The New York Times slogan,”All the news that’s fit to print.” is a strange jingle for a newspaper,that prides itself on unobstructed journalism.If it is fit to print, then it seems like it is by some means, sanitized.
What about the news that is not fit to print?What happens to that?Perhaps there could be a new section in the skimpy Saturday’s Times , The Unfit Section added to bulk out the paper.Since it would be all unfit news they could offer discount advertising. They complain that bloggers are stealing all their steam,and more important their advertising revenues,so I offer my ideas free of charge, as hand of support.However….
In February 2000, the Times teamed with Forest City Ratner Companies, headed by Bruce Ratner, a key Giuliani fundraiser.Under the deal then Governor George Pataki and the state-controlled Empire State Development Corporation used its power of condemnation to take the property from its unwilling private owners and turn it over to the Times for a 52-story corporate headquarters along Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets. They got a choice midtown property at about 80 million dollars below market value—and city taxpayers paid the difference. The Pataki administration, acting on behalf of the New York Times Company, condemned the property for a so-called “public purpose.” This is the standard the Fifth Amendment sets for the state to invoke the immense power of eminent domain.
At one time, “public purpose” usually meant a highway, bridge, or utility service—something the public was actually allowed to use. But now it’s routine for the courts to declare it a “public purpose” for the state to seize privately owned land so that another private owner can erect a very private office building where the public are denied access.The lease which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, also bars renting space in the 52-story building for “a school or classroom or juvenile or adult day care or drop-in center.” It forbids “medical uses, including without limitation, hospital, medical, or dental offices, agencies, or clinics.” It gives the New York Times Company “the sole and absolute discretion” to reject United Nations or foreign-government offices, including any “considered controversial” or that are potentially the focus of demonstrations. It bans any “employment agency (other than executive-search firms) or job training center” and auction houses, “provided, however, the foregoing shall not apply to high-end auction houses specializing in art and historical artifacts.” Discount stores are forbidden. And the deal bars “a welfare or social-services office, homeless shelter or homeless assistance center, court or court-related facility.”
In fact, any government office is excluded from the building if it would attract people who arrive “without appointment.”
Also no tacky fast food joints like McDonald’s or Taco Bell’s, but Starbucks or Cosy will fit right in to the bourgeois neighborhood ambiance. A student dormitory, business school, hat shop, fabric store,and a fruit and veggie stand were bulldozed to make way for the new Times headquarters.
Condemnation of private property for private development in New York City is often done as part of a no-bid deal that favors politically powerful businesses—companies that are major campaign contributors, hire politically connected lobbyists, or in the case of the Times, are media companies with enormous clout.
This is my suggestion for the first story for the Unfit Section.I think most people would find that more interesting than the Sunday Style Section, or some of that other plutocratic crap, they love to run, that only social climbers, love to read.