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Thanks Always, Buffalo News

Filed under: Local Politics, Media

It feels so petty to make a point of this again. But what the hell.

This evening, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy wrote about a decision by the Erie County Board of Elections to investigate whether the use of Buffalo police officers in a campaign ad for Mayor Byron Brown violates state law. McCarthy laid the groundwork for the BOE’s decision by referring to two letters: one from Police Benevolent Association vice president Bill Gambino to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita asking the DA to investigate, and then Sedita’s obnoxious reply to Gambino. McCarthy’s article refers to both letters as having been “obtained by the Buffalo News.”

Okay, but we wrote about this whole deal, including the exchange of letters, two weeks ago. And we published the letters themselves here at AV Daily.

The News may have “obtained” those letters independent of our publication of them, but we published them first; if the situation were reversed, I would not dream of pretending that the News had not beat us to a story. I would credit them for having done so. Why is it so difficult for the News to extend to us—and to any other news outlet in this region—the same courtesy? 

I know I just registered this same complaint a month ago. I will no doubt whine about it in the future. But thus ends the pettiness for the day.