Sunday, January 03, 2010

Author Jimmy Breslin: "People are getting away with murder all over the place, and the papers have a chance to say something about it"

Perhaps it was sly subversion, perhaps it was guilt, but in a New York Times Metropolitan section cover story today headlined New York’s Resolutions, an effort to solicit advice for the city, the respondent placed first took a swing at the Times and its brethren:
Jimmy Breslin, 80

Author and newspaperman

First, you’ve got to find a way to get rid of Albany. They’ve got people up there — I mean, all you have to do is look at what they’re up to. For 30 years, they let this guy Bruno, for example, just go on and on and on. It’s the seat of larceny, so I say just get rid of it.

Then you have to start a real newspaper. Do the newspapers today even attack anybody anymore? They had Bloomberg winning by a mile and a half. The people know more than the newspapers and the television does. They sure knew not to like Bloomberg as much as they were told to. People are getting away with murder all over the place, and the papers have a chance to say something about it. But they just don’t do it.

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