers have the right to know about?  Ditto for how Cuomo all of the sudden became good pals with a California slum lord and that slum lords problems stopped once Cuomo got a job with the guy that paid him a pretty penny?  Why have I not seen any media coverage of Duffy’s tenure in Rochester where crime has skyrocketed and economic decline continues unabated (and Cuomo picks him to head economic development committees?!?!)  Aren’t these as relevant to who would better lead New York as questions about Paladino’s daliances and associates?

    It is the press’s job to go after people and go after them with tough probing questions (though keep your distance and keep your hands out of their face).  But do to all sides.  So far I haven’t seen the press do that nor have I seen you call them on it.

  7. rainman246 September 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    I bequest this challenge to the mainstream media as well as anyone else who has the integrity to look inwardly and empathize before answering the following question;
    “If a news organizations employee, subcontractor, or affiliate, (or anyone else hired to provide a service) came on yours or another property and had a camera pointed through the glass of your 10 year old daughter’s window taking pictures of her, would you have expressed the same, or words equally as strong, as the words “Carl Paladino” did?

  8. rastamick September 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    If someone did send a photographer it had less to do with the value of any pics that might have been taken as it did the psychic wedgie it would inflict on Carl Paladino. If I wanted to seriously piss this guy off and I was versed in Rovean psychology I would definitely exploit his natural motherload of rage and his feelings of protectiveness and loyalty to his family. This is the paradigm Carl stepped into yet the seems to think he can act offended and pissed off and it will all be justified. This child should be off limits but she isn’t. Maybe this is why we are seeing such a raft of Sharon Angles, Rand Pauls, Christine ODonnells and Carls leaping into the ring. Normal people won’t subject their kids and families to this bullshit. “Bonus kid” was a lame choice of words too by the way. They are doing it all ready — do we have to do it too?

  9. Rory Allen September 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    This story is a win-win for both parties. The Post will sell more papers and get more people to their website. Carl Paladino gets to live up to his “mad as hell” reputation. Don King could not have written a better script for these two. No people that ever supported Carl will now stop supporting him and vice versa. He is just riling up the base and it is working.

  10. Peter A Reese September 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    This video is devastating for both Paladino and Caputo. Dicker is just trying to do his job and they go nuts because they have nothing to back up what they are saying. Paladino’s cult of followers will love this, but it will kill him with anyone rational. You really want this guy to be Governor? I think this is the beginnning of the end for Paladino.

  11. Charles October 1, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    Dicker lives up to his name.  Who cares? In my book, a governor should posses the aptitude to control a situation, not have the situation control him.  Mr. P shows such a lack of aptitude over and over again.  NY is a cesspool of governmental dysfunction and oppressive confiscatory policies and Cuomo is no reformer, and the status quo will probably continue. At least it works at some level. BUT… a Gov P does not posses the skills necessary to wrangle this bronco, he will not be able to work with others to get anything done, let alone reform.  Dictatorial powers do not come with the job.  P is delusional if he thinks otherwise.

  12. Hapklein October 1, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    I watched Paladino’s eyes as he glared at Dicker. He can be intimidating but mainly because he has a deep seated anger that is volcanic and could be dangerous.
    I think he should resign. Can we have a recall vote for candidates?
    That scene with Dicker really cooks his goose.
    It was tawdry, threatening and totally out of touch with the expected conduct of any candidate for an office of Governor. After they are elected its different.
    Paladino decided to be governor, changed parties since he knew Cuomo had the ticket for the Dems but was totally unprepared by his previous life to withstand a scrutiny of himself and his life. The resignation of the Conservative Party head in Monroe county said it all. Now these purists are in bed with an ill tempered sinner.

  13. Bbill October 1, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Carl’s schtick is reminiscient of this guy (audio nsfw). Evidently this is what the 27 percenters look for in good governance.

  14. Fat Tony October 1, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    BP, you are completely wrong here. While the NY Post indeed would be expected to by one of the more sympathetic media outlets for Paladino, it’s widely known in Albany circles that Dicker has been shilling for Cuomo for some time and quite frankly I’m shocked you aren’t aware of that. Dicker might lean GOP, but at the end of the day, if you’re his friend he’ll protect you and if you’re his enemy he’ll go after you like pitbull.

    He was never a shill for Spitzer. To the contrary, you might recall how bad Cuomo made Spitzer look during Troopergate. Cuomo fed everything to Dicker to make Spitzer look terrible. That shows how long the Cuomo/Dicker alliance has been going on.

    • Alan Bedenko October 1, 2010 at 9:48 am #

      @Fat Tony, that’s a load of bullshit. Dicker hasn’t been “shilling” for Cuomo. All you’ve established is that Cuomo was a source for Dicker stories about Spitzer. Being a source doesn’t automatically make Dicker Cuomo’s “shill”.

      The issue, naturally, is that Carl’s supporters are now borderline members of a Cult of Carl, and any question or event that doesn’t go exactly the way Carl wants must have been manufactured by some conspiratorial pro-Cuomo cabal.

  15. Carl October 1, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Rob: Just go to WGRZ’s website…you’ll find a boatload of Pally followers. Debating them is pointless.

  16. Chris Smith October 1, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Statement on Paladino from The National Propaganda Arm of The Tea Party Movement, News Corp:

    Col Allan, editor of the Post, issued the following statement Thursday morning in response to the Paladino campaign:

    “Paladino spokesman Michael Caputo’s claim about our photographer is untrue. We can only assume Mr. Caputo is confusing our photographer with someone else. Mr. Caputo should check his facts before making charges against Post personnel. In addition, Mr. Paladino should not be surprised by the media’s interest in his families, as he has invited public scrutiny of his personal life by running for governor and speaking openly about his mistress and love child.”


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