Friday, April 22, 2005

Rutenberg's Overstatement

Whatever one thinks of Gifford Miller, Allan Jennings and NY Times City Hall bureau chief Jim Rutenberg, a certain amount of perspective seems inadvertently absent from this sentence in Rutenberg's lede today:

Allegations of sexual harassment against Councilman Allan W. Jennings Jr. of
Queens, which first surfaced more than a year ago, presented Gifford Miller
with his first major test as the Council's speaker.
(emphasis added)

Rutenberg, who is generally an outstanding reporter and analyst, can perhaps be forgiven. He was covering presidential media wars during the property tax fight, the budget fights of 2002 and 2003 and the lead paint bill debate.

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