When a Non-Endorsement is Fit to Print

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Terry Tang, deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times, explains the decision by the editorial board to not endorse either Governor Cuomo or his challenger Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Teachout's running mate Tim Wu did get their backing over the governor's pick, Kathy Hochul.

So how does the Times editorial board actually work? Here's a break-down:


Terry Tang

Comments [16]

Mike Dor from Islip, NY

Great! Protest voting is the only measure what voter has, because this political system is designed to provide only bad choices for the people. So just to vote the out - is the only language that our politicians comprehend.

Aug. 28 2014 10:58 AM

QUOTE - "The whole NYT analysis is specious. The governorship of NY is not the Presidency and there is no existential threat to either the state or country that would necessitate having an experienced executive in the position."

LOL, oh, like the Community Organizer with NO EXPERIENCE IN ANYTHING and couldn't even reveal his academic record who got into the White House on a sympathy vote for a hope of racial harmony. (How"d that work out for ya'?)
LOL, "experienced executive" indeed.

Aug. 28 2014 10:36 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Able Magwitch, Brian did specify that the Times' *editorial board* isn't a legal "person." I'd rather he'd also mentioned that the Times itself is one, & it would have been interesting to go into the relationship btwn. the paper & its editorial board & how independent (or not) the editorial board is.

Aug. 28 2014 10:35 AM
sp from nyc

Did I just hear her say "we have core values"??? How would she define those values--pandering and cowardice?

Aug. 28 2014 10:31 AM

Brian, are you really satisfied that Cuomo could make a deal even if it didn't solve the problem???

Cuomo & Hochul behave politically like 1950s moderate Midwest Republicans like Cuomo's mentors, Bill & Hillary.

Times have changed since the 90s. Bill, Hill & Cuomo have not. Andrew doesnt' belong in the same Party as his father.

Aug. 28 2014 10:30 AM
Marcos from the Bronx

This is sexist!

Ms Teachout has better experience than the candidate for Lt Gov, is male and he receives an endorsement.

Aug. 28 2014 10:29 AM

"How the sausage in made"???

Really, Bri'??

"Insider" jargon??

Aug. 28 2014 10:29 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Cuomo could have announced that some people had pointed out that the Moreland Commission had at least an apparent conflict of interest, that he acknowledged that, & that he invited the legislature or some neutral organization to form its own commission to investigate him & his administration. But he didn't. Instead he refused subpoenas & tried to keep it covered up.

Aug. 28 2014 10:27 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

The whole NYT analysis is specious. The governorship of NY is not the Presidency and there is no existential threat to either the state or country that would necessitate having an experienced executive in the position. What does the NY governor do, exactly? What can he/she do? Nothing without the legislature. They just push an agenda and an activist governor could stir the pot and that's just what we need. Moral cowardice from the NYT has come to be the hallmark of their editorial page and this "non-endorsement" is no different.

Aug. 28 2014 10:22 AM
Claire from Westchester from Westchester

The NYT non-endorsement is like a Standard Flower Show where the accredited judges decide there isn't an entry worthy of a first place. The top award then could be a 2nd or 3rd place or even an Honorable Mention depending on the quality of the entries.

Aug. 28 2014 10:20 AM

She said Teachout has no political experience.

Is this a bad thing?

Aug. 28 2014 10:13 AM
RJ from prospect hts

The Times reasons for nonendorsement sounds reasonable but in fact is sadly lacking. It's note that Cuomo did not prioritize redistricti8ng is inaccurate; it was not a question of priority but of deal making with the State Senate. This on top of his failing in the Moreland Commission and the farcical "pilot" for campaign finance reform set up with the budget deal underscores his moral failings in these fundamental areas--these failures undermine his ability to achieve small-d democratic political change. It *causes* the fractiousness the Times board complains of. As far as managing a large institution, Gov. Cuomo has not distinguished himself--and also did not have experience running a fractious government prior to his election in 2010. He had run a federal cabinet department--a one-man show that made him accountable only to the president, and his record there was questionable; cleaning up HUD was not one of his successes. Running the NYS attorney general's office similarly was a one-man show. Zephyr Teachout is the expert in cleaning up corruption. She would be tasked with hiring and appointing skilled advisers--similar to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who similarly had not run a major, fractious government prior to his election--and her history of running the Sunlight Foundation and analyzing the way government works--in addition to her in-depth knowledge of how to examine the workings of government gives her a strong edge in analyzing the needs of New York state.

Aug. 28 2014 10:12 AM
Able Magwitch from Manhattan

Brian says something to the effect that "Exxon is a person under the law" and the NYT rep says "Well, that's a problem right there!" not realizing that the NYT is a person under the same rules as both Exxon and the NYT are corporations. What a joke.

Aug. 28 2014 10:12 AM

NYT afraid to endorse a possible reformer???

Another show of cowardice by the NYT ? Or is the NYT still the creature of Keller & company??

Aug. 28 2014 10:10 AM
Steve from NYC

In its non-endorsement, The Times seems to be doing what it criticizes voters for doing: refusing to choose between what it considers to be candidates not worthy of an endorsement. Many voters, including myself, are often disappointed in the ballot choices yet we are told if we don't vote we shouldn't criticize who wins.
I wonder if The Times would support voters refusing to vote if they don't like the choices.
And, because of its non-endorsement, will The Times consider it to have lost its right to criticize the winner?

Aug. 28 2014 10:08 AM
sp from nyc

Shame on you! If you expect your endorsements to ever be taken seriously, you cannot abdicate responsibility when the putative leader is morally bankrupt (and corrupt), just because you don't want to offend a powerful politician. Zephyr Teachout meets all legal requirements to become governor, as well as demonstrating the ethical standards New York has long found sorely lacking. We will have to choose a Democratic candidate with or without the NYT's endorsement, so your self-serving stance does nothing but expose your cowardice.

Aug. 28 2014 10:03 AM

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