WNYMedia.net: “The Site that Saved Andrew Cuomo”

27 Oct

The New York Observer’s David Freedlander wrote this article about the impact that WNYMedia.net and our publication of Carl Paladino’s racist, sexist, and offensive emails [April] [October] had on the governor’s race.  Specifically, Freedlander argues that Cuomo has us to thank for Paladino’s very high unfavorables among women and minorities.

The folks at WNYMedia, meanwhile, are thrilled. Although they eschew any attempt to lump them in with the “netroots” activists who emerged in the wake of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004, they are solid Democratic partisans who have suddenly seen their page counts explode.

Mr. Bedenko and his partner, Marc Odien, knew Mr. Paladino back when he was a mere Buffalo developer. They say he was something of a folk hero for his willingness to battle the entrenched interests like the school board and the teachers’ union. Back before he became a gubernatorial candidate, they were even on a different, more sedate list of people Paladino corresponded with.

Now, Mr. Paladino’s campaign manager, Michael Caputo, won’t return their emails or phone calls. He told The Observer, “They have an unhealthy obsession with Carl and pornography. They are well known in Buffalo for being off the left edge and they are not taken that seriously.”

But they have the distinction of possibly doing what newspaper editorials and millions of dollars of fund-raising have failed to do: helping quash the Republican opposition for governor.

“We didn’t know it at the time, but they really helped define the guy,” Mr. Bedenko said. “Any article that mentions Paladino now mentions his proclivity for sending inappropriate emails. It’s the defining moment for his campaign, I think.”

I have two quarrels with the article, the main one being the omission of Chris Smith’s name as our collaborator here, but in the end, to this day, Paladino’s emails help define him.

15 Responses to “WNYMedia.net: “The Site that Saved Andrew Cuomo””

  1. Mike In WNY October 27, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Solid Democratic partisans, an apt description. Anything to perpetuate 4 more years of FAIL.

  2. BobbyCat October 27, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    Of course WNYMedia should take a bow. You guys deserve plaudits. A bad candidate was unmasked, all to the good. It’s a sad situation when angry New Yorkers (and I’m one of them) must express their anger through a man of low character. I’m sure there are men of high character who could lead the reform charge.

    Tom Friedman’s column in the NYTimes “You Cant Keep a Bad Idea Down” talks about America falling behind the rest of the world in every category , and yet we elect dumb people with bad ideas to Washington. Paladino is just one those people with lots of anger and no plan. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/opinion/27friedman.html?src=ISMR_HP_LO_MST_FB

    Bendeno article critical of the NY Senate Finance Commtte was briefly hacked into this morn. I tried to post a comment, twice, and was re-directed to some Dem fundraisng site called “ACT Blue”. I guess it was a shot fired across his bow. Don’t screw with us or we’ll screw with you, kind of thing. Some young blood Dem volunteer hacker was feeling his oats.

  3. Tom Dolina October 27, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Chris has a job, so that would ruin the narrative!

  4. Warrey October 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Paladino’s biggest enemy in all of this that kills him time after timeI is simply: The Truth.

    Oh and I just can’t get that picture of millionaire Nancy Naples pointing her crooked finger at me and telling me to send money to millionaire Carl Paladino. On the Creepmeter. it hit 10. That scene could be right out of a B-horror movie. Yuck.

    You fellows did a great job in torpedoing this man’s campaign. In math, that would be called “Lap Dance” squared.


  5. Pauldub October 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Actually, wouldn’t Marc fall under the category of Self Employed, or better yet – Small business entrepeneur?

  6. Buffalo Rude October 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    Bravo! WNYMedia!

    Also, is there a rule where BP’s partisanship is a pejorative, but Mike in WNY’s is not? That’s a little bit kinda authoritarian, don’t you think? Or maybe Mike thinks he is a “down the middle, call it as he sees it” sorta guy? LOLZ

  7. DanB October 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    So does this mean WNYMedia will be taking credit for four more years of decline for New York? More taxes, more corruption, more people companies moving to other states, and more people having no choice but to follow.

    And accusing Paladino of changing his positions is a little rich.  When the first question in the debate was to name what four state agencies or programs you would cut did you notice how many Cuomo named in his minute and a half monologue?  Yeah, ZERO.

    This really isn’t even a blog, it is just a few people shilling for some politicians.

  8. Buffalo Rude October 28, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    DanB: Will the right wing own up to 12 full years of failure in NYS? (1994-2006 when 2 of the three men in the room were Republicans.) Of course not. Responsibility is something the right wing will gladly assign to others yet avoid at all costs. It’s the winger way!

  9. DanB October 28, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    BuffaloRude:  I am not sure who you mean by right wing but I can only say that I totally agree that the NYS Republican Party has been a disaster and it is a big part of why we are in this mess.  As Paladino correctly said Pataki was a “degenerate idiot” and Bruno was obviously crimminaly corrupt.  And to be fair a lot of people saw that – that is why Golisono ran as an independent against Pataki.
    To become as messed up as NY is it takes alot – it takes both political parties being disasters, it takes corruption AND waste AND inefficiency in government, and it take dominance of the political process by special interests and lobbyists.
    Assuming for a moment that Paladino is as fatally flawed as this page makes him out to be it would be nice to hear some alternate ideas on how this state could be fixed as I highly doubt the other guy is going to do it and if this keeps up fewer and fewer of us will be living in NY.

    • Alan Bedenko October 28, 2010 at 7:49 am #

      Well, that’s the thing, isn’t it? Patakinwas a weak, ineffective, feckless governor. To call him a “degenerate idiot” is (a) untrue; and (b) so over the top hostile that it makes Carl look like a scumbag.

      And scumbag behavior is one of the chief reasons why Cuomo’s Sep Q-poll +6 is now a +20.

  10. DanB October 28, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    No, the thing would appear to be you have no interest in the integrity of NYS government. I suppose you are having difficulty recalling the “consulting” and speach making of Libby and George Pataki. Let me refresh your memory:



    In any normal state this would be consider criminal conduct. Just as Sheldon Silver’s refusal to show whether his outside work conflicts creates conflicts of interest with his elected office or the AEG corruption where contracts were awarded by politicians rather than civil servants.
    So, yeah, Paladino was being kind and simply calling him degenerate rather than corrupt or criminal. But you take offense, ’cause as we all know porno e-mails are worse.

    • Alan Bedenko October 28, 2010 at 9:59 am #

      How come you ignore Mike Ranzenhofer’s outside work?

  11. DanB October 28, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I am not from Buffalo and I don’t even live in Western NY any more (I am in NYC and live in Eric Schniederman’s district if you must know). So I don’t know what Ranzenhofer’s transgressions may be. If is corrupt and does outside work that conflicts with his duties as a state senator I would not be surprised. It is the norm in this state.

    I don’t agree with all of Paladino’s positions but I agree with him on the following: a) we need independent redistricting b) we need 8 year term limits c) we need full disclosure by ALL state legislators of ALL outside work and income. If that alone could be accomplished NYS would have taken a huge step forward. Maybe we can agree on this?

  12. Max October 28, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    We need more “muckrakers” to expose the origins of the “muck” in the tradition of Lincoln Steffens and I.F. Stone. WNY Media is a refreshing antidote in a world that’s increasingly dominated by corporate and ideological oriented media sources. Well done, ladies and gentlemen!

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