God Save the NY Times Edition – Streetsblog New York City

When it comes to coverage of transportation issues in the city that bears its name, The New York Times is nothing but a maddening mess.

Example: yesterday exclusive handout narrative about the city’s announcement of a tiny $4 million billboard campaign begging motorists to stop killing their fellow New Yorkers. We’re not saying the campaign isn’t news – it is. But it’s only news if you’ve covered other progressive developments in the more than eight-year effort to expose the recklessness, danger and chaos of the majority of public space that is monopolized by drivers. .

Aside from the fact that The Times reflexively covered Vision Zero and public transit from a driver’s perspective, the fact that Winnie Hu devoted his considerable talents to writing a DOT press release on a small expense – then didn’t even bother to critically cover it, like we did – makes no sense of an article that ignored such important stories in 2022 as:

  • Mayor Adams’ promise to redevelop 1,000 intersections this year.
  • Adams promise to reduce the vehicle fleet.
  • The promise of the DOT, then go back on the hardening of the bike paths.
  • The city’s bold plan to make the open street of 34th Avenue a “Paseo Park”.
  • Mayor Adams’ call for Albany to renew the speed camera system.
  • The fact that the speed camera system is fair, but the roads it monitors are not.
  • The poor response, lies and intimidation of the NYPD on 311 service requests regarding traffic safety issues.

Hu’s story on the $4 million campaign reminded us of her earlier myopia on the mayor’s 1,000 intersections announcement, when she decided to focus on 100 intersections that would have raised pedestrian crossings — even though the DOT had deployed it years earlier.

In all fairness, the Times did not ignore everything – the document followed our coverage of the increase in accidents this yearAnd other outlets (looking at you, Daily News, gothamist and Brooklyn Paper) did not cover the billboard ad with the slightest bit of skepticism. But when we read the Times Metro section, we constantly wonder what city its editors live in – and where they think their readers also reside.

In other news:

  • Speaking of the Times, the so-called Paper of Record has again been called out for exaggerating the extent of crime in the subway. (human transit)
  • Our business friends have launched a new alternative news site, hell gateand the first “issue” is a must read.
  • Indeed, one of the earliest stories of outlets was a big one by Nick Pinto on how Dara Weiss, a city attorney who has long defended the NYPD, was fired on Friday after she was “discovered for lying to the federal judge and forging multiple documents, faking fake copies of an e- email she claimed to have sent, but I never did.
  • Police malfeasance also made a lot of headlines yesterday:
    • gothamist reported that the NYPD blockade undermined many CCRB cases.
    • Streetsblog reported how the NYPD lied to cover up a cop defacing the plates.
    • A retired NYPD police officer was among the insurgents at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. (NYDN, New York Post)
    • Police are fleshing out their paltry reckless driving summons numbers by having anti-weapons units stop drivers at random and then, apparently, flag them down for minor traffic violations when there is no no gun in the car. (New York Post)
  • We know cars are bad for bus service, but when they crash into train tracks, they’re bad for train service too. (amNY)
  • Many critics poke fun at Mayor Adams’ disagreement on the annual Inner Circle satirical show. The post office played straight, but to the new hell gate site, Christopher Robbins got into the weeds about this fake charity and his comfort with mayors past and present. “Inert circle”, he called it. Nice.
  • Again, the Daily News reported a horrific accident, posted a photo with the car’s driver’s plate number, then failed to report the driver’s previous recklessness (in this case, four speeding tickets issued by camera since december).
  • NYC Transit’s new president, Richard Davey, was at the Roosevelt-74th Street station in Jackson Heights, chatting with passengers. (New York Post, amNY, gothamist)
  • And, finally, we’re consistently impressed with John Oliver’s mastery of journalism, satire, and blunt yucks on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” and his latest segment on environmental racism is a prime example. Unfortunately, the piece had one glaring omission. Would it have killed Oliver to also point out the racist history of American highways and cars? Still, a must watch:

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