Monday, August 13, 2012

What's missing from "For Better or Worse, Barclays is Becoming a Brooklyn Fixture"

There's a Jay Rosen-style analysis about false balance that could be applied to the DNAinfo article For Better or Worse, Barclays is Becoming a Brooklyn Fixture:
And amidst the cacophony of welcoming cheers and voices of dissent, Barclays is steadily building its image as the friendly neighbor.
“We are putting the Brooklyn community first in everything we do,” said Nets and Barclay Center spokesman Barry Baum. “We are continuing to plan new programs that will help us further our goal of giving back and bettering the lives of those in the surrounding communities.”
Through their community relations organization, Barclays Nets Community Alliance, Barclays has partnered with Brooklyn YMCA, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the City Housing Authority, and the Maimonides Medical Center, and more to provide free programs to residents.
They are also creating jobs.
"In preparation for opening day at Barclays Center, Forest City Ratner Companies created a hiring plan to staff about 2,000 positions in the arena," said Mandy Gutmann, spokeswoman for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. "And it is our goal to fill as many of the positions as possible with local NYCHA residents
Or maybe just a lesson in anti-manipulation.

My comment

As I commented, missing from this article is recognition of significant public subsidies and tax breaks for the arena, as well as the gift of arena naming rights to sell. You can add up all that charity--how does that compare to the $10M+ per year Forest City Ratner gets from Barclays for naming rights?

As for the "2,000 positions," that's not 2,000 full-time jobs. Even according to Forest City, that's 1,240 full-time equivalent. The real number, I suspect, is even lower.

Here's how the Barclays Nets Community Alliance has claimed credit for "funding" playground refurbishment mostly funded by the public, unmentioned in your link to NY Post coverage above.

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