THE EARTH-SHATTERING HEADLINE AND LEAD --- BOB CAPANO ENDORSED BY CURTIS SLIWA AND THE NEW YORK STATE REFORM PARTY
AND AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH --- COUNCILMAN GENTILE ENDORSES HIS STAFFER JUSTIN BRANNAN TO GET HIS JOB
AND STILL MORE [NO, NOT THE GINSU KNIVES ! ! !] --- MARTY GOLDEN [AGAIN] IS REPORTED TO BE [STILL] ENDORSING JOHN QUAGLIONE*
Flurries on June 7th can be big news, but not this time…..
Earlier today, Paula Katinas, one of the Brooklyn Eagle’s reporters, wrote that --- “As the petitioning process began in the race for the Bay Ridge City Council seat, a flurry of endorsements came in for candidates, including Republican Bob Capano, who has won the support of WABC radio personality Curtis Sliwa…. Sliwa, who is the founder of the Guardian Angels citizen patrol group and the chairman of the New York State Reform party, said Capano is an impressive candidate…..” (See “Curtis Sliwa backing Capano for City Council” by Paula Katinas, 6/7/17, Brooklyn Daily Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/6/7/curtis-sliwa-backing-capano-city-council?cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D]).
CAPANO & SLIWA GET TEENSY-WEENSY
BIT OF “EARNED MEDIA” IN THE FORM OF A LEG-OVER HEADLINE AND LEAD PLACEMENT IN
A NON-NEWS STORY ABOUT THREE LOCAL CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ NON-NEWS
If what you saw immediately above this sub-heading was the lovely PK’s headline and lead, you know that she was really reaching on this sunny but cool Wednesday in June. However, in this instance, maybe, we all should cut this Bay Ridge working girl a little slack; maybe she was trying to give Bob Capano a little boost over the others mentioned in the article: or maybe she and the folks at “The Eagle” actually thought the Capano non-news was more worthy of the headline and lead than the other candidates’ non-news.
You see, the Katinas-Eagle article was not just about Bob Capano’s endorsement(s) by Curtis Sliwa and/or the NYS Reform Party. Don’t forget, Paula was reporting on a “flurry” of endorsements; she included in her report two other (what some might have you believe were "Day the Earth Stood Still" level) news events --- fellow Republican John Quaglione's endorsement by Marty Golden (yes, that momentous occurrence had been reported previously in the Eagle and on this blog, as well); and Democrat Justin Brannan's endorsement by the incumbent City Councilman, Vinny Gentile.
If I haven’t been clear, I think that all three of these endorsements were non-news events of the first order. They had been long expected and not one of them changed the political landscape one iota. In fact, the only interesting news story , which might have been generated about these candidates and these endorsers, would have to have been a report about one or more of these endorsers’ >>> NOT ENDORSING <<< the respective potential endorsee or endorsees. Alas, that "man bights dog" story did not come to pass.
*PLEASE NOTE: I WAS TORN BETWEEN SAYING >>> THAT GOLDEN WAS STILL ENDORSING QUAGLIONE --- OR --- THAT THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE WAS AGAIN REPORTING THAT GOLDEN WAS ENDORSING QUAGLIONE <<<.
Please note further: that it would be a mistake to read-in both of the bracketed words, [AGAIN] and [STILL] in the same sub-heading at this time. However, if the Brooklyn Daily Eagle were to re-report that non-news event yet again, then both “again” and “still’ could be used in referring to that second re-report of that similar non-news event, as well as all subsequent similar re-reports.