Saturday, February 13, 2010

As the press obsesses about Paterson rumors, Atlantic Yards news is ignored

A reader asked me a few days back if I was going to weigh in and chastise the New York Times for not yet printing the much-rumored blockbuster article about Governor David Paterson.

I had nothing to add, I said; it's all a hall of mirrors. Indeed, an article published Tuesday night on the Observer's web site by John Koblin, The Fake-News Cycle (with graphic, below; click to enlarge), summed up how rumors went viral.

Subsequently, the Times, on its City Room blog, even printed an unbylined article headlined In Albany, a Rumor of a Rumor Catches Fire.


What they're missing

Meanwhile, neither the Times nor the Observer--nor any other newspaper, save the Daily News, which treated it almost as an aside--has reported that the Development Agreement for Atlantic Yards gives the developer 12 years to build Phase 1 and 25 years to build the whole project, with many opportunities for extensions and mild penalties for most delays.

And why is that important? Because the state and the developer pledge that the goal is to build the project in a decade--and issue still in court--so no Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was necessary.

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