Jan 29


Monday Morning Read

Jim Heaney's recommended reading this week focuses on politics and the media.

You can read Jim Heaney’s recommended reading on Monday morning. Or Sunday morning, along with a wrap-up of Investigative Post’s reporting of the previous week, if you subscribe to WeeklyPost.

Common Council President Darius Pridgen is not seeking re-election next year. In my dealing with Pridgen over the years I found him to be smart, charismatic and street savvy. Unfortunately, the Council under his leadership has been a rubber stamp for Byron Brown. His approach has been to go-along to get-along with the mayor. The city needs an independent and vigilant Council.

Brown gathered people Friday to express their horror over the beating death of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police. This from a mayor who has done next to nothing to reform his own police department, which has been involved in the deaths of four civilians in recent years.

The New York Coalition For Open Government documented how governments across the state get around legal requirements that they meet in public. A damning report.

For you political junkies, Ken Kruly has a rundown on what local politicians have in the bank. Spoiler alert: Sen. Tim Kennedy has a lot.

A Buffalo News report lends credence to allegations of corruption involving the award of a state contract at inflated prices for Covid tests. The company that got the contract was a major contributor to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s campaign last year.

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Margaret Sullivan’s retirement didn’t last a whole lot longer than Tom Brady’s. She stepped down as media columnist for The Washington Post late last summer to do a little teaching and write fiction. She resurfaced last week with The Guardian, which said she’ll be writing a weekly column on media, politics and culture. In her first piece, she writes about what she would do if Elon Musk handed her the keys to Twitter. I’m glad she’s returned to the ranks of working journalists; she’s an important voice.

In other media news:

Fewer and fewer people want to work for the government, The Marshall Project reports.

Journalism lost a giant last week with the death of Victor Navasky of The Nation. What a career.

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