New York as Punching Bag

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times, describes how New York City has been used as a negative in campaign ads this cycle.

Watch some of the ads highlighted in the story here to get a sense of the visuals: 


David Chen

Comments [18]

stephen from NY,NY

The problem is that the images of NY are not all wrong. My husband works for a Big Bank and we just watched his entire department bieng outsourced to Dubai. It is a heartless, money driven machine. And if we are all f*ed if it doesn't change.

Oct. 27 2010 07:35 AM
Dw Dunphy from Red Bank, NJ

I live in New Jersey. I can't even afford to go into the city for a day-trip. Living there is unfathomable. As insane as the "Rent Is Too Damn High" Party is, it taps into an anger, and a truth, that is very real. How could anyone ever feel connected to a city that clearly has priced all the devotion out of a person?

Is NYC a punching bag? Probably. A real person would swing back.

Oct. 26 2010 05:33 PM
geTaylor from Bklyn., NY


"if they don't want my money why am i sending it?"

For the same reasons that liars, looters and plunders have always sent money to those they seek to keep on the reservation.
To gain their permission for your depredations.
(and you can be sure your money is accepted by those who would rather live easy than live free.)

Oct. 26 2010 11:58 AM

i guess my point is if they don't want my money why am i sending it?

Oct. 26 2010 11:42 AM
geTaylor from Bklyn., NY


Gee, I don't think it reads:
"We, the People of the United States, in order
to form a more perfect Investment Vehicle ... "

You're continuing to sound like those money worshiping, secessionist tea party people you always seem to be complaining about.

But of course materialists and collectivists share many common characteristics.
Not the least of which is to insist on "treating others a you think they are treating you" [the gospel according to Obama, see video at] .

Oct. 26 2010 11:38 AM
Mike from Tribeca

Here's hoping you don't fawn over your guest like you did in your previous segment. More substance and less blah blah blah, please. For instance, I'd love to know why the Times is in the pocket of the mayor and the real estate magnates.

Oct. 26 2010 11:26 AM
jonn knoxx

NY is now only for lawyers, bankers, celebs, and the rich.

New York's new t-shirt slogan:

I $

Oct. 26 2010 11:03 AM

if that's the only purpose then i'd as a NY taxpayer, would, like to stop send welfare to the red states, there is no return on my investment.

Oct. 26 2010 11:03 AM
Coach Rich from Murray Hill

So, when did the bailout happen and under what administration was it constructed/

Oct. 26 2010 10:47 AM
Robert from NYC

The Rust Belt?! Do you mean Queens?

Oct. 26 2010 10:47 AM
josh from brooklyn

thank you Brian, exactly what I was about to write in concerning the conflict within the republicans: bashing wall street yet crying for less regulation. but you said it better

Oct. 26 2010 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

You really don't get it? I think the point is that they all take money from Wall Street. Isn't that the case?

Oct. 26 2010 10:41 AM

These tea party confederates make no sense. They worship the rich and free markets but hate on Wall St. yet who is more rich and free market than Wall St.?

Oct. 26 2010 10:41 AM
geTaylor from Bklyn., NY

Perhaps those who state ". . . i'm losing interest in federalism!" are failing to appreciate the it was not meant to be a convocation of scorpions in a bottle, each vying against the other for its own and others' wealth, treasure and goods. It was only meant to organize the political relations and authority between and among the several states and the federal government; to ensure the liberty of the former and the viability of the latter.

Oct. 26 2010 10:40 AM
Robert from NYC

Awwww, poor NYC! Pleeeeeeezzzzzzz! So what! Does this segment have a purpose? Do many segments on PBS lately have a purpose?

Oct. 26 2010 10:36 AM
Robert from NYC

Wasn't John Bonehead in the car too? You know, the House Minority Leader?

Oct. 26 2010 10:34 AM

i watched the ads. an attack on wall st IS NOT an attack on NY. what a strange thing to say

Oct. 26 2010 10:31 AM

and doesn't NY pay the federal taxes that some of the other (red)states are to poor to pay?
i'm losing interest in federalism!

Oct. 26 2010 10:24 AM

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